As someone who is a photographer, I've always hated being in front of a camera, however O-Ten made me feel very comfortable and I've never modelled before! I'm a very shy person so this experience has made my confidence grow throughout the shoot bringing out my inner 'rock goddess'.
Overall this shoot was awesome, I enjoyed it, also I loved the finished look and so pleased with the way the photos have turned out! I've definitely gained a lot of confidence and I thank O-Ten for that.
- Olivia Roberts, Liverpool
"Working with O-Ten is always a pleasure. Shoots are well organised and discussions happen before about what is required. Very talented team and always great to work with them. The photos never disappoint and I'd recommend them to anyone!"
- Hayley Young Mua, SFX Make up, Yorkshire.
"I have worked with O-Ten on a number of occasions over the years and can say nothing but positive things about him and his creativity. He is professional, inspiring and unique in all of his work. There is nothing that is too much work or no boundaries he is not willing to break into the photography world. His ideas are always his own or based on his love of style or icons but with his own twist and edginess. O-Ten covers such a wild and diverse style, whether that be performance events, exhibitions, live action, film, album covers, promotional material or simply something for the portfolio.
I would highly recommend O-Ten and look forward to seeing what else he has in store from a creative point of view."
- Maria Lee Metheringham, Actress & Film Maker, Yorkshire.
"O-Ten is an amazing photographer! Creatively and uniquely, he is able to capture and enhance the very essence of the people in front of his lens."
- Andy McCluskey, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), Liverpool.
"Chris is a great photographer!"
"He takes creative shots and has a particular knack for working with people who aren’t massively familiar with being on camera and really helping them to feel natural and to look their best."
- Simon Fuller / MiG 15, Liverpool
"O-Ten is utterly professional and fantastic to work with. He gives you the right amount of guidance while allowing the models to bring their
own ideas and truly shine. Most importantly, the shoots are fun and filled with laughter so even the most timid and self-conscious person will
- Kat Dearheart, Poland.
"I worked with O-Ten on a number of projects predominantly as a model, but also as a photographic assistant for many of his other shoots. I modelled alongside my nightly job at a club under the pseudonym 'Kitty', so it was a natural step within the realms of boudoir, nude and fetish imagery. The collaborations helped us both to flourish within our fields, I believe we demolished and pushed the boundaries in which modern art comfortably resides in. Our shoot objectives were not to necessarily look hot, cute of even pretty, but more to speak a narrative and to be honest. This is what I like most about O-Ten's work. It gave us an opportunity to explore ideas and inspirations without any confinement. Our locations ranged from ominous forests, telephone boxes, dilapidated warehouses, grim graveyards but somehow we made it work completely unscathed. The working dynamic between us was the epitome of the motto 'Living a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget'... and from this we managed to create art together."
- Kitty, Muse (2009 - 2014), Kettering.
"I have had many absolutely wonderful fun shoots with O-Ten. He made me feel comfortable and confident from our very first shoot. It has always been the best experience working with him, and the images which come from the session are of amazing style and quality, with a lot of class! He is my go to photographer for any style of work."
- Maddy Paterson, London
"O-Ten encourages the wild, the different and
the beautiful. I bring my ideas and O-Ten creates the most beautiful shots from them.
I have worked with other photographers but I can honestly say that I have never worked with better people!
I always feel at ease and together we tweak the ideas to create some amazing shots. I definitely recommend O-Ten, I am always happy to do lots of shoots, seriously some of my best modelling days!"
- Sakinah, Hull.
"Working with O-Ten was a very enjoyable experience. He always responded promptly to any questions I had, we discussed the ideas for the photoshoot beforehand too with examples, which were very helpful. O-Ten is very professional and at the same time manages to work in a relaxed way. He is very friendly and encouraging and took his time to make me feel comfortable before the shoot, also he gave me lots of helpful pointers during the photoshoot.
He's an amazing photographer thanks to his eye for detail and creative skills. The results speak for themselves.
- Marilyn, Manchester.
"I didn't think I would fit into the modelling world as I was a pageant girl for a number of years. When scouted by O-Ten he saw and embraced the difference in me.
From the first shoot a friendship was made amongst the awesome pictures, which really made me start to grow in confidence, believe in myself and how to turn my flaws into strengths.
O-Ten is excellent in direction, support and a slice of humour the entire way!
I will never be able to thank O-Ten Photography enough for helping me face my personal demons, which has undoubtedly changed my outlook on myself and life for the better.
If you want more than just a snap happy photographer then I highly recommend O-Ten."
- Jelley, Yorkshire.
"It's a pleasure to work with O-Ten, whether you're a seasoned model or a beginner - the results have been great but just as importantly he puts you at ease and it's the right balance of getting the job done and making it fun! He's great at giving direction and it's always an enjoyable shoot."
- Steve Reed, London.
"From the very beginning of O-Ten picking up a camera I have seen how he has developed into an inspirational artist. When I give him a brief of my ideas for my album covers and promo shots he will sit and absorb what I am explaining to him and then we will spring board lots of alternatives and develop my ideas into a mood board which we use as a reference when he is shooting. I am always overwhelmed by the images I see when they are still on the camera, so when my shots have been chosen they always fulfil my brief and more! I have worked with other photographers and some of their work is good, however O-Ten injects something more into his artistry without using the boring direction which many togs, in my experience, give. He helps to draw out of you what you truly want to express in your photos and never judges or puts you down. I can see that he believes that everyone can shine in front of the camera, no matter how you feel about yourself."
"I highly recommend O-Ten, not just as an artist myself but for everyone who needs a confidence boost to take you to the next positive level in your life. Without stepping in front of O-Ten's camera I would have never been able to stand confidently on stage."
- She's Got Claws, Electronic Pop.
"I was first introduced to the work of O-Ten a few years ago by a mutual friend and was instantly blown away by the stunning images that he produces. As a personal admirer of great photographers and their work - such as Helmut Newton, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Don McCullin - I do know a good photograph when I see one. O-Ten is obviously influenced by such luminaries. However, he has certainly studied and looked beyond the photographs and grasped an understanding of thought, process and composition and their joint application within the art. He draws a lot of his inspiration from classical art and photography which can be seen in his approach to lighting and narrative which reflects in his portraiture and lifestyle work."
- Nic Gough, Editor, Hull Mag.
"Gently and humorously putting you at ease whilst crafting the scene in which capturing the virtually impossible from anxious and doubtful subjects seems to be a true gift that O-Ten Photography has been blessed with in spades!"
"Our day began with us being greeted by some of the nicest people you could truly ever wish to meet and instantly the nerves began to subside. We were shown into the studio where the days proceedings were explained to us in a way we could easily understand as well as being supplied with copious cups of tea and biscuits!"
"Feeling ever easier with the process and becoming more confident with every second, O-Ten Photography miraculously captured images we never believed were possible."
"They are visually amazing and almost unreal yet somehow accurately reflect the people who we are in a way that genuinely surprised and inspired us. We cannot praise O-Ten Photography highly enough and they will most certainly be number one on our list for any future shoots."
- Sonorous Hue
"Working at Hull City Council, I was very happy to suggest to officer colleagues that O-Ten were worthy of support and sponsorship.
The 2 projects, 'O-Ten Live' and 'OMD/History Of Modern' were both outstanding."
"O-Ten represent a great combination of high artistry and sheer professionalism."
- Councillor John Robinson, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture, Hull City Council.
"I first modelled for O-Ten Live, then a studio shoot and for one of his tributes 'Man In A Suitcase'.
I was approached by him and Kitty who asked if I had considered becoming a model. I have never thought that I could fit into the modelling world. O-Ten gave me the confidence to pose and be myself in front of the camera. His work is very creative and artistic. It was such a pleasure to work with him."
- Bessie Yeung, Hong Kong.
"I have been working in the industry for 3 years in film, television and theatre, and have had the pleasure of working with some excellent photographers, O-Ten Photography being one of them.
O-Ten is a very talented photographer, with fantastic ideas and vision. Working alongside him to create the final images from our shoot was a pleasure, and the final outcome was brilliant!
He makes models and colleagues feel very relaxed and works hard to create the best images.
I look forward to working with him again in the future."
- Katherine Gregory, Make Up Artist, Hull
"O-Ten is professional and always has a clear vision when he puts together a photo shoot. I have worked on a few photo shoots creating hairstyles and cuts. O-Ten is very focussed and very creative, he puts everyone on set at ease and he knows how to explain and talk to everyone involved in the making of his lovely photos."
- Sapphire, Hair By Sapphire, Hull.
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