What Is Horrify Me?
Horrify Me is a professional photographic portrait service for those with a taste for the macabre. We photograph people as zombies, vampires, and demonic possession victims, and we also conduct very dark, scary boudoir beauty shoots. Our shoots are sometimes quite extreme with blood and gore, and we even take photos of lovely couples biting chunks out of each other or attacking each other in acts of despicable violence with hammers and chainsaws.
What makes us stand out is the fact that we specialise in this type of photography and create images to a stunning high standard, some of which have been compared to Hollywood movies in terms of quality and authenticity. We do not shoot “Halloween” party pictures but completely authentic, frightening horror images. Our zombies are realistic and gross, and our vampires are seductive, scary and erotic – as they should be. And if your soul is possessed by demons then expect to be puking green vomit all over yourself in front of our camera!
Anyone can have one of our photo shoots (by appointment) although we do have age restrictions on some of the genres we shoot. So far every single person who has been in our dark, sinister photo studio has had an incredible time, and every person has truly loved the whole weird and wonderful experience. We are very proud of our 100% “hit rate” of satisfaction and work very hard to ensure we maintain it.
About the Photographer
Rick Jones was born in 1970, a relentlessly creative soul who developed a very early passion for horror movies. This lifelong passion for the dark side of entertainment has never diminished. His 25 year career in creative industries (illustration, graphic design, digital imaging, model crafting, photography) has finally caught up with his love of horror and Horrify Me is the weird bastard child of this fusion of passion and profession. Rick creates most of the horrific makeups for the shoots, conducts the photography, and edits them in digital post production, crafting works of terrifying brilliance every time. Rick has a peculiar talent for creating dark, horrific photos, utterly transforming ordinary people into outstanding figures of genuine horror.
About the staff
Of course, Rick isn’t alone in the enterprise. Kaytie Smith is the business manager and takes care of the business end of Horrify Me, ensuring that the good name of the studio is spread far and wide, new contacts are established, and the overall running of things remains smooth. She’s also been dragged kicking and screaming in front of the camera, stripped off and covered in buckets of blood. Just another day at the office.
About the process
When clients arrive for their photo shoot, we conduct a very thorough horror make-over. The vampires are fitted with fangs, and the zombies are given a full head-to-toe grunge and gore treatment. We’re not shy about using blood – lots of it. We get through such a lot of blood that we’re constantly making new batches. The clients are then directed through the photo shoot, performing a variety of poses and with different lighting effects. We keep adding blood and gore as required until the clients are usually so messy and gruesome that they can barely be recognised. When the shoot is over, we then edit the photos and post the prints to the clients. The most rewarding aspect of this work is the reactions we get to the images – people absolutely love their photos!
Our Dark Boudoir offers a truly alternative beauty shoot and has proven to be amazingly popular. These shoots are amongst our most shocking as they blend erotic beauty with blood and gore, and have at times provoked some controversial reactions on social media. We don’t just do this to be controversial, as this truly is a stunning and creative alternative type of artistic photo shoot, but some of the models and clients we shoot do kind of enjoy stirring up a bit of controversy from time to time. And who can blame them?
We also recently started conducting portfolio shoots for scare actors and performers, offering a rather unique professional service to this talented sector. Our understanding of the genre, and how to capture stunning images in performance-led studio shoots, makes us an essential component to any scare actor’s portfolio.
How it started
Horrify Me started with a book cover design for Lisa Richardson’s “Blog of the Dead: Sophie” novel. Having created several book cover designs in the past, Rick jumped at the chance to create a horror book cover. The photo shoot and design process was so much fun that more shoots were carried out, and before we knew it the shoots were happening most weekends and attracting paying clients and industry professionals. Horrify Me sort of grew organically, and in less than a year has developed its own little cult following.
We now regularly conduct photo shoots for clients wanting a fun experience, models, and for commercial purposes.
What we’ve done
Horrify Me has become very popular with 10K followers on Facebook in under a year, and we now have an army of clients that have loved our unique experience and scary photos. But we’ve also been involved with popular zombie walks including Folkestone and Glastonbury, and we’ve worked with ScareCon, the London Horror Festival, Zombie Shop.co.uk, Bunker 51, Fireant Productions, Bram Stoker International Film Festival, Bizarre Magazine, and Medusa Tattoos.
Where we are
Horrify Me operates from a large workshop in Lydden, Kent, UK which is not far from the ancient city of Canterbury. People have literally travelled from all over the UK to have one of our unique photo shoots and every time they have commented that it was well worth the journey. We will soon be operating from Bunker 51 in London as well.