Photographer offers “real” women the chance to be a model for a day

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Wedding and portrait photographer Andy Sheppard, who has run Wellesbourne’s Avon Studios for the past 20 years, has been selected by the industry’s only professional photographic body, the Master Photographers Association, and Nikon to photograph models at a live studio demonstration at Focus 2008 at Birmingham’s NEC on Sunday February 24.

Andy, who has photographed the likes of super model Jodie Kidd, premiership footballers and the Teletubbies, decided to decline the offer of using “official” models at the shoot – and instead to offer South Warwickshire hopefuls the chance to be a model for the day.

“It’s a great honour to be commissioned for this job. I thought rather than use professional models for the shoots it would be nice to give local people the chance to have a day of stardom. So we’re asking potential models – not waif-like size zero women but real people – to send us a photograph. We will then select three of them to work with us at the NEC.”

Winning applicants will be modelling in a live studio environment and will be able to take away a selection of large format professional photographs for use in a portfolio – or to furnish their home as pieces of lifestyle art or give to friends.

Anyone who would like to be considered should send a recent photograph, which doesn’t have to be professionally taken, to Suzanne (Photographic Co-ordinator) at Avon Studios, 3, Kineton Road, Wellesbourne, CV35 5NE. For more information call Andrew or Suzanne on 01789 470663.