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THEY are a cut above the average end of term college snaps.

Hair and Media Makeup students from Leeds City College’s Thomas Danby Campus didn’t have to make do with amateur photography to capture their works of art.

For they were lucky enough to be invited to take part in a photo-shoot at a professional photographic studio.

Equipped with brushes, paints, powders and wigs, the students and their models spent the day at the Mike Lester Photography Studio in Garforth.

The students arrived at the studio with a fully developed theme designed to transform their model from an everyday girl in the street into an elegant, dynamic and stimulating work of art.

And the stunning results will form a major part of their final assessment for the year.

Course tutor Estelle Greenhalgh said: “This has been a great opportunity for our students to work in a real photographic studio and gain an insight into how a day’s photo-shoot really works.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this experience to our students.”

Having carefully applied the make-up and developed the required ‘look’, each student worked closely with photographer Mike Lester to interpret the theme for the photo-shoot.

Students directed the model and worked with Mr Lester to select appropriate backgrounds and lighting.

Mr Lester said: “Working with the students and their models has been wonderful. Their commitment and enthusiasm has produced some truly innovative and exciting results.

“I’ve learned a lot too. Having so many talented people in the studio at the same time created a ‘buzz’ which energised everyone.”

Mr Lester added: “It has been a clear demonstration of the high level of quality and professionalism we can expect from our colleges and from the young people about to enter the industry.”

The day’s activity ended with each student leaving with a selection of images for their portfolio along with prints from the shoot.

Discussions are already underway to repeat the experience with other year groups from Leeds City College in future.

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