One of my most admired photographers is Jason Bassett. I’ve not had the pleasure of working with Jason (yet), nor ever met him, but the magnificent Miss Maddie M is one of this muses. Therefore, I unashamedly stalk his work on a regular basis. You should too.

He is the luckiest man in the world (now officially christened The Lucky Pisces) having photographed more stunning, sparingly clothed ladies than I’ve had hot dinners (MM being one of them). He’s seen it all: acne, ingrown hairs, scars, lumps, bumps, bruises, greys, rashes, moles, cellulite and… stretch marks.

Tonight, Jason sent me this message.

Hey Leo! I showed a few people your writing about stretch marks and they were absolutely floored by it! They are so happy to have read it. It was about 4 models on set during down time!

I wish more people would come around to the idea, a lot of models I know HATE theirs and have begged me during a shoot to retouch things like that. Which I don’t mind but it’s refreshing and beautiful to leave them alone!

It’s because of you that I am starting to not retouch them.

The article (which you read see here if you haven’t already) inspired him during a shoot recently. He left the gorgeous model’s stretch marks untouched, usually a NEVER with top photographers. I truly, honestly believe that this has made the photograph ten times more beautiful and special.

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I have had so much support during the start-up of The Lucky Leo, and to hear that someone has enjoyed/been inspired by my writing is the biggest compliment I could receive. Thank you all so so much, and I hope I can continue to breed happiness and positivity.

An extremely humbled Leo X



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