Drama Queen Photo Shoot on the Set of Les Miserables

A ‘Drama Queen’ Shoot on the Set of Les Misérables

Drama Queen Photo Shoot on the Set of Les Miserables

Les Misérables opens in cinemas tomorrow, and today we have something super-exciting to share with you – a stunning styled bridal shoot which took place at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, where much of the film was shot! This amazing shoot was dreamed up by Caroline Nicholson. After watching the official Les Misérables trailer Caroline thought about what a great place the set would be for a photo shoot – but surely she wouldn’t be allowed to shoot on the film set… would she?

“I have rather fanciful ideas on many days, but it’s not often I get to see them through to fruition. However, on a very cold day at the end of December one of my ideas became a reality and, boy oh boy, was it worth all the hard work.

“As November of 2012 drew to a close and I completed my last wedding of the year, I started to get that creative itch that I so often get. I adore the weddings I’m lucky enough to capture, but I always come away with more ideas, things I’d love to try, that one shot that we just didn’t have time for, that one image that allows me to push the boundaries of my own wedding photography a little further. So I decided I had to do something really creative, just for me, and just for the fun of it.

“The concept came from my work in the film industry, and my love of film in general. For a long time I’ve adored film stills almost as much as the films themselves, and films influence my work quite a lot. I love the atmosphere that stills capture, the unreality of what they show us, the behind the scenes magic they convey. I wanted to incorporate this into a shoot and I was looking for a really unusual venue for several brides who wanted to wear their dresses again, some of whom I’d photographed before on their wedding days. I wanted it to be something really contemporary, and I knew my lovely brides were up for having some fun – bringing out their inner ‘Diva’.

“Hold that Thought.

“I grew up in Rochester in Kent and still live nearby, and through my contacts I established that much of the new Les Misérables and the recent Sherlock Holmes films were shot on location in Chatham, at the Historic Dockyard. It’s an amazing venue and having shot weddings there before I knew it had huge potential for a dramatic shoot – I just didn’t realise quite how much. I’d been looking forward to Les Misérables for some time, and one afternoon after watching the official trailer for the film I started thinking…

“What if I could arrange to do my shoot on the set of the films?! Nah – never going to happen – there’s no way they are going to let you shoot on a film set; not a chance….

“Only they did let me shoot on the set! Waaaaahhhhhh!

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Cherish the dress shoot at Cribbs Causeway Bristol

A Festive Cherish the Dress Shoot

Cherish the dress shoot at Cribbs Causeway Bristol

Today we have something festive to share with you; a fantastic winter Cherish the Dress shoot. The shoot took place at at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, and was organised and shot by Martin of PhotoDabek. Martin told us a little bit about the shoot…

“I went shopping with my wife at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, and when I saw the castle, ice rink and all those lights I thought it would be great to do a Cherish the Dress shoot in the evening; I love photographing in low-light conditions. Tallulah and Tom Modzelewski , whose wedding I photographed on the 4th of June 2011 at The Square Club in Bristol, were up for that.

“During the shoot we had to be quick as the temperature was around 0 that evening. The whole session took 30 minutes, and when Tallulah saw the pictures, she said that it was worth the shivering!”

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A 1920's Styled Bridal Shoot

A 1920’s Styled Bridal Shoot

A 1920's Styled Bridal Shoot

Fiona Jones from Jones and Co Photography in Farnham, Surrey adores photographing weddings. To be able to document all the emotions, the love and the laughter and produce fabulous imagery for her clients is just a joy for her. Often wondering what it would have been like to be a photographer during different times of our history and being drawn to the 1920s inspired her to shoot a ’20s styled bride as a portfolio piece – her interpretation of being a bride from this time of spectacular opulence.

1920's bride outside Loseley Park

Often referred to as the ‘Roaring Twenties’ it was a great time for new technology, discovery and advancement, and this was a time of prosperity for many; choosing the right location for the shoot was key to the overall look and feel of the imagery. Loseley Park, near Guildford in Surrey, a popular wedding venue Fiona has photographed on many occasions, was the obvious choice.

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Bride sitting surrounded by candles - Gothic Wedding Photo Shoot at Browsholme Hall

Gothic Wedding Photo Shoot

Bride sitting surrounded by candles - Gothic Wedding Photo Shoot at Browsholme Hall

Today we have some beautiful pictures to share with you from a Gothic styled wedding shoot, which took place at Browsholme Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The shoot was organised by Laura Soothill of Perfect Choice Planning, who told us how the shoot came together…

The idea for the shoot started when Joanne from Simply Bows & Chair Covers Lancashire approached me and asked if I would like to collaborate on a shoot to promote her new black flock chair and table covers. She had a clear idea that she wanted to incorporate deep, dark reds with this design to make the covers stand out.

Joanne says “The idea for the shoot was inspired by some gorgeous black and champagne handmade flock organza I found, which I decided to get creative with and make into fabulous sashes and elaborate chair veils. I often get brides who come to Simply Bows and Chair Covers as they want something a bit different, so I wanted to show brides how they can put the wow factor into their big day by using different fabrics, putting colours together, and using alternative styles. Ok, so the gothic style may be a bit unconventional, but brides can still relate to it, and they get to see a different edge to wedding suppliers that they wouldn’t normally see.”

Of course, when you add red to black and white, an instant gothic feel is obvious. We didn’t want to go overboard with the theme, so we decided to incorporate a classic yet mysterious feel, hopefully adding a timeless essence. Together, we brought together a top-class group of wedding industry suppliers to help create our vision.

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Bride wearing lace wedding dress and vintage inspired headpiece - Vintage Raven Bridal Shoot, Picture by Helen King Photography

Vintage Raven Bridal Accessory Shoot

Bride wearing lace wedding dress and vintage inspired headpiece - Vintage Raven Bridal Shoot, Picture by Helen King Photography

Today we have some gorgeous pictures to share with you from this bridal accessory shoot, featuring pieces from Vintage Raven. Becky, founder of Vintage Raven, wanted some shots of her new products to use in her marketing material, so approached Helen King Photography.  Becky wanted somebody who she felt understood her and her brand, and Helen is due to photograph Becky’s gorgeous 1940’s wedding day.

“Becky and I had a shared vision of what we wanted to achieve from the shoot. Becky wanted shots that were dramatic and different and truly reflected her brand. We decided to approach the shoot from an angle that crossed Vintage glamour with Fairy Tale quirkiness.”

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