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Styled Shoots

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Meet Kristy and Sam, a beautiful couple I photographed last month. When you love taking photos and making amazing pictures, working with a Styled Shoot lets you really push boundaries, there is no client, no set brief, just an amazing team of stylists and organisers who pull together something amazing and you shoot it the way you want.  Your chance to let loose to show clients this is how I love shooting, these are the images I love making.  I was so lucky this was the second time photographing an amazing styled shoot, organised by Melissa Love.  The first one blew me away, and I was ready to push myself harder this time with the Irish Mythology theme of Gaelic May Day fairie" The Spirit of Beltane". I used some double exposure shots and tackled changing light, and just like at weddings, seeing something and creatively working at speed. So please take a look at this beautiful real couple who volunteered to model for us.  Full credits to those who styled it after my photos here.
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All Photographs here by Sharon Cooper

Styled Shoot Team: 
Hannah Best www.the-tea-set.co.uk/
Elizabeth Ruby www.ruby-roux.com
Melissa Love www.melissalove.co.uk/

Lead Photographers
Joanna Brown www.browns-photography.co.uk/
Lisa Devlin www.devlinphotos.co.uk/
Set Styling, Flowers & Catering
Hannah Best www.the-tea-set.co.uk/

Fashion Styling
Hannah Best www.the-tea-set.co.uk
Elizabeth Ruby www.ruby-roux.com
Laura Kate O'Rourke http://noirmusic.tumblr.com/

Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist 
Carolanne Armstrong www.carolannearmstrong.com/

Gypsy Caravan Dress
Joanne Fleming Designs www.joanneflemingdesign.com/

Spirit of Beltane Bridal Scene Models
Kristy Tsois & Sam Beahan

Gypsy Caravan Scene Model
Meredith Hepner Phillips Theodorou

Jewellery contributed by:
Union Jewellery www.unionjewellery.com/
Chrysalis Couture www.facebook.com/chrysaliscouturedesigns

With special thanks to:
Rebecca Douglas www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk
Emma Thwaites http://www.emmylouphotography.com/
Jayne & Joe Sacco http://saccophotography.co.uk/
Laura Brennan http://www.cherryredphotography.co.uk/
The lovely Tea Set Team and.... to all of those mentioned above for your help and effort in making Styled Shoots such a fun & successful event. 

...and there was cake!

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Sharon Cooper is a Hitchin based Wedding and portrait photographer, who specialises in creative, emotive and fun location photography.

 

 

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A flash of hot pink, an exquisite dress and an amazing fragrant Rose Garden in the beautiful July sunshine, this was a visual treat, one I hope you enjoy too!  This was a styled shoot I organised with the lovely tattoo artist, Kirsty wearing this amazing Justin Alexander Wedding gown. The dress was supplied by The White Wardrobe, with vintage Holywood-inspired hair accesories by Westlake Jewellry and a beautiful bouquet from Stephanie Rose addded the finishing touches.  We had a beautiful (allbeit HOT) shoot - just take a look at this feast of images. It was a visual treat, and one I hope you enjoy too.  Please take a look and check out the full credits from the team involved at the end.

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This is The Crawford, a stunning vintage inspired  bridal hair comb, made of beautiful lace and adorned with ivory pearls and diamantes. The Range includes varying sizes to suit each bride.

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The beautiful bouquet was supplied by Stephanie Rose in Hitchin. Her shop is full of beautiful blooms she expertly crafts into heavenly bouquets.
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"Flora" sits beautifully on the head with two flowers and a loop and three strands of pearls.

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This pretty gold bridal tiara, with lace, tulle and pearl vintage glamour is the Stanwyck.

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One of my favourite pieces is the Crawford, (above) a large lace piece with silver diamante.

 

Model: Kirsty Jane Todd

Justin Alexander Dress supplied by The White Wardrobe

Hair Accesories by Westlake Jewellry Designs

Flowers by Stephanie Rose

Photographer: Sharon Cooper

Assistants Rose Lord and Kathryn Younger

Big thanks also to the team at Chessum Roses 

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I has so much fun taking these photographs!  Imagine Peter Pan grows up and he marrys Wendy, whilst the lost boys still fight battles with Captain Hook! One thing I love doing more and more is 'story telling' through a set of images, so I hope you enjoy this story, I did!  Melissa Love organises styled shoots and I'd seen she was teaming up with an amazing trio who Ive worked with before: Co-ordinator Jayne Sacco, Lisa Devlin and amazing stylist The Tea Set.  This Peter Pan theme was just my thing, so I just couldnt wait to be part of this. A gorgeous farm in Sussex was transformed to Neverland. A totally delicious lunch and de brief then the chance to direct and do your own thing with the sets and models. There were three scenes, A grown up Peter and Wendy, bridal scene, some scampish lost boys and tiger lily who teased Captain hook around their camp, and the third was the nursery with tinkerbell. I loved every minute of this. It's a theme Ive often thought would work so well, but it had to be done right, and it was. I enjoyed visiting each scene and capturing images that would tell the story.
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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J.M. BarriePeter Pan

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“Laughter is timeless.  Imagination has no age.  Dreams are forever” ― Tinkerbellsharon_cooper_peter_pan_shoot_012.jpg
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The children experience many wonderful and exciting adventures with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily's Indian tribe, and Peter's arch enemy the dastardly pirate Captain Hook!

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All photos here taken by Sharon Cooper Photography.
Styled Shoot Team: Jayne SaccoHannah Best and  Melissa Love 
Event Organiser: Jayne Sacco 
Lead Photographers: Joanna BrownRosie Wooldridge and Lucy Woodrow  Guest Speaker: Lisa Devlin
Set Styling, catering and flowers: Hannah Best  Fashion Styling: Laura Kate O'Rourke and Jayne Sacco 

Hair Stylist: Aimee Sacco Makeup Artist: Nina Sagri 

Children's Clothing: Bluebelle & Co http://www.bluebelleandco.com/ To be Worn Again http://www.tobewornagain.co.uk/ Bridal Wear: Joanne Fleming Designs http://www.joanneflemingdesign.com/ Menswear: Rob The Dog 01273 628794 Hook's own clothes Bridal Scene Models: Harriet Judd Nick Judd Lost Boys Scene Models: Neil D Campbell, Captain the dog, Esmé Judd, Hannah Best's family, Alfie Hay, Finley Hay, Soloman Winter, Isaac Adams, Rocco Sicilia, Daniel Beesley, Alfie Lee Wendy House Scene Models: Scarlett Mackenzie, Aimee Sanderson, Lottie Sicilia, Lola Sicilia, Kia Baptiste, Sienna Baptiste, Isabel Acott, Lottie Petrou Children's Model Agency: Happy Feet http://www.happyfeetmodels.com/ Lights: Cable & Cotton http://cableandcotton.co.uk/ Location: Avins Farm http://www.avinsfarm.com/
The great thing about this opportunity is with great styling and willing models, there is the chance break away from your norm, to be a little experimental and develop your skill and eye.   

Pop over and like the STYLED SHOOTS facebook page to see what's coming next.

I'll finish with one more apt J.M.Barrie quote “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” 

 

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I had an amazing creative few days earlier this month, with a fabulous line up of talent at Lisa Devlin's Photography Farm. Lisa was the winner of the BJP's Wedding photographer of the year - her images are inspirational! She had organised for an old flickr friend of mine, Adam Bronkhurst of Viva Weddings, to deliver an advanced off-camera flash workshop. I'd seen the images from their first workshop and the amazingly enticing film - and just had to go. I packed all my camera gear, and wellies and swimming cossie, and hopped on a train. Day 1 Adam gave us a presentation of his work and explained some of his set ups, kindly sharing his creative thought process and inspirations. After a tasty lunch we spent some time going through Adam's impressive and extensive Strobist kit in the Swimming pool room. We then set our own gear up and experimented with off camera flash, taking care not to 'step backwards' and end in the water! All this time Elbie had been working her magic with hair and make up on the beautiful Martina, who was our lovely and accommodating model After indoor shots, we all excitedly headed through the beautiful grounds. Hanna from The Tea Set had skilfully built a giant 8 ft nest, out of twigs and branches, moss and some sprays of orange ornamental Japanese lanterns. Leslie not only looked a real gentleman, but acted the perfect gent too helping his 'bride' Martina into the nest via a ladder. The clothes were fabulous, Martina's dresses from Hope and Harlequin and Leslie wore an outfit from the very dapper Gresham Blake in Brighton.

The inspiration for the shoot was a dark gothic winter vibe and a smoke machine pumping away added great atmosphere to the amazing styled set, the headdress was by Jane Taylor Millinery.  None of us photographers could get enough of this set up!! We eventually packed away for dinner, which was  delicious, I really could get used to having a cook and a housekeeper! We spent the evening chatting and of course mostly the subject was photography, a few other random bits thrown in. Day 2 started for me with an explore around the grounds and a swim before breakfast.  We then worked in Lightroom, Adam talking us through his workflow process, we also got some great business direction from Lisa.  When darkness fell, we headed out to do some fun light painting.  Ive done this before, but never with strobe lighting the subject, so this was great fun.  With the aid of various LED lights, we literally 'painted across our frame' wiggling this way and that to make shapes that would enhance and add interest to the image. I really enjoyed this part, Adam took a group photo of us all using Penki a cool light painting app. We spelt out PHOTOGRAPHY FARM and Jane the event co-ordinator 'painted it' into the final frame.The styled shoots were just amazing, a brilliant tableaux, which included a stuffed deer head, a brace of pheasants, a real fire, and flares, and a pig trough full of feathers. The clothes were just exquisite, Martina's hair was beautifully done by Elbie, who also did her make up. Jayne Sacco was the co-ordinator.

Wandering around the grounds, I found lots of things to catch my eye. In this place it was impossible to not feel creative and inspired, so many music stars have been here; David Bowie, Little Richard, the Gallaghers, to name but some and Freddie Mercury wrote and recorded Bohemian Rhapsody here.




My test shots in the Pool room with Martina, her hair was amazing, pure, delicate and like nothing I've seen, great work Elbie.


Martina and Leslie in the giant nest made by Hannah.

Beautiful styling, so many great details made this scene a joy to photograph.

Between two trees and underneath an old treehouse, took my breath away to be shooting this.

One of my shots without the strobe set up, using my 70-200m, that 'Bird of Paradise' hat was truly amazing.  We all loved it.

Evening 2 and my light painting efforts, with Kat as my subject.

I had a fabulous time, learnt loads, and really came back inspired.  Big thanks to the Photography Farm team.  If you need a stylist, hairdresser or co-ordinator, you really need to click on the links at the bottom and check them out.  If you need a photographer who is now more confident with off camera flash, book me!


Workshop ~ Photography Farm

Lead Photographer ~ Adam Bronkhorst

Stylist ~ The Tea Set

Co-ordinator ~ Jayne Sacco

Hair and Make-up ~Elbie Van Eeden

Dresses & Veil headpiece ~ Hope and Harlequin

Suit & Overcoat ~ Gresham Blake

Bird of Paradise Hat ~ Jane Taylor Millinery

Jewellery ~ Union Jewellery

Antiques ~ Henry Nicholls Antiques

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Louise, from 'Pinnies from Heaven' needed promotional photos for her fabulous upcycled, Vintage Pinnies.  Her pinnies had been modeled with superb vintage clothing from Flo's place at Hitchn Fashion Week. Louise turns vintage fabric in to newly made aprons and other pieces.  The pinnies really have a 1950's influence, with ruffles and waistbands, so I  immediately knew of a perfect location for the shoot. The next few weeks I set about organising things. We had the lovely Hayley who modeled, and this beautiful 1950's Sprite caravan, which belongs to the lovely people at Snailtrail Camper hire.  The day started out wet and miserable, but we were delighted to eventually have great light and some sunshine during the shoot.  We also had some amzing cupcakes made by the Cake Shed too, which all worked with the interior of the caravan and the delightful pinnies. Brilliant teamwork all round, and great results which I'm proud of.

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