This shoot was probably an exceptionally bad idea in theory. I was shooting my soon to be released promo film (own-face-and-voice-on-camera-crinngggeeeeee!) at Beltcraft Studios in East London and I thought, while I was there, I might as well make the most of the space and put a little editorial shoot together. I was also having a little portrait shoot with Pete for my about me page, taking some shots of my new fine art sample albums and generally running around trying to do a lot of things at the same time. It was beautiful chaos.
I love doing styled shoots, as they really give me an opportunity to experiment. In this case we decided to work with a real couple, Mike and Jessica, rather than models, so it was much more true to my reality of working with real people who often feel a little camera shy.
In fact I have decided that if I do styled shoots in the future, I’d always like to work with people who don’t have experience in front of the camera as, in actual fact, it’s easier for me to create something natural and spontaneous. I love to photograph people as they really are and expressions as they really happen.
The team behind this shoot was phenomenal. I very quickly roped in my brilliant friend Alex, from The Bijou Bride. She is a brilliant stylist and wedding planner, and I always love working with her. The rest of the team were just as brilliant, taking mine and Alex’s ideas, running with them and creating something that glittered and sparkled.
Thanks so much to Kat from Rock N Roll Bride, who featured the shoot here.
Thanks to the rest of the team behind the shoot: Photography: Babb Photo, Stylist: The Bijou Bride, Video: Yay Films, Flowers: The Vintage Floral Design Co, Cake: Posh Pud, Desert Bar: French Made, Make Up: Gemma Sutton, Stationery: Berin Made, Dress #1: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal, Dress #2: Federica Bruno, Accessories: By Harriet, Linens: Gilded Linens, Rentals: Hélène Millot
A special mention goes to my lovely friend Helen who made the geometric backdrop for me. Skills.