Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Sumptuous Silk

This week I have been working on a shoot with Catherine Huckerby doing some PR shots for Gingerlily purveyors of beautiful silk bedlinen. We shot in a converted old Victorian school.
Talk about tall ceilings, these were completely ma-hoo-sive.

As you can see from the pics below its a great location with floor to ceiling windows, interesting features like wood panelling, and ornate fireplaces.

There are more modern touches too like this light brick fireplace (bit of a wonky shot!), and clean white walls and floorboards. I love the way the owner has displayed treasured family photos in a simple arrangement on an otherwise bare stairwell.

We set up the first bed shot. Softest dove grey silk sheets and sexy black velvet, silk and beaded bedspreads and throw cushions create a smart and sumptuous setting.

Set Builder Stevie in motion, taking a wall painted in Sanderson's "Starling" back to white. And taking a well deserved break. Check out that fireplace too. Mmmm.

Our beautiful and talented Photographer Rachel Whiting, and her able assistant Corin fire off some shots on plain white backgrounds known as cut outs. These will are the type of shots used for magazine shopping pages. Having some good cut outs definitely helps to get the products picked up and featured by key magazines.

At the end of day Cat, takes a moment while chasing couriers and location staff. Is the work of a stylist never done? A great couple of days.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Pretty Peonies - In the Pink

How pretty are these soft pink Peonies, and how lovely to receive flowers, even as a florist. I never tire of being surrounded by such exquisite blooms, and am really lucky to be able to enjoy flowers every day in my job as a florist.

Peonies don't really need elaborate arrangements as they are so big and blousy. Personally I prefer them on their own with a little silver/grey Eucalyptus, or mixed with a few sweet scented stocks, almost as if had picked them fresh from the garden (if only!)

I've never really been a big fan of pink, (it doesn't do anything for my olive complexion so I don't wear it), but ever since I have been working with flowers I have become more and more fond of it. Particularly really soft, delicate shades, like the colour of this pretty china tea cup and my pretty pink Peonies.


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