It’s not very often that our photo shoot weather is sympathetic to the clothing we’re shooting; our latest photography foray however, was a happy exception.
Our team travelled to the beautiful Boconnoc House and Estate in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, to create the images for our current collection. The imposing Georgian house is set in acres of woodland and gardens, has a history that dates back centuries and boasts notable guests such as King Charles I. It was the perfect location for our new season range.
Part of the shoot brief was to photograph our new Right as Rain collections. The heavens opened in extreme weather conditions, which for once, worked to the team’s advantage, giving the perfect backdrop for highlighting the benefits of our wellies, coats and rainwear. Charlotte, one of our Art Directors, worked in an electric outfit consisting of a floral bucket hat, oversized poncho and wellies. Allegedly there’s no photographic evidence, although luckily our wonderful model, Marianne, was happy to show off our rainwear.
One of the main focuses of the shoot was a tree house in the woods. As this didn’t already exist, it was down to Neil, our props expert, to build one. The perfect tree had to be located first, which meant a slow drive around the estate in a Land Rover looking for the ideal branch formation. Once found, Neil set to work to build a platform using reclaimed wood from the estate.
The tree house proved to be enormously popular with our child models. Neil’s pulley system, designed to ferry sandwiches and drinks up to the den, was the highlight of the shoot for much of the team – not all of them had the excuse of being barely into double figures! Once up in the branches it was difficult to coax our little models back down, and frankly, who can blame them?
What is your favourite thing about autumn?