…and I have shot – on four continents – with hundreds more than I could ever remember. I have been photographing women for over 33 years – since I started my business in 1980. Or even longer, if you count that my first ad appeared on the front page of the newspapers when I was 17.
It was shot on a twin-lens Rollieflex. Using Plus X 120 film!
[My girlfriend at the time was my model. She was 16 and posed for free, of course. Hey, I was 17.
I made enough money to take her on a half-decent date.]
Since then I have done a ton of International corporate work, commercials, magazine covers and fashion editorial work – all usually involving female models.
As they say in the ads “When you do one thing for a very long time, you get very good at it”
And I may have learnt a thing or two over the years.
I like to show women as strong, in control and empowered.
Many women have actually said this to me – and said that’s why they like my style.
I didn’t know I was doing that until it was pointed out to me – by women.
But there you go.
I have found that I always admired confident, self-sufficient, independent women.
Those who have built lives and careers, businesses and families.
Those who could deal with the ups and downs of life with resolve, humour, sheer gutsiness and courage.
This, I suppose explains my themes of Fantasy Women, Warrior Women, Women with Swords and weapons, Women as the ideal Avatar.
I also like to shoot dance-styled poses and fashion poses influenced by dance – and here I mean classical ballet.
Although I do use contemporary dance as well.
You will often see my nudes in ballet shoes en pointe or in ballet mode.
A lot of my work crosses over into various genres of classical and contemporary art, some of it into fashion editorial and includes fine art nudes and street art and street fashion.
I tend to favour bright, happy, saturated colours on the one hand or pastels and desaturated pale palettes on the other.
Of course, the purity of black and white and tints on B&W.
Art Nouveau and Art Decor. Surrealism and Modern Graphics.
I play with the textures and colours of Klimt, Van Gogh and Chagall.
I love the fussy intricate stylings of Alphonse Mucha.
I mimic the pop-art of Andy Warhol and Roy Liechtenstein from time to time.
I love Georgia O’Keefe.
And Salvador Dali.
I take inspiration from fantasy artists like Luis Roja and Boris Vallejo.
Orientalism is another major influence.
Noir movies drove my early stylings. Specially Hitchcock.
Kill Bill and Sin City have added to my repertoire.
but you now know how I approach your shoot.
There may have once been a frustrated artist in me wanting to break out – but he quietened down at some time.
But that comes out in my photographic work – for better or worse.
You may like it – or not.
I don’t take a formulaic approach to my shoots – each shoot is planned and storyboarded individually.
But within the planned and detailed shoot there is always room for spontaneity and any wild ideas we hatch on the spot.
That’s what I do and what you will get if you shoot with me.
I don’t have a set number of ‘looks’ we will shoot, nor a set number of ‘changes’.
That’s why I say you should set aside a day to shoot with me.
We will shoot for several hours.
Between 3-4 hours plus another two hours or so for makeup, hair, primping and pampering.
And don’t forget the champagne (or cocktail) breaks.
Well, I guarantee a Signature Masterpiece portrait of you.
[‘Portrait’ may imply a headshot, but to me it could just as easily be a 3/4 length or full-length portrait].
This may be a heritage Giclee archival canvas – guaranteed for life. Or,
An archival framed wall-print – also guaranteed for life.
That’s the core item.
But around that are other items such a deluxe folio of prints and DVD of selected, retouched digital images which you may choose to print yourself anytime.
There’s more detailed on my shoot pages if you want to READ MORE HERE >
If you are a woman, your chances of having a shoot with me are very good.
It doesn’t matter to me what your age is, what your height or weight is or even what you think you look like.
I promise to make you look the most beautiful you ever have.
So, if you want to shoot with me, here’s how you can make this happen:
– Book a shoot for a day & time convenient for you – obviously a day which is open and available in my studio.
– Pay the fees and everything will be organised for you and flow from there….
– Roll up for the shoot; [how a shoot works is explained here]
– Have a real ball shooting; and later,
– Get the images you have chosen.
– Enjoy them forever – display them, show them off, use them on social media and on your folio.
It is all clearly detailed on the shoot pages of my Harry Neelam Studios site: