Curvy bridal wedding reporter Faye Cawood gives you an exclusive sneak peek as to what went on during the latest Photo shoot.
The day starts early, 9am for those of us that got there on time. Then follows some sleepy conversation as we all get to know each other. Once the coffee starts to flow, so does the conversation and the ideas for the shoot.
The main idea behind the shoot is down on the farm: the farm providing a rustic contrast to the intricate details and the man made beauty of the dresses.
The setting is the beautiful Madison Farm in a tiny rural village in North Yorkshire. The long gravel drive leads down to some brick built barns and stables with pale turquoise doors, the courtyard then leads onto a beautiful cottage garden, complete with a muddy pig pen and some noisy chickens. The setting is so romantic that it shouldn’t be hard for the models to pretend to be in love.
So preparations start back at the house Joe, Of Joe Dodsworth Photography, the photographer sets up his equipment and checks the light and does all his technical fiddling’s whilst Sam gets her hair and make up done. Deborah of Debonnesse makes Sam look like a princess with long blonde curled locks pulled to one side and a very blingy headdress, the make up is classically beautiful. The inspiration for the hair and make up looks are Classical beauty, a modern take on the 1950’s and retro sultry. Then comes the fun bit putting on the dress. Sam was wearing a classic style strapless ivory dress by Mark Lesley.
We then head down to the farm to take the first shots of the day, we start by the barn door with Sam ruining her satin pumps due to Joe requiring her to stand in a pile of muck to get the perfect shot. There are a few grey clouds in the sky but thankfully the weather holds out and the sun hit’s the sparkles on the dress perfectly. Then it’s on to inside the barn and onto a pile of hay for Sam, whilst Joe climbs on a tractor to get the perfect shot. Meanwhile back at the house Deborah is preparing Alex for her turn, a more modern look this time, red lips, black eyeliner and a lot of hair (not all of it Alex’s).
Sam is now having shots done by the stable with the colourful doors providing a nice contrast to the pale dress. Bugs are an issue though on the sunny day and as Sam is holding a big bunch of flowers she is getting more than her fair share of buzzy things flying around her. The flowers were done by floral designer Alice and Rose and were delicate peach and white roses held together with raffia and had uncut stems to produce a rustic look. the contemporary floral designs gave a raw, relaxed look that fitted in perfectly both with the rural location and the beauty of the dress’ (and the stunning models.)
During all the action Jamie. From Jamie Vs the Universe fame, was shooting a behind the scenes video and we couldn’t help thinking that the little Jack Russell spike might just steal the show, especially when he tried to drive the tractor.
Next up is Alex and Ethan, Alex wearing a short 50’s style dress, (with wellies) and Ethan in a green army jumper and obligatory flat cap. The idea between the next lot of shots were a young couple in love, photos were taken laying in the grass and sat on top of a tractor, unfortunately whilst laid in the grass spike decided to join in and sit on Ethan, thankfully he is a very photogenic dog.
Then it was lunch time which consisted mainly of Haribo and crisps. After lunch it was Ruth’s turn, this time down at the picturesque village church. Ruth was wearing a long flowing dress with beautiful beading detail around the neck. Her hair styled into lose waves and her make up smoky and gorgeous. Making the most of the fabulous light from the windows Ruth perched on the window sill and stood in the dramatic doorway to the church producing some stunning shots.
Then it was back down to the farm with Ethan where there were photos taken of them in the beautiful country garden, hiding amongst the apple tree and relaxing under the weeping willow.
The last shots were taken with two beautiful, majestic and slightly grubby white horses; Alex, Ruth and Ethan were all photographed with them as well as some shots of just Ethan and Ruth. The skies started to darken with cloud luckily just as Joe called a wrap on the shoot.
The photos produced were one that contrasted the fine detailing of the dress’ with the rural beauty of the farm. Keep checking the website to see the fantastic shots from the day.