FOCUS ON: MICHAEL YOUNG – A JOURNEY INTO IMAGE-MAKING

The photographer shares his journey into image-making, frame by frame.

Michael Young

“My journey into hair photography began around a decade ago, initially as an extension of my creativity in hair. What began as experimental test shoots quickly turned into a passion. Immersing myself in the world of hair and fashion photography, I studied techniques, developed concepts and collaborated with some of the best stylists and models around.

With each shoot, I pushed my creative boundaries, exploring new genres and possibilities. Photography has become my canvas for capturing the artistry of hair, fashion and beauty in a single frame. From concept to creation, every step is an opportunity to unleash my imagination and creative vision.

My photography allows me to showcase diversity, celebrate self-expression and tell captivating stories. It’s not just about taking pictures – it’s about capturing moments and leaving a lasting impression.

Michael Young

“My journey into hair photography began around a decade ago, initially as an extension of my creativity in hair. What began as experimental test shoots quickly turned into a passion. Immersing myself in the world of hair and fashion photography, I studied techniques, developed concepts and collaborated with some of the best stylists and models around.

With each shoot, I pushed my creative boundaries, exploring new genres and possibilities. Photography has become my canvas for capturing the artistry of hair, fashion and beauty in a single frame. From concept to creation, every step is an opportunity to unleash my imagination and creative vision.

My photography allows me to showcase diversity, celebrate self-expression and tell captivating stories. It’s not just about taking pictures – it’s about capturing moments and leaving a lasting impression.







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In this social media series, we’re digging deeper into @karlaqleon’s world of hair design to find out which three looks she has created are the most memorable and why – whether it’s the backstory, the process or simply collaborating with friends. 🤩

Having made a name for herself with her stunning sculptural hair looks, Karla tells the tale of how this iconic, braided hair piece came to be, for local London brand Places+Faces.

If you want to read more about Karla, you can head to digital.creativeheadmag.com

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstylist #hairstyling #texturedhair #fashionweek #fashionweekhair #sculpturalhair #hairlooks #hairseries #hairinspiration #behindthehair #hairstories
In this social media series, we’re digging deeper into @karlaqleon’s world of hair design to find out which three looks she has created are the most memorable and why – whether it’s the backstory, the process or simply collaborating with friends. 🤩 Having made a name for herself with her stunning sculptural hair looks, Karla tells the tale of how this iconic, braided hair piece came to be, for local London brand Places+Faces. If you want to read more about Karla, you can head to digital.creativeheadmag.com #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstylist #hairstyling #texturedhair #fashionweek #fashionweekhair #sculpturalhair #hairlooks #hairseries #hairinspiration #behindthehair #hairstories
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Looking to showcase your stellar skills, vision, and innovative thinking around men’s hair? It’s time to shine in the spotlight of the Most Wanted Men’s Hair Specialist award! 🏆

This award celebrates those delivering trailblazing work in men’s hair, so if you have worked on a shoot where men’s hair was the hero, been delivering innovative hair trends, led training in barber shops, or headed up the hair team for a men’s show at Fashion Week, get those entries ready! 

Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all the criteria and information you need. 

 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairawards #mostwanted #barbers #barbering #barberawards #menshair #menshairspecialist
Looking to showcase your stellar skills, vision, and innovative thinking around men’s hair? It’s time to shine in the spotlight of the Most Wanted Men’s Hair Specialist award! 🏆

This award celebrates those delivering trailblazing work in men’s hair, so if you have worked on a shoot where men’s hair was the hero, been delivering innovative hair trends, led training in barber shops, or headed up the hair team for a men’s show at Fashion Week, get those entries ready! 

Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all the criteria and information you need. 

 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairawards #mostwanted #barbers #barbering #barberawards #menshair #menshairspecialist
Looking to showcase your stellar skills, vision, and innovative thinking around men’s hair? It’s time to shine in the spotlight of the Most Wanted Men’s Hair Specialist award! 🏆 This award celebrates those delivering trailblazing work in men’s hair, so if you have worked on a shoot where men’s hair was the hero, been delivering innovative hair trends, led training in barber shops, or headed up the hair team for a men’s show at Fashion Week, get those entries ready! Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all the criteria and information you need. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairawards #mostwanted #barbers #barbering #barberawards #menshair #menshairspecialist
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Roaring ‘20s with a high fashion edge from @o.le.oni 😍

Make-up: @carolinebcouto 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #20shair #twentieshair #fingerwaves #wetlookhair #hairpearls #hairstylist
Roaring ‘20s with a high fashion edge from @o.le.oni 😍 Make-up: @carolinebcouto #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #20shair #twentieshair #fingerwaves #wetlookhair #hairpearls #hairstylist
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#NTVA24 entries are opening 22 April 2024. Are you ready?
 
To enter please visit www.wella.com to complete the entry form, then upload your before and after image to Instagram. Remember to tag:
#ntva_your category_uki
#NTVA2024
@WellaProfessionalsUKI
 
#AD #WellaProfessionals #Hair #Hairdressing #Hairdresser #HairColourist
#NTVA24 entries are opening 22 April 2024. Are you ready? To enter please visit www.wella.com to complete the entry form, then upload your before and after image to Instagram. Remember to tag: #ntva_your category_uki #NTVA2024 @WellaProfessionalsUKI #AD #WellaProfessionals #Hair #Hairdressing #Hairdresser #HairColourist
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Creative HEAD’s It List, exclusively partnered by @ghdhairpro, gives hairdressing’s brightest young talents a seat at the table, allowing their voices to be heard and their ideas to flourish 🤩

From a business owner challenging the industry to fair pay for all to a photographer-turned-hairdresser who’s smashing it in fashion, could our latest class of It List winners be any more major? As part of an it List special live now on creativeheadmag.com, meet the super six of 2023 who are taking the industry by storm. 

Want to hear your own name read out by a celebrity host at the It List Grand Final this year? If you’ve got something to say, now it’s your turn. Remember, entries close 13 May! Head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more.

#ItList #CreativeHead #Hairdresser #Hairstylist #SalonStylist #SalonOwner #SessionStylist #HairdresserLife #HairdressingAwards #HairColourist
Creative HEAD’s It List, exclusively partnered by @ghdhairpro, gives hairdressing’s brightest young talents a seat at the table, allowing their voices to be heard and their ideas to flourish 🤩

From a business owner challenging the industry to fair pay for all to a photographer-turned-hairdresser who’s smashing it in fashion, could our latest class of It List winners be any more major? As part of an it List special live now on creativeheadmag.com, meet the super six of 2023 who are taking the industry by storm. 

Want to hear your own name read out by a celebrity host at the It List Grand Final this year? If you’ve got something to say, now it’s your turn. Remember, entries close 13 May! Head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more.

#ItList #CreativeHead #Hairdresser #Hairstylist #SalonStylist #SalonOwner #SessionStylist #HairdresserLife #HairdressingAwards #HairColourist
Creative HEAD’s It List, exclusively partnered by @ghdhairpro, gives hairdressing’s brightest young talents a seat at the table, allowing their voices to be heard and their ideas to flourish 🤩

From a business owner challenging the industry to fair pay for all to a photographer-turned-hairdresser who’s smashing it in fashion, could our latest class of It List winners be any more major? As part of an it List special live now on creativeheadmag.com, meet the super six of 2023 who are taking the industry by storm. 

Want to hear your own name read out by a celebrity host at the It List Grand Final this year? If you’ve got something to say, now it’s your turn. Remember, entries close 13 May! Head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more.

#ItList #CreativeHead #Hairdresser #Hairstylist #SalonStylist #SalonOwner #SessionStylist #HairdresserLife #HairdressingAwards #HairColourist
Creative HEAD’s It List, exclusively partnered by @ghdhairpro, gives hairdressing’s brightest young talents a seat at the table, allowing their voices to be heard and their ideas to flourish 🤩

From a business owner challenging the industry to fair pay for all to a photographer-turned-hairdresser who’s smashing it in fashion, could our latest class of It List winners be any more major? As part of an it List special live now on creativeheadmag.com, meet the super six of 2023 who are taking the industry by storm. 

Want to hear your own name read out by a celebrity host at the It List Grand Final this year? If you’ve got something to say, now it’s your turn. Remember, entries close 13 May! Head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more.

#ItList #CreativeHead #Hairdresser #Hairstylist #SalonStylist #SalonOwner #SessionStylist #HairdresserLife #HairdressingAwards #HairColourist
Creative HEAD’s It List, exclusively partnered by @ghdhairpro, gives hairdressing’s brightest young talents a seat at the table, allowing their voices to be heard and their ideas to flourish 🤩

From a business owner challenging the industry to fair pay for all to a photographer-turned-hairdresser who’s smashing it in fashion, could our latest class of It List winners be any more major? As part of an it List special live now on creativeheadmag.com, meet the super six of 2023 who are taking the industry by storm. 

Want to hear your own name read out by a celebrity host at the It List Grand Final this year? If you’ve got something to say, now it’s your turn. Remember, entries close 13 May! Head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more.

#ItList #CreativeHead #Hairdresser #Hairstylist #SalonStylist #SalonOwner #SessionStylist #HairdresserLife #HairdressingAwards #HairColourist
Creative HEAD’s It List, exclusively partnered by @ghdhairpro, gives hairdressing’s brightest young talents a seat at the table, allowing their voices to be heard and their ideas to flourish 🤩

From a business owner challenging the industry to fair pay for all to a photographer-turned-hairdresser who’s smashing it in fashion, could our latest class of It List winners be any more major? As part of an it List special live now on creativeheadmag.com, meet the super six of 2023 who are taking the industry by storm. 

Want to hear your own name read out by a celebrity host at the It List Grand Final this year? If you’ve got something to say, now it’s your turn. Remember, entries close 13 May! Head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more.

#ItList #CreativeHead #Hairdresser #Hairstylist #SalonStylist #SalonOwner #SessionStylist #HairdresserLife #HairdressingAwards #HairColourist
Creative HEAD’s It List, exclusively partnered by @ghdhairpro, gives hairdressing’s brightest young talents a seat at the table, allowing their voices to be heard and their ideas to flourish 🤩 From a business owner challenging the industry to fair pay for all to a photographer-turned-hairdresser who’s smashing it in fashion, could our latest class of It List winners be any more major? As part of an it List special live now on creativeheadmag.com, meet the super six of 2023 who are taking the industry by storm. Want to hear your own name read out by a celebrity host at the It List Grand Final this year? If you’ve got something to say, now it’s your turn. Remember, entries close 13 May! Head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. #ItList #CreativeHead #Hairdresser #Hairstylist #SalonStylist #SalonOwner #SessionStylist #HairdresserLife #HairdressingAwards #HairColourist
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The dynamic duo has done it again! @laurenbellhair crafted THE most incredible beehive for @biminibabes for the Back to Black premiere 🖤

Want to hear more about the session stylist's wonderful work? Head to the link in our bio to take a deep dive into Lauren's portfolio. 

Make-up: @byron_london
Outfit: @patrick__mcdowell

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #beehive #filmpremiere #bimini #hairstylist #sessionstylist #redcarpethair #backtoblack
The dynamic duo has done it again! @laurenbellhair crafted THE most incredible beehive for @biminibabes for the Back to Black premiere 🖤

Want to hear more about the session stylist's wonderful work? Head to the link in our bio to take a deep dive into Lauren's portfolio. 

Make-up: @byron_london
Outfit: @patrick__mcdowell

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #beehive #filmpremiere #bimini #hairstylist #sessionstylist #redcarpethair #backtoblack
The dynamic duo has done it again! @laurenbellhair crafted THE most incredible beehive for @biminibabes for the Back to Black premiere 🖤

Want to hear more about the session stylist's wonderful work? Head to the link in our bio to take a deep dive into Lauren's portfolio. 

Make-up: @byron_london
Outfit: @patrick__mcdowell

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #beehive #filmpremiere #bimini #hairstylist #sessionstylist #redcarpethair #backtoblack
The dynamic duo has done it again! @laurenbellhair crafted THE most incredible beehive for @biminibabes for the Back to Black premiere 🖤 Want to hear more about the session stylist's wonderful work? Head to the link in our bio to take a deep dive into Lauren's portfolio. Make-up: @byron_london Outfit: @patrick__mcdowell #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #beehive #filmpremiere #bimini #hairstylist #sessionstylist #redcarpethair #backtoblack
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A colour glow-UP like no other 💙🧡❤️

Proof that our It List The Salon Stylist winner, @normanboulton, can nail ANY brief, client Jenny’s fresh colour perfectly resembles Kevin from up – perfect for the Disney World run she is about to do!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #vividhair #upmovie #disney #vividhair #colorblocking #haircolor #haircolourist #colourfulhair #rainbowhair
A colour glow-UP like no other 💙🧡❤️ Proof that our It List The Salon Stylist winner, @normanboulton, can nail ANY brief, client Jenny’s fresh colour perfectly resembles Kevin from up – perfect for the Disney World run she is about to do! #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #vividhair #upmovie #disney #vividhair #colorblocking #haircolor #haircolourist #colourfulhair #rainbowhair
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📣 PSA: ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL THE MOST WANTED AND IT LIST AWARDS CLOSE FOR ENTRIES!

A reminder that you have until 9pm on Monday 13 May to get your entries in. Whether you perform magic with your mixing bowl, excel at educating our industry, or perhaps you’re a star on the salon floor, whoever YOU are, whatever YOU do, we want to hear from you.

Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted or creativeheadmag.com/itlist for all the important deets you need. You’ll never know unless you try!


#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstylists #hairstyling #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairdressingindustry #businessowner #salonowner #barbershopowner #barbers #barbering #creativehead #creative #hairindustry #mostwanted #itlist #hairdressingcompetition
📣 PSA: ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL THE MOST WANTED AND IT LIST AWARDS CLOSE FOR ENTRIES! A reminder that you have until 9pm on Monday 13 May to get your entries in. Whether you perform magic with your mixing bowl, excel at educating our industry, or perhaps you’re a star on the salon floor, whoever YOU are, whatever YOU do, we want to hear from you. Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted or creativeheadmag.com/itlist for all the important deets you need. You’ll never know unless you try! #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstylists #hairstyling #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairdressingindustry #businessowner #salonowner #barbershopowner #barbers #barbering #creativehead #creative #hairindustry #mostwanted #itlist #hairdressingcompetition
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Shoot too pricey? Grab your phone! 📲

Stylist, image maker and visionary, @ro.sys a stylist at the iconic London salon, @brookshair. Always keen to push boundaries and create new visually striking collections, Roman was forced to get creative with his latest collection Paradigm. Due to shoots becoming just too expensive, he reached for his iPhone instead… and got busy with his collage skills! 

Head to the link in our bio to find out exactly how he did it!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircollection #hairstylist #collage #creativity #hairartist #hairart #inspiration #creativity
Shoot too pricey? Grab your phone! 📲 Stylist, image maker and visionary, @ro.sys a stylist at the iconic London salon, @brookshair. Always keen to push boundaries and create new visually striking collections, Roman was forced to get creative with his latest collection Paradigm. Due to shoots becoming just too expensive, he reached for his iPhone instead… and got busy with his collage skills! Head to the link in our bio to find out exactly how he did it! #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircollection #hairstylist #collage #creativity #hairartist #hairart #inspiration #creativity
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The Meadow

Photography by Michael Young

Shooting outdoors during the mid-summer months is amazing. The sunlight’s touch on the meadow landscape, especially at sunset, creates a mesmerising backdrop for those fleeting moments. Shooting in direct sunlight adds a texture that’s  impossible to mimic indoors – each element of the landscape comes alive in the golden hues, drawing viewers deeper into the frame. Using natural light allowed me to authentically capture those ephemeral moments, telling a story through each frame and creating a dreamlike atmosphere that accentuates the hair’s beauty. These images are testament to the power of the sun, capturing beauty in a way studio lighting can’t match.

Ungendered

Photography by Michael Young

This shoot encapsulates the transformative power of genderless fashion. By challenging traditional norms, we created a narrative of acceptance and self-expression, where individuality reigns supreme. The stripped-back aesthetic, with its focus on the models through controlled lighting, allows the authenticity of the subject’s identity to shine through. This is more than just a hair shoot; it’s a declaration of a more inclusive and fluid future, where everyone is free to explore and celebrate their unique style without being confined by societal labels. It’s a message of empowerment and liberation, inviting viewers to embrace their true selves without limitations or constraints.

Annabel’s

Photography by Michael Young

This shoot oozes with the opulence and decadence of a private members club. It’s actually our lounge at home, with some extra props and ornate backdrops creating an air of mystery and allure! Shot with direct lighting, each frame is saturated with intricate details and sumptuous textures, transporting viewers into a world of exotic taste and extravagance. Here, fashion becomes a symbol of privilege and sophistication, inviting viewers to indulge in the allure of Annabel’s.

“My camera kit varies depending on what and where I’m shooting. I started with Canon and have pretty much stuck to that, collecting different camera bodies and lenses along the way. I mostly shoot portrait work with a 50mm prime lens, but that can vary if I’m shooting full length with a more fashion focus. 

I shoot remotely, as well as at my home studio and London studios, so a large amount of my kit needs to be transportable. Lighting, soft boxes and other accessories are mostly by the Swedish brand Profoto –  they’re incredibly versatile and deliver excellent results, but also give me the freedom to move around. “

NUDE 

I love the simplicity of this picture. There’s no complication or distraction, just a testament to the power of minimalism, where every element serves to enhance and highlight the sheer beauty of the moment.

ODDITY

This portrait captures emotion, personality and narrative. Through experimentation with lighting, make-up and pose, the picture becomes a visually striking creation that challenges perceptions and evokes emotion.

TAPESTRY

The warm sepia tones of this portrait evoke a feeling of nostalgia. The model’s serene expression and delicate features are charming and graceful, reminiscent of tradition and culture.

REVERIE

Enveloped in a serene calmness and lost in their own thoughts whilst drifting into the quiet expanse… This image is a snapshot of a fleeting moment where innocence and serenity converge.

ANARCHY

There’s an air of rebellion and chaos in this image, which challenges perceptions, provokes thought and celebrates the unapologetic expression of self.

SERVING FACE

I love the interplay of shadow and light in this picture. The dramatic poses and expressions create a sense of high drama – it’s a visual feast of power, passion and glamour. 

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