Last week, I took part in a very different type of wedding shoot. Well - very different for me. As you know, my wedding photography style is very relaxed and natural with a particular and distinctive look. However, I was approached a few weeks ago by the lovely people at Victoria Kay - who specialise in the Wedding Gown supply business creating beautiful dresses for bridal shops up and down the country - to photograph their new wedding gown collection for their brochure and advertising. They were obviously fans of my work (let's be honest, who isn't.....) and they wanted me as their photographer. Well, it would have been rude to disappoint them :)
The shooting and presentation style they required was to be different to my usual style: not least of which because it was in one place, with professional models and not guests..... Not being recently experienced in this sort of studio style shoot, I was a little uncertain of taking the commission at first. Khalid at Victoria Kay however, was sure it was me they wanted. So I turned up at the beautiful location for the shoot, and we got to work.
We had a great couple of days: Khalid and Lisa with Lindsay from Victoria Kay, Faye and Jess modelling on the first day - Faye alone on the second. Tracie Evans was also on hand to do Hair & Makeup throughout both days. We got through an amazing 72 wedding gowns for the brochure over this time, coupled with reshooting around 15 of them with Faye on the second day in different poses for various advertising and promotional use. Khalid kept me fed on strawberries and Rolo's, so I was OK.
The location was at the Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings, East Sussex.
You can view the wedding gown range available on their Facebook page Victoria Kay Facebook or on their website Victoria Kay where you can also find the outlets around the country where you can buy the gowns.
I've had the pleasure of working with Tracie Evans before at Paul & Naomi's wedding last year. You can get hold of her by sending me an email through my Contact page.
I've added some of the photographs below to give you a flavour of what we got up to.