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Meg’s Collection

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It’s that time of year, when students are struggling with repeated all-nighters to meet their big deadlines. No, we weren’t all like that, some of us spent the entire semester pulling all-nighters purely because we wanted our final work to be perfect. Meg, a University of Derby fashion student, is one of those students. Just look at the detail that has gone into these laser-cut designs… beautiful!

I was the lucky photographer who she selected to photograph her collection. It was a beautiful day for a photo shoot, and as we had chosen Wollaton Hall, a stately home in Nottinghamshire that is open to the public (and a spot where I have worked before with a University of Derby fashion student, as well as for one of my own personal shoots), we had quite an audience, members of the public lining the various benches that surrounded the greenhouse, watching us work, complimenting our gorgeous model sisters. The sun was shining, perhaps a little too harshly, but we made do. Thank god for reflectors.

Besides a small incident with a bee somehow getting trapped in our model’s trousers (all was well – none of us have ever laughed so much in our lives!), everything went without a hitch. A shout out has to go not only to my lovely assistant, Gem, but also to Meg’s boyfriend, her chauffeur who stepped in as a second assistant when we were experimenting with spontaneous ideas. It was such a great team to work with.

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Paige

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Wollaton Hall is a beautiful stately home in Nottinghamshire, a short drive from my university apartment. It’s open to the public, but is fairly unheard of, and so even at this time of year, when the flowers in the garden’s greenhouse are blooming and the air smells like oranges, it’s still relatively quiet, making it a perfect location for a photo shoot. I wanted to create a shoot that revolved around the English rose stereotype to match the picturesque setting. Luckily, the staff were more than happy for us to use their grounds for our photo shoot.

It was Emma, our make up artist’s idea to add the pop of blue eyeliner to modernise Paige’s otherwise very ‘English rose’ look; rosy cheeks, pale, clear complexion, glossy hair. I chose a white dress to give an ‘angelic’ feel to her look, and we together decided to keep the black straps visible to add some edge.

These were all shot with natural lighting, the bright sunlight streaming through the windows, creating this beautiful soft lighting. It was perfect.

My other photo shoots at Wollaton Hall can be seen here and here.

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Model: Paige

MUA: Emma Grant

Styling: Emma Styles

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Oddly Enough: Wollaton Hall

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As those of you who follow my blog will know, I had a previous photo shoot with the lovely Erica Godfrey of Oddly Enough recently (Update* my third, lookbook photo shoot with Erica can be seen here). All of our photo shoots are going towards her final university collection, but today, was the big shoot, the one that will feature at her final catwalk show and the accompanying exhibition. The amount of passion that Erica has for her work is evident in just how hard she has worked in organising not just one photo shoot, like most of her fellow students, but three. Especially considering that this one in particular proved a challenge to organise in itself.

We quickly chose the upper floor of Wollaton Hall as our location, a room rarely shown to the public but for four tours a day for a select few. It’s a grand room that covered the entire upper floor of the small manor house, and was clearly once used as a ballroom. I must admit though, I was hard-pressed to understand how anyone in a gown could possibly maneuver the tiny spiral staircases at either end of the room – the only entrance. It took us about half an hour to move the boxes of clothing, lighting equipment, props, makeup and hair styling tools up the stairs.

As a second location, we also used the beautiful greenhouse in the grounds, as the flowers were in bloom. We also managed to convince a member of staff, the lovely Angela, to allow us out onto the balcony/rooftop for a brief few minutes. I’m sure health and safety would object if they knew… whoever ‘they’ are, exactly. Our theme was focused around childhood, English rag dolls with a hint of fairy tale fantasy, and I feel that this is echoing from each image. Does the location remind anyone else slightly of a dolls house too? I think that must be because of the faux drapes above each window… something I’ve never seen before.

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