Next up we have the amazing Anjuli Jones. Anjuli is a child psychologist who specialises in helping children with autism. She’s also from Mauritius and has an award winning smile. As we got chatting I learned that she was trying to gain her doctorate, but because she was born and raised in Mauritius, it was going to cost her £35,000 a year in order to gain her qualification in the UK, because there is no bursary for international students here. That kind of pissed me off, and also inspired me to create this photo. I wanted to create something heroic with this shot, but also very earthy as she was so warm and lovely to speak to. So I picked this awesome mix of colours and tones and added some texture to the wall behind to give this intensity to the image. I wanted to portray Anjuli as someone bravely struggling to make a difference, despite the odds. A stoic. But happy, too. I really love this image that I made. Oh, and that lovely mustard coloured blanket? Yeah, that’s Roux’s, and it was red.
Next up we have Karl William Lund, who is a singer, songwriter and one man band. Amazingly, Karl entered the Eurovision Song Contest via the public entry system and got all the way to the final two before he was beaten out by a One Direction rip-off. But despite the loss, he’s kickstarted his music career and he’s off touring round Europe thanks to his almost success. However, being a one-man group is a tough, tough business when you have no one around you to give support. Plus he makes stadium-sized pop music, so he has to do all that work himself. So for this photo I wanted to recreate a stage-like setting for Karl to sit in, alone. He’s turning away from the table and chairs, that are also empty and looking up to yep, you guessed it a lime coloured light. Karl was great to work with and I had a lot of fun with this shoot.