Late last year I did a very exciting fashion shoot for Campbell Crafts. In our first time working on location together, we did a bowling themed shoot at All Star Lanes in Bayswater with Miss Victory Violet modelling Campbell Crafts latest creations. The venue was amazing. The decor was so beautifully evocative of another era. The staff were great to work with: nothing was too much trouble and they make a mean milkshake. Miss Victory Violet was very professional, friendly, easy to work with and looked amazing in the clothes.
However, the shoot was a little challenging. The lighting in the bowling alley, while perfect for a night out, was much to dark for photography. When I set up my portable studio flash I discovered that pretty much everything in a bowling alley is reflective (polished floors, chrome fittings, shiny balls), so avoiding reflections and glare was pretty tricky. I was also five months pregnant at the time, but thankfully everyone helped me get my massive amount of kit from the roof top car park to the basement bowling alley!
I love the variety and different experiences that this type of work brings, in addition to getting a chance to work with such interesting and creative people.
Here’s how the pictures looked when published in the spring issue of In Retrospect magazine.