Saturday, 26 June 2010
As I walked out one midsummer morning (Plus one year bloggiversary!)
This is the result of my latest photography session with the ever wonderful Flo. A small departure from the usual outfit-plus-long-description-which-usually-involves-a-charity-shop-or-two formula, but still with added accessories!
Funnily enough, posting some photos taken by my good friend Flo fits in with my bloggiversary theme. A year (and a few days to be quite precise) ago, while recovering from being ill, I decided on the spur of the moment to create a blog. Another friend had introduced me to the concept of 'fashion blogging' by way of Sea of Shoes, Fashion Toast et al. I was so inspired, and already had some photos up my sleeve (well, on my hard drive) that I could use to set up this here blog - and who had taken them? Flo, of course! It all comes full circle.
Now that I think about it, this is a post celebrating creative collaborations. Flo had first asked if I fancied being her photography subject in the winter of 2008/09, long before the idea of being with a model agency and when my own interest in photography was a fledgling twinkle in my eye! (Or whatever the cliche is.)
This portrait series is only the sixth or seventh time I have worked with her (we both lead busy lives), but each time has been fantastic! However, sometimes it's hard to get the pictures as we're too preoccupied with chatting! I like working with Flo as it's a two way thing - I get to have a lot of input too, we discuss the ideas beforehand and I usually influence or sometimes style the outfits too.
Here the focus was on shadow and light, and I won't begin to describe how long it took us to find something to create the shadow stripes across my face! She took the photos in her gorgeous orchard, on a perfect midsummer morning while our parents drank tea together and read The Guardian. I also took some photos of her in said orchard. To warn you in advance, expect a big photography overload of all my behind-the-camera projects in the very near future! I've been busy in the last few weeks..
The sequined dress belongs to one of her friends and the two pearl necklaces (one faux, the other made up of 'imperfect' pearls - much more interesting if you ask me!) are mine. Gosh, I don't think I have ever written that little about an outfit to date! (Or probably ever will again - it feels unnatural.)
To go back to the idea of my bloggiversary, so much has happened in one year. It sounds cheesy, but I really felt welcomed into the 'blogging community' and have met some amazing people through Clothes, Cameras and Coffee. From correspondance with Judy Aldridge and meeting Jill, to my 'Blogger capsule collections' and more outfit photo shoots than I can count, it has been a great year.
I've learnt PR skills, become very interested in photography (and developed my interest in fashion design!), honed my writing technique and become much more aware of styling both others and myself.
I now enjoy both being a model, and a photographer - I think the two roles compliment each other greatly. Being behind a camera gives one a much stronger awareness in front of it. (And vice versa, to an extent.)
The title is a reference to the book by Laurie Lee. I haven't started it yet, but it's third down in the pile of books on my bedside table. The minute I've finished reading 'A passage to India', then I want to start on Cider with Rosie (also by Laurie Lee.) Before going on to 'As I walked out...' It just seemed very apt for the mood of the photos as they were taken the day before Midsummer Solstice.
It really has been an interesting, challenging and wonderful year - and don't even get me started on what I have planned for the future! My mind is brimming with creative ideas, schemes and plans ready to put into action. Thank you to all my readers, commenters and lovely followers. Let's hope the year ahead is just as eventful.