Sophie Sheppard in the Park
How delightful to see that Milk Management has released a series of new test photographs from lovely plus-size model Sophie Sheppard (recently interviewed here). The pictures show the Australian expat in a series of gorgeous outdoor settings that complement her own natural beauty. Better still, the outfits are colourful and pretty, giving the pictures a springtime warmth.
From the point of view of size celebration, the finest of the new set is the following picture, showing Miss Sheppard in a breezy white dress which accentuates her buxom curves and indicates the overall fullness of her size-16/18 figure. Although this particular angle does not exhibit Sophie's luscious arms, it is a pleasure to see that the model was styled in a sleeveless item. The warm London breeze gently wafts the model's golden tresses, even as she looks off into the distance with an expression of romantic intensity.
By far the most beautiful hairstyle in any of the new images appears in the next picture, a more youth-oriented image. It features Sophie in a denim top and in a camisole with a sensual scoop neckline which exhibits the model's voluptuous décolletage. Excitingly, the outfit is once again sleeveless--but what a pity that the composition does not feature the model's gorgeous arms. Nevertheless, Sophie's expression is supremely alluring, the vain, spoiled look of an entitlement princess used to getting her way in all things. One often sees beautiful young women exuding such seductive degrees of attitude, but the innately gentle qualities of Sophie's fair features soften the effect, rendering the image completely captivating. The setting also introduces a romantic element, with the sunlight illuminating the trees in a rich emerald hue and gilding the model's hair.
Observe how, in modelling a more feminine, lacy item, Sophie deftly alters her expression and takes on a gentler, dreamier look, still redolent with personality, but much softer. The model's coy gesture of playing with a stray tress makes her irresistible. The white, lacy top, with its tantalizing yet modest hint of Sophie's buxom curves, is perfectly suited as an adornment for her enchanting, timeless beauty, as is the woodland backdrop, which complements the model's natural grace. The image epitomizes the finest qualities of Victorian beauty, and could easily have been photographed in the 19th century, a time when feminine apparel, soft curves, romantic settings, and fair features would have been universally acknowledged as expressions of ideal loveliness.
Colour. How wonderful it is to see Sophie in colour, especially in this organic citrus yellow, which harmonizes with the woodland setting, establishing Miss Sheppard as the delectable fruit amid the lush verdure. The lighting in this picture, as in each photograph in the series, is atmospherically muted, as if one were seeing the images through a shimmering mist. Sophie's expression is tranquil, almost trance-like, and the way in which she drapes the tunic over her shoulders makes one recall images of the Virgin Mary, in which she similarly clothes herself in loose white raiment, even as celestial glory shines all around her.
The following photograph also presents Sophie in a delectable fruit-like colour, this one a strawberry hue, but observe how different an effect the model generates, simply by altering her expression. In this photograph she seems more like a young nymphet, vulnerable but preciously aware, with a touch of tamped-down kittenish wildness, like a young Bridget Bardot, or Emmanuelle Béart in Manon des Sources. It is a haunting, enigmatic look filled with emotion. Observe in particular how the eyes mystify the senses, at once seeming to gaze at the viewer, but then also to be looking just past him at a more distant source. The touches of greenery, including the woods in the distance and the lichen on the venerable stone wall, play off the strawberry colour and the model's youthfulness very effectively.
Pink is ever the softest, gentlest, prettiest, most youthful colour for a fair-featured model to don, so how intriguing it is to see that for the two pictures showing Miss Sheppard in this hue, the photographer altered the setting from the woodland park to a more urban locale. While one always prefers forest backdrops, variety is also good, and London is richly blessed with venerable brickwork infrastructure going back centuries, which is often much more picturesque than the concrete constructions of the New World. The pink top is a lovely complement to the model's fair skin tone and golden hair.
Perhaps because Miss Sheppard is invariably asked to smile in her commercial work, she often adopts more serious expressions for her tests. Truth be told, Sophie has one of the loveliest smiles of any model in the industry, but her more earnest looks are captivating as well. This gaze exhibits remarkable intensity, with the model scrutinizing an unknown, distant target with the greatest purposefulness. The masses of golden hair framing her face, and especially the one stray tress falling over her cheek, help to soften the look, as does her pink-hued top.
What a pleasure it is to return to the park setting for the final images from the test, this one in landscape format, showing the model in a navy top that closely wraps her curvaceous figure. Photographers often shoot models in a late-afternoon glow, but morning sunlight creates a captivating white radiance, as seen in these photos. The emptiness of the park, as if Sophie had the whole world to herself, helps to give the image a dreamlike mood. The lush, emerald greenery frames her features in the most eye-catching manner. Her gaze is distant and searching, deeply romantic.
A final image from this test returns the model to the location seen in the first photograph, with Sophie outfitted in her flattering white dress. This close-up more particularly reveals the model's seductive voluptuousness, with the top button of the dress tantalizingly unfastened. The turquoise necklace plays off of Sophie's pink lip colour and golden hair, creating a fascinating balance of hues. The sunlight variously penetrates the tree branches, providing a captivatingly dappled illumination of the model's features.
Congratulations to Miss Sheppard on her gorgeous new test, styled in such a lovely manner and photographed in an attractive, natural setting. The finest images from this shoot have a dreamlike quality, picturing a world entirely removed from our modern urban dystopia, as if the 20th century's disastrous World Wars had never happened, and the aristocratic establishment of the Old World had continued till the present day, preserving a world in which curvaceous femininity and natural wonder remained universally acknowledged as expressions of true beauty.
Re: Sophie Sheppard in the Park
This is by far Sophie's most beautiful test shoot since her session with Natalia Ilina last year. I preferred the hairstyles in the Natalia shoot, but everything else in this new test is even more appealing: the clothing, the locations, everything. It's such a pleasure to see Sophie in such a gorgeous outdoor environment. The rich greenery harmonizes with her luscious figure.
My favourite images are definitely the first three, particularly the view of Sophie in her white dress, which shows off her buxom curves so dramatically.
Breathtaking images from one of the world's most stunning goddesses.
Re: Sophie Sheppard in the Park
One of the many benefits of having gorgeous plus-size model Sophie Sheppard signed with the Ford+ agency is that new and larger versions of some of her finest test images have emerged.
In the first post in the current thread, we have replaced some of the previous, smaller editions of the pictures with larger versions. You may click through the post to view a number of the images at a larger size.
We recently shared one further photograph from Sophie's newest test in our post announcing Miss Sheppard's signing with Ford. And now, Ford has also released a new, never-before-seen item from this splendid photo shoot.
It shows the model in a vibrant citrus dress, and situated within a wild, woodland setting. The sunlight streams through her diaphanous wrap, giving her a heavenly radiance. Her heavily lidded gaze communicates languid sensuality. The wondrous mass of her blonde hair cascades around her face, with one stray tress brushing against her cheek.
The vibrant colours and the verdant background, which create the impression of Sophie as a succulent fruit or a floral blossom amid the greenery of the outdoor world, make this a gorgeous image indeed. Add to that the model's own Classical beauty, and the result is a vision of earthly delight.
Re: Sophie Sheppard in the Park
Sophie's mother agency, Bella Model Management in Australia, has now published a number of further examples from her recent outdoor shoot in London. Fans of the model are sure to be delighted with the results.
Prettiest by far is the first image, another view of Miss Sheppard in her sleeveless white dress, standing alongside an ancient-looking tree. The floral blossoms on the branches above her add a pretty splash of pink and harmonize with her lip colour. The dress accentuates her buxom curves. Sophie's expression is fresh and gentle, a soft look that agrees with the feminine wardrobe and setting.
The model creates another appealing look in the following picture, adopting a delicate, subtle smile. Pink may be Sophie's ideal shade, as both the pastel top and her lip colour, as well as the faint hint of a flush at her cheeks, enliven her fair complexion and blend perfectly with her golden hair.
A full-length view shows this location to be a London train platform. Although the setting may be urban, the London rail network has an intrinsic romance about it, as creation of the Victorian age. Sophie's colourful outfit stands out vividly against the muted backdrop, but not in such a way as to be garish.
The following photograph brings Sophie back to the park setting, with the lush greenery framing her facial features in a gorgeous manner. The sunlight gilds her tresses and causes them to shine with an angelic radiance. Her wrap top acknowledges her voluptuous curves.
And finally, unrelated to the previous images, Bella Models has released the following headshot of Sophie, which pictures her with adorable braids in her hair. Her luscious lips have a metallic lustre, while her large, blue eyes have an almost hypnotic quality, in their large, doll-like beauty.
Bravo to Miss Sheppard for such outstanding test images. Little wonder that she is one of the industry's most gorgeous and popular models. Her prospects are limitless.
Re: Sophie Sheppard in the Park
Several more images from Miss Sheppard's London test with Rene August have now become available, which we are delighted to add to this thread.
The most captivating are three new examples of Sophie in her enchanting, lacy white outfit. With the beams of sunlight piercing through the trees and illuminating the model in a divine radiance, she truly resembles an angel.
The coy gesture of playing with her tresses in an enchanting pose.
Although fans adore Sophie's smiling expressions, her serious looks are fascinating as well, in how they contrast the model's innately soft, gentle appearance with a darker demeanour.
We are also delighted to share another image from Miss Sheppard's work for the Session School in London--a gorgeous photograph in which her thick, luxuriant tresses form gilded curls, while golden eye makeup plays off her sapphire blue eyes and pink lips.
Outstanding photographs from one of the world's most gorgeous plus-size models.
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