Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Shoot Day: 24th November

Ok, its 9:40 in the morning on the first day of our shoot and so far we seem to be facing a bit of bad luck, we have been unable to do our bookshop shoot as it doesn’t open until half 10, we can’t have the café until 4:00, we have no transport, no male model until half 10 and when we finally turn up to our remaining location there are huge orange barriers around the lampposts! However every cloud has a silver lining so we press onwards!  Dave is being very patient all things considered!
10:00 the model has arrived and Kelly and Ashleigh are making tracks with hair and makeup. Our first location is situated just outside Harris Museum using the old style lampposts, with our model Aimee Shields wearing a white shift dress, red satin scarf and pearl accessories. Curled around a lamppost the poor girl looks freezing but extremely ‘Audrey Hepburn’.
Were in look a tiny bit of sun light has just forced its way through the buildings as Dave runs to grab his reflector. Our luck begins to pick up as we all see the potential of our ideas.

Pictures from left to Right: Aimee posing on the lampost as Dave take various shots, Our original lamposts surrounded by orange barriers.

It’s freezing and we are now sat on the steps of the bookshop waiting for the owner, more bad luck!
The café owner from next door kindly allows us to prepare Aimee whilst waiting and in the meantime our male model Danny arrives so we decide to go back to Harris Museum for our shots focused on ‘Fred Astaire’ photographing ‘Audrey. As we make our way to the museum we notice the dreaded building works exactly where we want to shoot! The museum allows us to shoot just inside the door which is equally as great for our idea as the original location. We choose to have Aimee(Audrey) in a trench coat for this shot and Danny (Fred Astaire) wearing a basic shirt ,pants and black tie with his sleeves rolled up and top button slightly undone to make him look more edgy. Dave took a number of shots focusing completely on Danny from Aimee’s point of view and from Danny’s own point of view, it was a struggle preventing people walking behind and posing for the cam but we managed it, as we sifted through the images we all felt a bit of excitement as we began to see our ideas become reality and the early morning bad luck started to disappear. Before long we make our way to the bookshop after stopping to grab a hot choc to warm us up. As we enter the bookshop we realise Becky wasn’t over exadurating when she said ‘it’s a bit of a tight squeeze’. The owner allowed us to use the cellar which was perfect for our aim, we took various shots of Aimee reaching for books and sitting around reading. We attempted a shot of Danny and Aimee together in the bookshop but after the first few pictures we all agreed that we weren’t feeling the idea so decided to move on.




At 12:45 we parted from Dave, We were all thinking ‘What are we going to do without him and his reflector’! We had a short lunch break as Kelly, Ashleigh and Amy left for their class and Ailsa, Becky and I along with our model Aimee made our way to the park. As we got there we noticed the long stretch of river surrounded by trees and a narrow path from one side of the park to the other which was perfect for our idea, we ideally wanted Aimee walking along the River holding an umbrella surrounded by colourful balloons. Before long we realised the wind wasn’t on our side as our attempt failed as we watched the balloons blowing away or popping due to the cold. Soon enough the cold got the better of us so we made our way to a small seating area Becky had spotted, walking through mud and past crazy enthusiastic ‘Walkers’ doing their exercises we sheltered in the hut and laid out the remaining balloons around Aimee as she sat down gazing across the park, the lighting coming through the trees was perfect for this shot for a short time as poor Aimee dressed in only a blouse and black 3 quarter trousers tried to make the best of the cold weather. Once we were satisfied with what we had we made our way to the café, feeling reasonable relaxed and confident.
All in all we had a fantastic day despite a few mess ups but we managed to work round it and are pleased with the results.


                                                                      Many thanks to our 2 models Aimee and Danny

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