The Vanguard concept shoot images are here! I have been waiting for the full set to be completed before posting these as it was my favourite project so far this year and I wanted to show it off in full.
The team that help me bring this idea to life did an excellent job and they deserve every credit. Shooting on location can be challenging, especially when alternating between different settings and working with animals.
Photography, retouching, model direction: Toria Brightside
Models: Amber and Hazel @VAUHAUS and myself.
Make up: Laura Wilson
Hair and styling: me
The jewellery for the collection was made by Richard Ayres, who was also dog-handler at the shoot.
Special thanks to our driver Ben, who also looked after the dogs while we were shooting.
Extra special thanks to Eustratia and Vauhaus interns Lindsay and Lauren who facilitated and carried, set of smoke bombs and ran around holding them to get the right effect, fixed and pressed garments and helped out with the images.
We also really appreciate Barney’s owners bringing him down for the shoot.
The garments are available for sale, here.
We shot this over three different locations and by the time we got to the last one, we only had 5 minutes of daylight left but we managed to make it work and the images in the last set are some of my favourites.
The harness cami has so far emerged as the best-seller from this range and can be purchased with 20% off till midday on Wednesday.
Every so often, I feel compelled to create some images of my own. It could be to experiment with a new hair or makeup look, find the right setting for a new product I’ve created, or bring to life an image that popped into my head.
This time it was “all of the above” and I shot a couple of images featuring my “Freya” crop top, moth necklace and butterfly head piece.
I also shot a new image for the “moth girl” t-shirt, as the previous one didn’t really inspire me.
I continued the set with a set featuring my dog, Charlie, which I will post next time.
Photography by Richard Ayres.
The piece of land next to my house has recently been cleared of all its trees which ended up in a large pile next to the back wall of my yard. I thought they resembled a pyre and would make a good backdrop for a shoot.
This is one of my favourite simple outfits at the moment. I like outfits that manage to balance elegance, drama and toughness and if they can be easy to wear as well that’s always a bonus. I could wear this almost anywhere and feel comfortable.
This week, I’m into lace shaping and contouring, I’m planning photoshoots and trying to find the right shape gem stones for a special project.
I have always really liked the idea of latex in water and have often wondered why there aren’t that many good quality underwater images around featuring latex. We have all seen the fetish pool-party type ones but I had something completely different in mind.
I was excited to be contacted by Catherine Laura Smith an underwater fashion photographer who, after seeing my work at Bird’s yard, wanted to arrange a collaboration. She had used items from the shop for shoots in the past so I was aware of how ethereal and atmospheric her work was and knew the outcome would be exactly what I was hoping for.
The whole team involved was awesome! Credits:
Wardrobe Designer: Eustratia
Stockist: Birds Yard
MUA: Natalie Greenwell
Model: Zara Abagail Syrett
Hair: Ky’cut Wilson
Assistants: Daniele Fitzgerald & Debra Smith
Support Diver: James Windeatt
I’m really pleased with them and hope others enjoy looking at them too!