A sunny Friday morning in North London, at the home of our feature subject, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour Magazine, Deborah Joseph. She welcomed us with plenty of tea, pastries, excited vibes and her gorgeous pugs.
Working with the incredible photographer Mark Harrison, his assistant Ben and super stylist Hannah Skelley we were ready to create some iconic imagery to go alongside the very important topic of Deborah's article. Writing an exclusive piece for The Times Magazine, Deborah describes experiences in the industry she has worked in for many years; topics including race, religion and heritage with the perhaps unexpected discrimination that comes with that. Open and honest, her words are at times shocking but all the while highlighting the importance of background and how it never held her back. Truly inspiring.
I chose to use Charlotte Tilbury for this shoot, using their flawless bases, smouldering eye shades and iconic lip colours. Then to coif Deborah's enviable locks, Aveda was my hair product of choice, using their new 'Botanical Repair' range, six years in the making, healing and protecting the hair as it aids styling.
After prepping Deborah's skin, I started with some 'Hollywood Flawless Filter' to give her skin a glow, followed by a sheer base of 'Light Wonder' as she has great skin. Any areas that needed a dab of concealer, I went in with the 'Magic Away' wand to brighten under the eyes and erase minor imperfections (of which there were few!). Having worked with Deborah on a few occasions, I know that she loves a bit of a smokey eye. I was spoilt for choice with what I had to play with but ended up mixing some charcoal around her lash and socket line, whilst applying some pearly tones to pop the inner corners of her eyes, very important when you're being photographed.
I check with my clients at every stage, ensuring they're comfortable with the shades we're going for. I showed Deborah my choice of lipstick for her and she loved it. Complimenting her lip tone, we loved it even more when noticing the name, 'Walk of No Shame', perfectly fitting Deborah's general demeanour and the mood of this shoot!
Decked out in threads from Sleeper, Derek Lam and Pinko, our soundtrack was anthems by fellow northerners Oasis, as Deborah posed perfectly for each shot. A few outfit changes, rejecting too much colour, knowing that she looks and feels best in black, Deborah smashed it.
After capturing the key shots, we had to get one with Deborah and her beloved dogs...as a devoted #pugmum she held them in her arms and Mark snapped away, getting everyone at their best angles!
Thank you to The Times Magazine, the amazing team and Deborah, for being the dream #boss ;-)
Taken from The Times Magazine, read the full article here