Sam and Liam | Bridal Reloved and Scudamore’s Punting | Bridal fashion | Cambridge | 20th June 2017
Think of an image of Cambridge in your mind…punting? Now imagine a bridal fashion shoot on a punt with a beautiful, elegant bride and a sophisticated, handsome groom. Well this is exactly what bridal shop owner Carolyn, had in mind. She owns a bridal shop in Sawston called Bridal Reloved, which specialises in immaculate pre-owned wedding dresses and booked me for a fashion shoot to promote her business. To feature this shoot was a Sophia Tolli wedding dress along with Krasceva shoes. Carolyn also organised the groom’s suit which was supplied by Chimney Formal Menswear in Bassingbourn.
On board for the location setting for the shoot was Scudamore’s Punting, which is set in the very heart of Cambridge, right on the river. Representing Scudamore’s was Louise, a Booking Manager for the company. Louise was very excited for the shoot and was with us from make-up, right up until the celebration end-of-shoot drinks. Louise also arranged our very own chauffeur for the punt, Aggie. Aggie was so vibrant and a pleasure to work with as she rode and positioned the boat exactly where I needed.
You may know I love contrasts and this shoot had many. Take the models for example. Sam, our bride, has been modelling since the age of 16, ranging from all genres of fashion, swimwear, grid girl and calendars. Sam was perfect for the shoot and awesome to work with. In contrast with Sam’s experience, our groom Liam, had no experience in modelling. I met Liam about 3 years ago and I said to him that he’d be an excellent model. I always promised him a photoshoot and this day came. Liam did absolutely fantastic and I am so proud of him for his modelling debut.
Lastly, my partner in crime…Feroza. As standard, she looked after the make-up and hair and completely transformed the look of the models. It is very important for a make-up artist and photographer to discus themes, ideas and vision for any shoot. Feroza knows me too well that I will have a vision set in my mind and like always, she delivers the sharpest make up.
I really experimented with the aperture in this shoot and whilst keeping my mind of the theme of the shoot, my eye focused on the artistic side of things. Framing can change the whole dynamics of an image. It could be something simple but the results are satisfying. I leave you with my personal favourite from the shoot, perfectly framed and with a small aperture. It just goes to show what you can learn from photographing waterfalls…Think APERTURE!