It was all a little bit surreal really………….
A few months ago I was contacted by talented fashion student Laura Griffiths asking if I would be interested in working with her to build a small team for a fashion shoot to kickstart her university portfolio.
All through my life I have been lucky enough to have people give me a break in life, people have helped me along and the same when I first started my business. Every now and then a project comes along that enables me to work in a collaborative manner with other like minded professionals / people.
It was a while in the making, a venue was decided upon and permissions sought. Next up was the hair and make-up, well that would be dead easy of course first choice was my fiancee Rachel Heyworth who is a senior stylist and a very talented wedding hair creator, following the collaborative theme and in the essence of giving back Rachel asked if her assistant that she works with would like to tag along, Ben jumped at the chance and proved a very worthwhile member of the team, as well as having a wicked sense of humour.
Sadly the chosen make-up artist could not make this shoot at the last minute so the task was taken on by Laura who did a great job on our model for the day Charlotte.
The last member of the team is where the surreal bit comes in, Fer Juaristi is a very, very talented Mexican wedding photographer who was in the UK hosting a couple of seminars for the training company Aspire Photography Training, where I am also a trainer.
Fer had only arrived in the UK on the Saturday and through a brief chat on Twitter I invited him along.
Lets just say in the open and exposed Deer Park at Holker Hall our model and our Mexican friend were just a little on the, well, chilled side – it was baltic, proper blowing a chilling wind.
Cold with a chilling wind worked well for the theme of the shoot though as Laura was looking for just that, a cold look to the images – perfect!
While the styling was being carried out Fer and I drank coffee and talked weddings, we scoped out a couple of locations that we had access to and threw some baubles into the trees. Laura had shared a Pinterest mood board with us all, so I had a rough idea of what she was looking for!
We started the shoot, not sure how Charlotte coped in the clothes Laura had designed and made as the rest of us were wrapped up and in theory as warm as toast but it really was a biting wind and certainly my attention span was faltering, it seems Magnesium bodied cameras really hold the cold!
A wonderful day had by all and huge thanks to Holker Hall for allowing us to roam, I was also delighted to see that Red kites had seemingly settled in the grounds, a great site to behold and in the words of the great Fer Juaristi – Faaaaaaraaaaaark man, they must be cold!
Images processed a little differently to how I would normally work, this was a play day though so it allows me to be a little different!
Clothes: designed and made by Laura Griffith
Hair: Rachel Heyworth & Ben Dixon
MUA: Laura Griffith
Guest Starring Fer Juaristi.