(Above: view on Flickr)
In September I was commissioned to shoot images for a fashion label called Apple & Eve. The theme was to be quintessentially English, using quaint locations, which was very much to the taste of the Phillippines-based brand. There were a lot of images resulting from the one-day shoot…
The shoot involved two different locations in the same area: a beautiful Sussex Manor home, which the family who live there kindly let me use. Afterwards, we went into the town of Lewes to shoot by the famous castle and on its cobbled streets.
I had hired lighting equipment, but we never needed it. All through the day I simply shot with natural light using my reflector. The results were amazing, especially when the model sat by the window in the Manor, and later stood on a cobbled lane in Lewes with a bike, basket of apples and a bunch of red balloons, with the evening sun being ethereally reflected into her face.
Big thanks to Matt for helping throughout, and even suggesting asking to use the Manor in the first place. Also thanks to Rachel Holland of La Luminata who did the styling – and a great job of pulling together props and outfits in a short time and under difficult circumstances especially when being bullied by a eccentric bookshop owner in Lewes! Also, hair stylist Atsu Ninomiya and make-up artist Nina Sagri who did a great job of enhancing the model’s beauty and giving me exactly what I envisioned.
Also – to the model herself, Grace Cairns of Zone Models.
(View above image on Flickr)
I really enjoyed the commission and tried to bring an artistic feel to the images as well as keep them recognisable as ‘fashion’. The client liked the idea of using multiplicity and ‘trick’ techniques in some of the images.
(View above image on Flickr)
Behind the scenes… pics taken by myself and also Rachel Holland.
In the manor…
Moving outside to the gardens…
And then to Lewes.
It was an immensely tiring day by the end of it. I always look like crap by the end of a day of shooting… my back is hunched and aching, my face drained of any colour whatsover, and hair greasy even if it was freshly washed in the morning. Coupled with the necessary scruffy clothes allowing me to writhe around on the ground impromptu, I was ready for a bath, but not before I had driven all the way back to London with the model and hair stylist.
The bike was hired off a seller on Gumtree and Matt bought (and stained) a basket to hold the apples… I managed to use most of the apples in a crumble we baked in London a few days later! Rachel brought along the balloons and bought the maps, in fact we had too many props, as I’d also bought an Edwardian parasol we didn’t get chance to use. There were also many different garments to use but we successfully did several substantial layouts in the one day.
It was a drop in the deep end for sure, but I felt stimulated enough throughout to feel as though I was enjoying what I produced. More fashion shoots please!