Monday, 12 June 2017

Kim Ayres - Fashion Shoot at the Rural Mural

"A fashion shoot in front of bold, colourful, urban graffiti," said Morag MacPherson as we bounced ideas around on how to photograph her textile designs.

"Sounds cool - do we know anywhere around here that has something like that on the walls?"


And so that idea was put on hold and instead we grabbed the opportunity to photograph her silk kimonos in a boudoir-style display at The Yellow Door Gallery (see Colourful Kimonos).

However, last year Morag was involved in the Spring Fling Rural Mural project, which saw her teaming up with Tellas to paint the side of a large barn which mixed both of their artistic styles.

This in turn led to the realisation it would be the perfect backdrop to photograph her outfits.

I had the idea of creating a spotlight effect with the models in a circle of light, casting shadows on the walls behind, but that would require an evening shoot.

Jessica, one of the models from the previous shoot, was available, and I'd recently met Katarina, who was completing a photography course at the college. She was also a model and happy to take part.

I'd also been in conversation with Ralph Yates-Lee, hairdresser extraordinaire and owner of Dumfries hair salon, Basement 20 who was willing to come on board and bring with him Jody, another hairdresser, and Jojo the makeup artist.

With a growing team of professionals involved in the shoot, I figured this would be a good thing to video. But because it would involve night time shooting, it would need someone who knew what they were doing.

Enter fellow GPC members, Helen and Jesse of Stargazing Scotland who specialise in astrophotography and Dark Sky tours and workshops.

And so it came to pass that on a Tuesday evening we all descended on Morag's studio to introduce everyone to everyone else and get the models ready.

Katarina gets her hair done by Ralph

Jody and Jojo work on Jessica

Jesse filming

Action man

It was time to head out to the location for the photo shoot. Even allowing for things running later than expected, I assumed we'd all be home by midnight. As it was, I didn't finish packing up until 1.30am.

Once on site, tea, coffee and home made flapjack from a hamper, courtesy of my wife Maggie, went down extremely well, then the shoot began.

With models, hair, makeup and video going on, there were 9 of us on site in total, making it was one of the largest shoots I'd done up until that point. Although it was all extra pressure, I found part of me thrived in the situation. Of course it helped that everyone was extremely professional and engaged in the project.

Here are a selection of some of the final images.

We might have finished later than hoped, but it all worked out in the end.

As an added bonus, here's the short video (under 2 mins) I put together using the footage shot by Jesse and Helen of Viridian Skies. The music is comes from my band, The Cracked Man, where we took our song, Zero Energy, and added a dance beat. I was surprised at just how well that worked.

Textile Design - Morag Macpherson - -
Models - Jessica Lee -
and Katarina Marie Kositzki - -
Hair and Makeup - Basement 20, Dumfries - Ralph Yates-Lee, Jody Crossan, Jojo Patterson -
Photo shoot took place at - Meiklewood Farm, Ringford, Castle Douglas, DG7 2AL
Rural Mural backdrop - Morag Macpherson and Tellas - - -
Video footage - Jesse Beaman and Helen Cockburn - Stargazing Scotland
Photography and Video editing - me -
Music for video - The Cracked Man - -

Kim Ayres

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