Monday, 14 November 2011

All Change!

Well, I thought it was about time for a long overdue blog entry.

For anyone who follows my work, I'd just like to let you know that I have decided not to renew the subscription on my current main portfolio site. After almost ten years on onemodelplace, I have built up my portfolio over time, and my page is representative of a decade's worth of modelling. I don't mind admitting that I am proud of every image on that portfolio, and have maintained the subscription (mostly for sentimental reasons) so that I had an online body of work all on one page, that I linked from all my other websites. I have always been loyal to OMP as it was the first modelling website I signed up to, and it used to generate a lot of work. My portfolio there has received well over 3.6 million views, I have 46 showcased images, and at one time had roughly the same number and more again on photographer's profiles. I was and still am a featured model on OMP; one of only four or five British models ever to be featured, and (I think) I have the second highest viewing ratings of any British model ever, which for an international networking site with thousands of members, is quite an achievement. Of all that, I am proud.

However, the site has become increasingly expensive, and less user-friendly. I liked the simplicity of the early days with HTML, which has been replaced by unnecessary flash and complicated menu systems. These days, the site takes forever to download, and is impossible to manage, as well as the fact that the UK membership has dwindled to almost nothing, and all those photographers who used to be connected on the site have disappeared. It is, therefore, no longer cost effective to keep it going, and I can't justify it any longer simply for sentimental reasons.

So, if you follow my blog, then I encourage you to visit my main portfolio before I downgrade the subscription. It currently houses 300 of my favourite images spanning ten years of work. It should remain active until at least 19th November, when it will be downgraded. You can visit it here:

Once I have downgraded that profile, I will be using a new portfolio via a very promising new site called Purple Port. I'll shortly link all my websites to my portfolio here: This new portfolio features a selection of my photos from 2010 onwards, but I won't be uploading archived material. Many of the images on my original portfolio are not online elsewhere, so after these next few days, they will be consigned to history (and old hard drives). The end of an era.

I'm accompanying this blog post with a new image which may go some way towards explaining my recent modelling hiatus. It may also help to explain why I have recently chosen to re-prioritise my life (a very good reason that I wasn't ready to share sooner). I am very excited about the direction my life will shortly be taking (January, to be precise), and while I hope to continue modelling in future, I can't 100% guarantee I will have the time or inclination. I hope to carry on modelling next year for creative reasons, even if only for fun, and in the meantime I will certainly be modelling until Christmas (albeit in a slightly different style!) and there are many more of these images to come. This is the first of many, and happens to be the first image I have received back from recent shoots.

Image by and copyright of Shaun McGarry


  1. BEAUTIFUL image. You look so amazing!

  2. You are a gorgeous pregnant woman ! Congratulations !

  3. It is a shame the OMP pictures are not being reported somewhere else as they resent a fantastic body of work by yourself, and make wonderful viewing.

    Thanks for the recent "baby bump" shoot sheer at Bright Lights. I'm very pleased to feature on your blog.

    Best wishes, Shaun

  4. I first saw your work on OMP, fell in love with your images. I applaud your decision--babies have a way of changing your life's goals! :) and OMP has become burdensome, I am also thinking of dropping mine completely.
    Congratulations on your soon to be new addition, and a decade of wonderful images

  5. Lovely image, you look very well. All the best.