04 May 2009

Business Cards Treats

So since designers don't send me rounds of samples as presents I guess I don't blame myself for being giddy over my new business cards from Style Bazaar. Tallulah Doherty, the brains behind the online boutique commissioned a very talented Grant Cowan from Australia to design the cover pages of the site features. And I was very excited to see that my pack of business cards had four of his illustrations on the front of all the cards, making it fun to pull out a card a hand it out to someone not knowing which illustration will pop out. 

Behind the Scenes - Brown Book Part 2

For the Brown-book magazine spread I did my duties of styling the shoot as well as taking the behind-the-scene shots of the images for my selfish blog purposes. Brownbook magazine commissioned me to style a London story, and it doesn't get anymore London than the Southbank. You've got the London Eye, the Thames River, the Skater area under Southbank, tourist attractions in the form of street performances, and a beautiful English model from Manchester called Rozie. This was my first time shooting on-location in cold harsh weather, and not in the studio or in a indoor studio. It was an amazing experience, starting at 10 am in Kentish Town taking the tube to Embankment and then walking up to the bridge (or rather taking the smelly elevator to the bridge) and starting our shoot by mapping out a day in the corners and shafts of the Southbank. What was great about the shoot was the immediate vibrancy of the atmosphere, crowds stopped and stalked us whilst working, the annoying side was finding places to change the model (starbucks toilet, eat toilet, in a tunnel at the Southbank were some of them) and lugging around suitcases and camera equipment up and down stairs. Overall it was an exciting experience, Rozie entertained us with funny stories of Carolina Herrera (who she modeled for) and we had a good laugh at skater boys who were drooling over her. Can't wait for the images to come out! 

Beautiful Rozie 
First shot, over the bridge

Snuggled in her sweater between shots 
The crowds we attracted for our shot - had to pay the clown a fiver to pose

Moisturizing Rozie's legs- ah the duties of the stylist 

Amazing graffiti images in skater corner in Southbank 

Piling our stuff whilst having a warm lunch in Eat ! 

The crowds we attracted while shooting

Silly boys walking into our last shot 

Behind The Scenes of the BrownBook shoot Part 1

Seeing as Brownbook magazine offered me a 14 page spread to style I decided to split the shoot into two parts , one of them being in an industrial warehouse in Kentish Town that has stopped being constructed due to the recession. What is left of the warehouse is a skeleton of a building, half painted, half junkyard, filled with quirky small spaces, and huge storage spaces great for shooting our industrial story. We shot with Angie, the most model I have worked with who moved for the camera and I was comfortable with her seeing as Anna the photographer has worked with her before. Though Angie was not feeling very well she had no problem climbing on top of chairs, ladders, and pianos in beautiful Basso and Brooke heels which Charlotte and I later tried on around the studio during the last portion of the shoot. 

Anna on tip-toes trying to get to Angie's level
Where do your legs stop Angie?

The piano sitting in the warehouse . Forgotten, dusty, and beautiful. 

A little snooping around

Ramby tearing holes in red tights with a key 
Ramby my faithful assistant of the day

YSL inspired 

Angie looked scarily like Kimora Lee Simons in this shot
Masquerade ! 

Glitter lips 
I couldn't help myself
Charlotte trying on the Basso and Brooke heels