Back in early summer of this year (seems like a long time ago now!) I filmed a commercial video and stills of behind the scenes of a Fashion Shoot Experience hosted by surreal fashion and fine art photographer, Miss Aniela. I got some great feedback on the resulting video and a little while ago I was again asked by Nat and Matt to provide commercial video services for another of their fashion shoot experience events.
This time the event was being held at the amazing location that is ‘St Bartholomew the Great’ in London. This church was founded in 1123 and has survived everything London has had thrown at it over the 890 years of it’s existence (apparently the great fire of London in 1666 was halted only 20 odd feet away). In more modern times the church has been used in a number of high profile movies including Sherlock Holmes (2009), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991).
As with the previous event that I worked on, my main brief was to capture the atmosphere of the different parts of the day from the preparation to the shooting and to capture all the people involved from production and make-up through the to models and photographers. With such a high calibre location the team really had their work cut out to make the models compliment the environment but I’m pleased to say that they did that and more. The 5 models all looked amazing and were styled to perfection by the very talented Minna Attala.
Although the location was truly amazing, it did throw up some technical challenges for me as there was no a lot of natural light to deal with (I’m not able to add my own lighting as it would interfere with the photographers work) so I had to squeeze the camera’s (Canon 5d mkII) capabilities to the max and really pick the best spots for filming. Here is the resulting video that Nat put together from my footage:
As I mentioned, alongside the video work I was also capturing some behind the scenes stills of the event taking pictures of the photographers taking pictures while trying not to get in the way or put anyone off! Here are a few of my favourites from the event:
The event went really well and, as you can see in the video, the photographers came away with some fantastic images. I’m really pleased with how the video came out and how it really shows the atmosphere of the day and the fun had by everyone. I really enjoyed filming it all but was again very jealous that I wasn’t there to take pictures of the models myself. Saying that I did have a short period of downtime waiting for someone to move some equipment and was able to take a couple of shots here and there, here is one I took of Gemma Huh as she was sat around waiting for the team to shoot her (with a bit of surreal editing thrown in):
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