When I walked into Berry’s & Grey in Norwich’s Royal Arcade several months ago and I was wowed at how beautiful it is. Lots and lots…and lots of gorgeous pieces to fill a home, but it is more than that – the layout of the boutique interior is like a theatrical stage set, dripping with treasures. And so an idea came to mind, why not use the shop as a backdrop for a shoot…Something that would contrast with the decor – designer lingerie from Proudlock & Harry, a stunning lingerie boutique just around the corner in Norwich city centre.
At close of business on a late Summer’s afternoon the shoot was underway. Two models were given an androgynous look with swept back pony tails and strong make-up. Styling was by Clare from Proudlock & Harry with some stunning pieces by Lascivious Lingerie, Maison Close and Fred & Ginger. We created quite a stir as tourists were still window-shopping in the late afternoon sun and some even walked in to watch! Make-up was by Emily Turnbull of LoveMoi and hair was by Tracey WardGolden.
With Christmas fast-approaching there are so many gifts on offer at both boutique shops… And here’s another suggestion – A Boudoir Portrait shoot at Proudlock & Harry. Sessions are now being booked for October dates onwards. You can either book a shoot with framed photograph/s or a choice of albums and have your gift ready to present to your loved-one on Christmas Day. Or, buy a voucher (and lingerie!) for your loved-one for Christmas, with a shoot in the new year… Any lingerie purchased in conjunction with a shoot will be subject to 10% discount. With options from just £75 Call in to Proudlock & Harry in London Street Norwich or visit the Boudoir Portrait website to book your appointment.
Yesterday I was very lucky to be amongst a wonderful group of ladies and at the same time meet a Broadway superstar! I have to admit I was nervous… I am very used to being able to focus on others and “hide” behind a rather chunky camera to capture images that give visual dialogue and representation of people, events and emotions.
Yesterday had a slightly different angle to it as I was asked to represent the collection of images that I have been working on for the past 18 months. The project, “Femininity comes from Within” began with a single request from a breast cancer patient to photograph her showing her mastectomy scar. Working with local charity, Keeping Abreast, we conceived that a collection of images would portray a deep insight into the concept of femininity and give immense impact. The collection continues to grow with more than 20 women volunteering as models, all willing to help others to understand that the beauty of women shines through adversity. 7 of these women were at an audience with Broadway star, Lorna Luft, (daughter of Judy Garland) at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. Lorna had requested a meeting with a local breast cancer charity as she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2012. So why was I starstruck? My Mum always followed musicals and movies, with many a PictureGoer Film Annual in our house – Judy Garland was a superstar and to meet her daughter actually made me very nervous!
Lorna was just lovely, she spent over 2 hours with the small group of ladies, who she referred to as “sisters”. They talked about the different experiences of diagnosis and treatment and she encouraged us all to demand more from the health service to help early diagnosis. She was also full of compliments for the image collection and praised the bravery of the women for taking part… The Broadway connection continues as I am extremely lucky to be part of a small team travelling at the end of November from Norwich to New York to exhibit part of the collection at a global microsurgery conference.
…And humbled, because I feel so privileged to be allowed by each model to capture their beauty and to tell their story in a visual way. When women get together great things happen, our femininity is definitely within, but strength and determination puts us out there!