Gold Bird Shoot

My friend Dawn (check out her website here) and I have been talking about doing a shoot together for a long time and finally managed to find a date the worked a couple of weeks ago. Dawn is an amazing prop stylist and set designer so it was great to get a chance to work with her. She brought the brillaint photographer Paula Beetlestone (her website is here) into the project.

It was a real privilege to get to glimpse into their world for the day. So much goes into these shoots, I had no idea. Both Paula and Dawn have so much knowledge and experience between them that they made it all seem so easy, when it really isn’t. I was exhausted by the end of the day.

I don’t have the final images yet but here are a few photos from the day.

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It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning as we arrived in the studio in Shoreditch.

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The start of the set

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Dawn and her drill

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The set taking shape

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The boards in place

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The in between

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Love these golden feathers, they didn’t get used in the end though.

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The camera

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The set ready for dressing

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Dawn adding some finishing touches to the set. It’s amazing how small changes can really affect the final photos.

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Paula working on the lighting

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Lovely Phormiums, they play a very important part although in a way you might not realise.

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Mysterious black confetti

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Paula testing lighting options, as I said the smallest thing can really change the whole photo, the skill that Paula and Dawn have in seeing this is amazing, so much attention to detail is required.

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The first shot, though the final photo doesn’t look much like this, it’s much better.

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Shot 2 was a little more complicated to shoot and took a while to get right.

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Testing paint.

I didn’t take so many photos of the second shot, it was a bit more difficult to see anything as the camera was in very close.

I can’t wait to share the final images with you.