Alice Chetywnd is one of my favourite models for a few reasons, she is great in front of the camera, enthusiastic and ready to get creative; but above all she is a wonderful person who over the years I have got to know and become good friends with. A few years back I approached Alice to see if I could work with her on a Tribal headdress shoot, it was my first creative shoot that I'd planned and prepared, she was fantastic to work with. Since theat day we became great mates and chat regularly, we've both had ups and downs over the years and I know she's helped to support me when I have needed some reassurance.
A couple of weeks ago we got together to shoot again; I had started just asking Alice to come in for some natural headhsots and see where it went; but before you knew it, I was chopping branches off trees on the way to work and even dusting off the christmas decorations from the garage! One thing we weren't lacking was creativity for this one!
We started off trying to take advantage of the sun; it was already after 7pm and the natural light was fading fast - using my (very sharp) branch of blossom, that had sadly withered away whilst sat in my car boot, we clampted it to a light stand and started shooting away. The beauty of this was that although the blossom was very much dead, it still gave the best shadows to work with that flirted with Alice's face.
From there we moved on to an office area in the studio, the sun was really starting to fade behing the buildings outside, but we used the blinds pretty effectively before deciding that enough was enough and running outside to catch the last of the golder hour.
In what became our 'Golden 20 minutes' we captured some awesome shots; some that I was really proud of. Alice was brilliant, moving swiftly from pillar to post in order to help us cling onto the last of the sunset. Matt made a great hair blower - using the reflector as a wind machine. Then the important stuff - PIZZA!
Following the food and drink and chit-chat I grabbed my christmas lights and started torturing Alice - I'd mentioned them in the run up to the night, but I don't think I told her I'd be strangling her with the cables!! (No models were harmed in the decorations). I loved the low light and the candle-light style that each bulb displayed; although not quite perfect, it does give me food for thought for future shoots.
All in all, we had a great time and Alice was fantastic company, as always - I was pretty pleased with out couple of hours and was surprised how much we managed to shoot in the end!