It has been a while since I shot anything fashion wise for myself or Cotswold Style magazine, so i thought i would. Well, why not, it always pays to be active in this wonderful world of photography, keep practising and experimenting.
I contacted Feva, a clothing shop in a fashionable area of Cheltenham who were more than happy to provide an array of clothing for the shoot at the magnificent Highnam Court, who's gardens are truly remarkable. Throw in 2 fabulously experienced models, Leah Axl and Harriett Langley, grab a makeup artist by the name of Lucy Pearce MUA and her equaly talented friend and Hair supremo Sandie "BellaBridal Hair" and you have a nice little team...
It was at this point I contacted local Photographer, and friend Rob Tarren who said he'd bring down his Quadra lighting to add a little bit extra power to the show, so we were good to go!
I had my main weapon for the day, fully loaded and ready to go - it goes with me everywhere, and i can scarcely shoot without it. Yes, the flask was piping hot, 5 teabags slowly brewing away.
As the sun shone through the clouds, my thoughts were with the ghastly shadowy contrasts and prayed silently for some cloud cover... I needn't have worried, the cloud cover arrived soon enough and the few spots of rain, turned my planned idea's into a jibbering wreck of worry, as we discovered the house was locked off to us, so the back up plan of shooting in regal glory was diminished - the rain passed, infact it never really got started - but we did!!
Rob never did get the Quadra's out however - we shot the entire day on off camera flash... I think those early drops of rain put Mr Tarren off bringing out the big guns but i was happy "flashing outside".
The results were fab, and from behind the scene's to a few of the end product shots, they can be viewed here: