Category Archives: My Shoots

A New York State of Mind: A Hop Skip & Jump Across The Brooklyn Bridge

So here we have it, the final installment of Gala & my frolic around NYC! When Christina & I first starting thinking about shooting in New York there was one place top of both of our lists – The Brooklyn Bridge! Iconic the world over, nothing screams New York more than this structure… or the amazing views from it!

After a slightly hair-raising cab ride through China Town and over the Manhattan Bridge, we arrived in Brooklyn and proceeded to walk the 1.1 miles over the East River towards Manhattan.

The bridge was packed full of tourists, maniacs on bicycles (boy, they don’t slow down!) and commuters when we arrived, but with Christina, Marielle & Alie‘s magic camerawork you’d never have known it was so packed! At one point Gala & I were doing our ‘thing’ while about 25 tourists snapped away ferociously behind the girls! I wonder who they thought we were?

I Wore

♥ Vintage dress altered by Fur Coat No Knickers
♥ Jimmy Choo Tokyo hi tops
♥ Vintage fur coat from Frock n Roll
♥ Flower headband & vintage cuff from Lisa Harris Jewellery
♥ Vivienne Westwood handbag

Can we just please stop and share some love for the amazing dress I’m wearing? I found it in a vintage store on Venice Beach back in August and although I loved the lace detailing and the amazing blush pink colour it wasn’t at all flattering (you can see a before and after picture here!) However at just $40 I knew I had to have it! When I got back to the UK I went to see my girls at Fur Coat No Knickers to see if they were up to the challenge of making it into something beautiful for this shoot…and jeez louise did they!

The final dress was actually a combination of two dresses, the original bodice on my dress was unstructured and unflattering, but Emma & Laura found a satin gown that matched the colour of mine perfectly…and even better, it fit me! So they took this bodice and created a brand new skirt from the original tulle from my dress. They even added the vintage lace and applique details from my dress to the new one. Doesn’t it work wonderfully!?

Gala Wore

♥ Vintage dress
♥ Vintage marabou coat
♥ Flower crown by Whichgoose on etsy
♥ Frye boots
Kate Spade handbag 

Shooting with Made U Look Photography and Gala in NYC was like a dream come true. It was so much fun exploring the city with my girls!

But wait…there’s more! Gareth & I did a shoot as well (as you probably already know, I’m never one to turn down posing in front of the camera). We’re still waiting on the final photos from our couple’s shoot, plus the video that Marielle made, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled as I’ll be blogging them really soon!

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A New York State of Mind: West Village Wanderers

After the exertion of jumping around the rooftop, Gala & I decided a much more leisurely pace was required for the second part of our day. So we hopped in a cab with the Made U Look girls and headed towards the uber trendy West Village.

Oh and yes that is me… and no I didn’t have a quick dye job in between! I bought this sky blue wig on a whim from Stargazer when I was purchasing my regular round of baby pink dye. The hair is fake but considering it only cost me a tenner I think it actually looked pretty good! I have plans to buy it in other colours too… I’ll wear them when I feel like going incognito!

What could be more NYC than a West Village stoop? We did find Carrie’s (yes, the actual one they used when filming the outside scenes in Sex and the City) but there was a chain across it with a polite warning to stay off (!) However the road itself was pretty deserted traffic-wise so we had another little dance/pose-off in the middle of the street. I’d like to think SJP probably did the same thing in between takes…

A few of you were asking after I published part one of the shoot, which camera’s the girls use…well I asked Christina and she said, “For the shoot we shot on Contax 645, Contax G1, Hasselblad 500 cm, Polaroid Land Camera 330, Canon AE-1, Pentax 35mm, Canon 5D Mark II DSLR (2 of them – one for filming & one for shooting), Instax wide….& 3 iphones haha!”

I Wore

Topshop Cutout Back Self Stripe Flippy dress
♥ Kimchi Blue black & glitter shoes boots / Jimmy Choo Tokyo hi tops
Stargazer ‘Japan’ wig in ‘Sky’
♥ Sparkle & Fade Skull Cardigan
♥ ‘We are all mad here’ necklace by UntamedMenagerie on etsy

Gala Wore

Topshop sequin dress
♥ Custom decoden glasses by Luxyloli on etsy
♥ Star headband by Janine Basil on etsy
♥ Michael Kors watch
♥ Forever 21 bangles
♥ Frye boots

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A New York State of Mind: Rooftop Dance Party

I’ve been obsessed with Made U Look Photography for as long as I’ve been blogging. Even in the early days they were wonderful to me and allowed me to feature their beautiful weddings as much as possible. Christina, Marielle & Alie are amazing girls, and when Christina and I started whimsically chatting about one day doing a shoot together I knew we’d make it happen somehow!

Fast forward a few years and the opportunity for me to travel to New York for a shoot with a make up company arose. I was over the moon and even more so when they said the Made U Look girls were shooting it! I think it took me approximately 20 seconds to reply and say I was 100% on board. Unfortunately these things don’t always pan out and the shoot was cancelled a few weeks before I was due to fly out. I was disappointed but I thought, hell, I’m going to New York now anyway and I wanna shoot with these girls damnit! So I emailed them to ask if they still wanted to come to New York (they are based in Bakersfield, CA) and shoot with me & Gareth and then me & Gala! I was overjoyed when they agreed. I’m a firm believer that things always happen for a reason and now we had completely free reign to create the shoot(s) of our dreams!

The day began with make up by the fabulous Regan. He works for MAC and is awesome at what he does. Plus, when he asked if I wanted to try pink eyebrows I knew we were onto a winner! Gala went for a more 60s inspired look while I opted for my trademark bright pink lips to match my brows!

For our first look we decided to head up to the windswept rooftop of our East Village apartment (Gareth & I decided to rent an apartment during our stay instead of booking a hotel. I loved it and the fact that we were in a non-tourist area, it almost felt like we were living there for 2 weeks!)

So, what do Gala & I do when we’re excited to be hanging out again? We pull silly faces and have impromptu dance parties of course! The elevators of Vegas were our practice run, but now the rooftop was our place to shine! Oh boy it was windy up there but I think you’ll agree it was worth it for these shots.

The Made U Look girls are masters of the camera…no, strike that…masters of a gazillion cameras! Each of them carried about 4 cameras each, and as we shot they were constantly changing up and shooting with a different one. Each camera had a different kind of film in it so all the shots are totally different. If you love vintage-looking photographs then these are the girls for you. No fake vintage photoshop edits here people, these are the real deal!

I Wore

♥ Nanette Lepore Jacy Pleated Floral-Print Skirt (seriously the brightest thing I’ve ever owned!)
Zara t-shirt
♥ Upper Street Ballet Flats (designed by me!)
♥ Sparklebeast on etsy (Gala’s)
H&M ring
♥ Forever 21 bangles

Gala Wore

♥ Vintage dress
♥ Bunny ears from a toy shop in New Zealand
♥ Michael Kors watch
♥ Forever 21 bangles
♥ Betsey Johnson ‘Starburst Polly’ shoes

PS: I told you things got a little bit silly…

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Desperate Housewife: A Personal Project by Joanna Brown

I love wedding photographer Joanna Brown. LOVE. I’m always blown away by the weddings she submits to me, and I’m thrilled to feature her work on these pages whenever I can. So imagine my unadulterated joy when she asked me if I’d be willing to model for a personal project she was working on.

“You may just know me as a wedding photographer,” Joanna Brown writes, “and while this is true, this is just one element of my photography work. I have been taking photographs for 18 years, since my A-Levels. I have 1000s of photographs in my archive featuring numerous projects. When I am not shooting weddings I love to shooting personal work. I do not rest; the desire to create imagery is too strong. I shut my eyes and see photographs. I have a sketch pad on me at all times including by my bed for the moments of clarity I have as I nod off to sleep.  Photography is my passion and everything about it motivates my work and my fascination with storytelling and the everyday.”

“I love visiting my boyfriend’s Mother’s house,” she continues, “and not for the reason you would think (even though her cooking is ace!) I love it because it is such a nostalgic place. It reminds me of an age gone by. As a child visiting relatives houses like hers, I became fascinated with the objects in them - acres of net curtains, mantelpieces, pot plants, carpets that would make me dizzy, picket fences and shrubs.”

“I guess this is what has driven this project -the combination of a house, my memories and a fascination with the idea of a housewife and the desire to discover the truth and scratch beneath the surface of the everyday life. I have always felt a tension between the banal of the everyday, the comfort of the home yet also the claustrophobia that this also brings with it. It all kind of came together in my mind and I knew that I wanted to do a shoot in this house. I just needed to find the right model.”

“It was only a matter of time until all the pieces slotted into place. The ‘housewife’ had to be authentic and the lightbulb moment came when Kat tweeted something about trying to cook Gareth dinner and then just dialing for a takeaway because it went wrong.” (Kat: sounds like me alright!)

So early one March morning, Elbie & I headed out to her Mother-in-law’s house which would become my character’s for the day. With me I brought a number of vintage dresses as well a huge bag of swag from the amazing Vivien of Holloway. Their 1950s inspired clothes were the perfect accompaniment to the theme of the shoot. I also brought with me the pink wig that I’d picked up in Vegas… just in case. I’m so glad I did though because I think it ended up becoming the star of the show. It certainly helped me get into character!

When these landed in my inbox on Friday afternoon I actually felt a bit emotional! I literally can’t believe that’s me right there. “Holy effing sh***ing crap you are amazing Jo” was my actual reply. No joke. If this makes me sound big headed then whatever…sorry and all that…but I look HOT. I’m not an especially pretty girl, but Jo managed to bring it out of me. In spades.

Jo told me that she really wanted to show a different side to me with her images. Apparently I can do ‘fierce’ and ‘strong’ very well (!) but she said she’d never seen me looking demure and soft. I think she achieved that don’t you?

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Las Vegas Lovers: Sequins & Smoke Bombs

For the third and final setting of the Las Vegas Lovers shoot, GalaNubby & I wanted to get a little mean & moody…and that meant monochrome, silver and something a bit more dramatic! We moved from our beloved Ghost Town (Nubby & I have since decided we might take up residence there…just as long and someone can sort out some interwebz for us please…) and ambled towards a good-looking piece of desert.

With the light fading fast it was time to crack open our pièce de résistance… coloured smoke bombs!

There’s quite a story behind these beauties. Turns out Nevada state law is slightly cray cray about fireworks. In fact Lisa and Amy had to add an hour to their drive up from LA to visit a town called Pahrump - apparently one of the only towns in Southwest America where you can legally buy them! However I hope you’ll agree the trek was worth it.

After much coughing, spluttering and giggling we’d nailed the shots but we weren’t done just yet. As the day drew to a close, we simply had to get one final shot of us in front of that incredible view in the middle of the deserted highway. Looking at these photos I can’t believe I was actually there! It just looks like a dream.

I wore

Charlotte Balbier ‘Tutti Frutti’ gown custom made in black (I felt like an actual million dollars in this dress…it may well be my favourite dress ever ever ever!)
♥ Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon shoes in yellow & black
Butler & Wilson pink crystal skull ring

Gala wore

♥ Betsey Johnson tee-shirt
♥ Betsey Johnson feather dress
♥ Bedazzled glasses by Tequila Star
♥ Star headband by Janine Basil
♥ Chinese Laundry shoes

Nubby wore

♥ Silver dress from Camilla & Marc 
♥ Black sequin mouse ears from Disneyland
♥ Tights from H&M
♥ Boots from Ai for Matiko

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Las Vegas Lovers: Ghost Town Glamour Girls

After the fun we had frolicking around the RV Park, GalaNubby & I were super excited to see the second location that David had found – an abandoned ghost town! Located in Nelson, just under an hours drive from The Strip, we were keen to get there late afternoon to make the most of the incredible early evening light…and boy did we!

As we drove into the town we could hardly contain ourselves, letting out giddy squeals. I kid you not, this place was so incredibly cool. It almost looked like a movie set. There are abandoned or burnt out cars everywhere and even the old fire engine still sitting proudly by the the unused fueling station. The gold mines surrounding the town haven’t been ventured into since 1845!

The original buildings all still stand. It’s actually quite a spooky feeling walking around, especially when you see all the ‘things’ that have just been left behind.

With mountains all around the light was fading fast and so a quick change with no time for modesty was in order (I’ll never forget trying to help Nubby wriggle into her sequins whilst a half undressed Gala looked on in fits of giggles…)

I wore

♥ 1940s mint green vintage dress from Frock and Roll Vintage
♥ Aurora Borealis necklace from Topshop
♥ Custom pink Swarovski Crystal Benjamin Adams ‘Rhiana’ shoes
♥ ‘Vivien’ headpiece by DC Bouquets

Gala wore

♥ 1950s purple vintage prom dress
♥ Sparkly bunny ears by by Janine Basil on etsy
♥ Star Earrings by Im Your Present on etsy
♥ Betsey Johnson starburst ‘Polly’ shoes

Nubby wore

♥ Dress from ASOS
♥ Tights from H&M
♥ ‘Romeo & Juliet’ clutch bag from Kate Spade
♥ Heels from Dries van Noten

I love how the colours of each of our outfits compliment each other so well – what a cool gaggle of bridesmaids we would be! If you’re getting married in Vegas I would 100% recommend going to Nelson for some portraits. The place just blew. me. away.

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