Photography has always been at the heart of GlamCandy, capturing the skills and expertise demonstrated by our tutors and students.
With the astronomical success of GlamCandy came the growth of our photography team.
Initially, the vast majority of GlamCandy’s tutors and student portfolios were captured by our in-house photographer, Jodie Mann.
Jodie Mann @Jodiemannphotography is an internationally published creative photographer from the Highlands of Scotland, based in Edinburgh. Specialising in both commercial and fine art fashion and beauty imagery.
Jodie has over 6 years’ experience in the field whilst being entirely self-taught. Jodie’s main interests were initially in makeup artistry, but once a need to document her designs became apparent, her interest in photography soon followed.
Using a sheet as a backdrop and a friend as a model, Jodie quickly discovered her passions lay in creative image-making.
In 2011, Jodie left school aged 17, bypassed University, and plunged herself straight into the commercial industry whilst living and working from the Highlands.
During her time here, Jodie used the exquisite surroundings to her advantage; building an impressive and extensive portfolio whilst working alongside some of the best talents the UK has to offer.
In 2012, Jodie began her journey into fine art photography when she collaborated with her sister Jocasta – a digital illustrator – to produce and showcase her first Scottish-themed exhibition the following year. The collection, titled ‘Cold Light’, featured photo-digital pieces inspired by the characteristics and folklore of her Highland home, expressed through the human form.
As well as a number of the pieces being picked up by Edinburgh’s own Arusha Gallery, fashion and portrait photographer Rankin commented on ‘The Exhibitionist’, describing it as ‘raw talent’ as part of Sky One’s television programme ‘The Ones to Watch’.
The UK’s leading art publisher, Washington Green, had carefully selected Jodie’s work from over 400 artists to be exhibited at their Castle Fine Art gallery in the prestigious Birmingham International Convention Centre August 2015.
Jodie’s has been capturing the passion of GlamCandy’s artists from its roots and continues to do so which is present in her dedication to the art and her enormously varied skill set.
“Every day with GlamCandy is completely different and presents itself with new challenges. I feel incredibly lucky that I have been given complete artistic freedom with the images I shoot and as a photographer working with a rapidly expanding company, this is a dream come true.
Every element of work that I am involved in with GlamCandy is very rewarding for myself and each day couldn’t be different.
Some days I am observing and assisting a young student’s development and watching them flourish in the industry whilst other days I am shooting campaigns for global brands such as Neil and Wolfe. “
Recently, we have hired another in-house photographer, Rod Penn.
Rod @Rod_Penn, is a self-taught portrait, fashion and beauty photographer.
On his journey to becoming a full-time photographer, he has been a martial arts and a language teacher, spending much of his twenties and early thirties living and traveling in Asia and South America.
He began his photography career in the days of film, developing and printing images in the dark room. His career as a commercial photographer began in 2007 when he became an event and festival photographer, working for clients such as Glastonbury Music Festival.
From event photography, Rod followed his love for portraits and started to self-study studio photography.
Rod is influenced and inspired by the great fashion/ portrait photographers of the past such as Irving Penn and Helmut Newton, along with more contemporary photographers such as Annie Leibowitz and Tim Walker.
Rod states: “I have a strong interest in performance and dance and I enjoy creating a sense of drama, elegance, imagination, and movement in my images taking reference from these roots.”
Rod was a category winner in the 2017 Retina International Photography Awards and is a finalist in the 2018 Scottish Portrait awards. Rod’s art has also been published in the Guardian and the Independent.
“Glam Candy has such a great team to work with and it's an exciting and dynamic role to be one of the official photographers.
It's brilliant to work alongside the tutors and students, capturing the many different looks and themes of the Glam Candy courses.
I'm most excited about the fashion editorial photoshoots, so we can really get creative and make some wonderful images.”
The images produced by both of our in-house photographers vividly demonstrates their years of experience and artistic abilities. Photography in GlamCandy is of great importance and with that comes a team who devote their passion and time into giving the students and tutors images of not only the highest quality but of the greatest creativity.
We cannot wait to see the student's portfolios grow with images shot by both Jodie and Rod.
If you are interested in joining one of our HNC courses to work alongside them, click the link to send in an inquiry form.
Alternatively, check out their work; please head to @GlamCandyUK, @Jodiemannphotography, @Rodd_Penn to view more.