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Mondays are usually a sleepy day in the salon, but on this Monday the team were up bright and early and 6 Carlton St was a hive of activity. Most of the colour and cuts had been finalised prior to shoot day but there’s always finishing touches to be done. Making sure each look was polished and just to the stylists liking was key.
Debbie and our Photographer, Justin Garner http://www.jags-photography.co.uk/index.php, had already scouted the locations for our outdoor shoot, so we all came prepared in wellies, walking boots and a pac-a-mac just in case. Ready to tramp out into the woods and make the most of the natural backdrops the Calder Valley provides.
Local Makeup Artist, Tilly Howarth, set up her station on the first floor, creating understated yet stunning looks for each of our six models, with help from her budding photographer daughter who acted as her assistant for the day. Mid morning we had a very exciting delivery from Georgia at the The West View Study Centre http://www.westviewstudycentre.co.uk, three bulging garment bags filled with gorgeous items to complete the looks. Highlights included the cocoon dress, the tie back pinafore dress and the linen jumpsuit. Amazing.Once the first few Looks were finalised, we set out leaving some of the team back at the salon working away with the remaining models. Our first location took us down into the uncharacteristically empty riverbed behind innovation mill armed with a set of ladders. The models scrambled up the treacherous stones and were gracefully seated on the brink of the weir, after capturing some lovely shots straight down the river, we were joined by some more stylists and models, so a change of location was in order.
We headed towards Salem Fields for location number two and just before crossing the bridge there is a seriously unassuming and dilapidated garage door, that I can safely say after 20 years of living in Hebden Bridge I have never paid much attention to. However, the peeling blue paint offered a great backdrop for some more close up shots.
Things went slightly more off road for the third location where the team found themselves in a clearing in Lea Woods, Karen had baby Holly in sling in order to traverse the woodland, and some models even braved the water to get the perfect shot. Finally things moved through the woods to Midgehole and the Crown Green Bowls Club which offered another chance for portraits against to decrepit club house.
The shoot day, albeit long, was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without Justin Garner and his keen eye, Tilly Howarth, The West View Study Centre, not to mention all our fabulous models, Kim Taylor, Lisa Caruana, Daisy and Molly Woollett, Harri Lane and Lindsay Dodd, who are all absolute troopers. As my first experience of a Zeitgeist photoshoot, all I can say is roll on the next one!