Earlier this year I wrote about a photoshoot to promote a fashion show I coordinated as part of Norwich Fashion Week and I recently found myself back in the Maids Head Hotel on yet another epic photoshoot session.
The Maids Head hotel is the oldest hotel in Norwich and is one of the oldest hotels in the country. It's been under new owners for a short time now (who are independent btw, it hasn't been bought up by a chain) and it is undergoing bit of a sympathetic revamp. It's a lovely hotel, the building itself has a beautiful exterior and is nestled next to Norwich cathedral which is a wonderful structure, but the hotel does need a little touch up to give it the finish it really deserves.
Teaming up again with photographer Joe Black, artist Milda Kapaciunaite and stylist Karen James- Welton (aka Fabulous Miss K) we had a few meetings to plan, we essentially took over the hotel with four very lovely models to create all kinds of scenes from wedding looks to more editorial (think sleeked back hair and vampy dark lips....) Joe's working on the pictures now but I can show you some behind the scenes shots. It was a full on twelve hour day, with lots of hair and makeup for me to create as there were several looks to produce. Jake needed much less grooming although he did bring his own beard comb and despite the fact his rather amazing beard didn't really need combing I did so anyway, it was like grooming a dog and Jake is one very handsome pooch!
The hair looks I created for the girls ranged from beautiful updo's to down and 'just' got out of bed' looks to vintage inspired styles for dinner in the evening, for their makeup I created demure bridal looks before ramping up the glamour to pop the lips with hot pinks and reds. The bold pink that I'm loving at the moment is by Lush in the shade Passionate. It's like a liquid powder but it stays moist on the lips and the staying power of this lipstick is just amazing. I'm really looking forward to adding some more of the Lush lipsticks to my collection.
Big thanks to the hotel who treated us all like rock stars with a rider of fizz, doorstop sandwiches and the most amazing chips! plus caffeine and water to keep us all buzzing and hydrated for what was a very long day. The thing about working long days like this is that when it's so much fun, it really isn't like work at all, despite the fact that I had a 5am start for another shoot the next day but I can't show you any images from that one until August!
Big love and thanks to models Amy, Beckie, Jake and Nina.