A while back when we were shooting the amazing Chessie and Leon at the Bear (see below) I was asked by Sarah at Gowns of Distinction if we could recreate an old Chanel picture she loved. Hmmm.. recreate? Well we don’t want to copy but we could be inspired by. The biggest problem was finding a local venue with a room big enough and a chandelier. As it turned out we found neither but school holidays wait for no location scout.
Sarah loves the dentist. I don’t. Having had a bad experience as a kid and having moved a round a lot over the years, for me, dentists are a necessary evil and it’s always hard to find a good one. However now I have been recommended one that has been described as a “birthday treat” things may change. I hope so. Staring at the light and trying to go to my happy place while ignoring the sweat and screaming drill has never been on my birthday list.
So where do the prom girls fit in? Well, we took them to the dentist. They didn’t seem to mind. Luckily it was a Sunday and the place was empty.
Sevenfields Dentistry had kindly let Sarah use their fantastic building for our shoot (and they had a chandelier). Being holiday season (or roadworks season) I had trouble with casting for make up and this meant that Holly Andersen was the only MUA on board and with ten girls she had her work cut out (but she’s awesome so I knew we’d be ok). Luckily Cerianne who you may remember from our Steam Shoot (If not catch up below) was also on hand as a stylist and helped out with the hair. So our small team consisted of Me, Sarah, Cerianne and Holly. Bring on the girls!
Sarah had invited sixteen girls and ten managed to make it. It’s always best to oversubscribe (I had invited four make up artists and one turned up).
As each girl was finished in make up I taught them how to walk and pose (getting my wiggle on to much hilarity) and we started to shoot each one in turn. Everyone did a great job of walking and posing to really swish those dresses. Then we moved on to the stairs with the chandelier.
Now the great thing about the chandelier was, although it was small, it could be raised and lowered. So we set the girls up on the stairs and lowered it. As soon it it moved the lights went out. Back up – lights on, back down – lights off. Marvellous. So in the end the chandelier got some photoshop electrics.
As it turned out the room wasn’t really big enough to recreate the Chanel shot and being a waiting room was quite cluttered (spot the tea machine) but we gave it a whirl and shot the girls on their ipods and phones to bring it up to date. The last on the list was an outside shot of the girls in the windows but we had to abandon that as the house was south facing and in blazing sun all day. As always not everything works but we can only gain by trying new stuff and there’s always plenty to go on the lessons learnt log (I’m gonna need a bigger notebook).
All in all we had a great day and loads of fun. The individual and small group shots turned out exceptionally well as did the large groups on the stairs.
As always if you want to look and feel fantastic give me a shout.