Draping, liquid and fluids were the key words for the shoot today. Glorious sunshine, the first for months, was shut out and now we have blackout. The set was solid black with a small runway for Irina to move along as James was using movement in the spotlights to blur the images â€“ much like taking pictures of cars at night and the headlights and tail lamps running along afterwards.
Michael had knotted Irinaâ€™s hair at the brow in small twists and then loosely curled the remainder. After all the hard work he then brushed it out â€“ the not done â€“ done look.
Chloe was picking up on my metallic theme and having seen my inspiration (dress from Matthew Williamson) set to work with gold eyes and nude matt lips.. with the hair it was fast becoming fairly Grecian.
Then began the really tricky bits. Trying to make the movement but not so much that Irina became a blur and none of the clothes were visible. Basically trying not to make blobs on a black background.
My basic palette of black and white â€“ with a few hints of colour â€“ was causing James troubles. Black on black, never easy, and creams were looking blown out. However after pushing and pushing we got there and I have to say I think we were all surprised and pleased with the results.
James added a few more hints of colour with gels over the lights in various colours for different shots. That, the amazing jewellery lent by Temperley, and the gold brocade from Westwood saved me from one severely annoyed photographer!
I shall have the prints soon and they will be in my portfolio here on the site.