Chinese model Xi is amazing. She has endless ideas, she seems to know what will look good more than any model I've ever met, and wow is she pretty! If only I could find her again.. [update...] She's back! Lots more sets coming :)
2018-06-10 - "With My Car" My car is a great prop, but I rarely get to use it as there is nowhere secluded enough around here... but, as I had the whole day with Xi, we went off to a couple of locations and just had time for a short set here before people appeared and we had to stop in a hurry!
2018-05-17 - "Rework: One Amazing Dress" I originally put "Two Amazing Dresses" together as a submission for another site, long before artcore-cafe was thought of. Then I put it up on here. When I looked at it for a rework, I was stunned to find there were about 400 images originally! So - now it is 3 sets!
2018-04-12 - "Wimbledon Common" I took Xi up to Wimbledon Common to try shooting outdoors with my new camera... I had no intention of shooting her nude up there, I'd never done that before. However, she whipped her dress off - what was I supposed to do?
2018-03-04 - "Blue Dress" Here's a recently uncovered set of photos of Xi dating back to 2013! I spent a day with her when I first got my Leica M, learning how to use it. The pictures were never intended for publication, it was long before I thought of running a website - but here they are!
2016-03-03 - "Oh It Was Red" You may well remember a lovely set with Xi called "Orange Stripes". When she came back, she brought the same dress again, only this time it was red! The first time, I had simply gone with the default colour balance whereas now I set the colour balance manually - I still can't work out what happened to the colour before though!
2016-01-21 - "Washing Off The Oil" After shooting a baby oil set, Xi needed a shower to wash it all off. Well, obviously I took photos! I am a gentleman, and left her in peace to finish off afterwards :)
2015-12-13 - "Jaw Dropping" Dear God, Xi is stunning in this set. It just blew me away when I looked at it (about 6 weeks after we shot it, I've been so busy!) Xi doesn't do a lot of modelling, which is a shame. It's great though, that she does model for me!
2015-11-01 - "My Dress" I've had this dress a while, it's one of the classics around here :) It suits Xi prefectly, especially with this somewhat harsh lighting.
2015-10-11 - "White Dress" Or, "Getting Dressed" part 2 - the one where she takes the dress back off again :). Another set almost straight off the camera, Xi is that beautiful.
2015-09-13 - "Getting Dressed" A set in reverse... Xi puts on her makeup and gets dressed. She takes the dress off again in another set :) This set is another particular favourite of mine with the incredible model.
2015-08-24 - "Can't Wear Pants" I left Xi to put on everyone's favourite leather dress & a little black lacy pair of pants while I sorted the background. When she came in, it was obvious that the pants didn't work as they messed up the lines of the straps. Now, you must know me well enough by now to know that I'm not the sort of chap to be put off by a girl without pants on :) Off they came before we started!
2015-07-30 - "Oil And Water 2: Water" Oil and water go together. Or repel each other. Or something. They certainly look good on naked skin! Having covered herself in oil in part 1, here Xi sprays water to produce the lovely droplet effect.
2015-07-09 - "Oil And Water 1: Oil" Oil and water go together. Or repel each other. Or something. They certainly look good on naked skin! Here Xi covers herself in a liberal coat of oil. The water comes in part 2 :)
2015-06-24 - "Hazy Sunday Morning" OK, it was a Monday, but give me some artistic license, Sunday sounds better! This is how to wake up in the morning :)
2015-05-23 - "Like Porcelain" This set really sums up why I was so thrilled that Xi returned to London and contacted me about modelling for me again. I do a lot less photoshopping than most photographers, but on these all I have done is a tiny fix to her hair on some poses and some cropping. Apart from that, these images are straight off the camera. Seriously, no-one releases photos like this these days. Xi's skin really is like that, like porcelain. I'm not going to let her disappear again!
2015-02-22 - "Orange Stripes" I love this orange dress. Xi does to, but every time I give it to her to wear, she takes it off! See her with (and without) it in several locations.
2014-12-07 - "Uniform" I am often a little dubious about a grown woman wearing a uniform, it looks ridiculous. Xi, however, is the most technically talented model I have ever worked with, and she really pulls it off. And then she pulls it off! Twice. She is absolutely gorgeous.
2014-11-09 - "Shower" Lovely Xi really smoulders in the shower. Then, her hair barely dry, she heads downstairs in her shorts to strip again.
2014-11-01 - "Blue Jeans" You can't beat the old blue jeans look, it takes you right back to the '70s. Here you can see Xi in and out of her old blue jeans :)
2011-11-01 - "Two Amazing Dresses" Xi has some amazing dresses. These are two of her favourites. Of course, however much she likes the dresses, she likes getting them off for us more.