Earlier this year I took part for the second year running in the Great Trentham Collaboration (GTC). This is a two day event that brings together designers, hair & makeup artists, models and photographers.
For my shoot with Kafleen McKenzie we wanted to go with a witchy theme so we chose a black dress designed by Deranged fashion, with a headpiece designed by Nicola Robinson. Eden Gibbons then created a very wild look with the makeup.
We started the shoot in the area under the stairs of the old grandstand using a mixture of ambient and flash light.
We then moved to a tangle of vines which created the first image above, but was a pain to extract from the tulle of the dress.
We finished up with a relatively simple shot in front of plain wall.
By means that I won’t go into I came in my possession a whole lot of music tapes that were destined for landfill. So I thought could I use them in a shoot, and the answer was yes. Several nights of extracting the tapes gave me a large container full of them.
After the original model for the shoot bailed twice, I arranged to shoot with Verity. We started in the bathroom using the tape in place of water in the bath.
Then we moved out to a set I had created in the garage and shot a slightly different look starting with using the tape as a dress. It created a unique look, but probably not one for wearing in the wind.
I then changed it up and brought in some of the empty cassette cases.
Lighting for the bath shoot was a single godox strobe in a 24″ beauty dish. Lighting in the other location was a 7″ umbrella behind me to provide a base light and a beauty dish camera right.