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Fred & Ginger

When I contacted Lynn to let her know she had won the draw I held over the Spring Fling weekend for a photo session, her initial reaction was it must be a set up by her husband, Chris. I had to spend a few minutes convincing her that had I known bribery was an option I would certainly have taken it, but no she had definitely won fair and square.

It took a while to decide what kind of photo she would like, and we had regular meetings over hot chocolate to discuss ideas. At one point being a trapeze artist was mentioned. Eventually Lynn said they were going to Edinbugh in the Autumn to see a production of "Top Hat" and thought it would be fun to do a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers theme.

Initially I thought it wouldn't be too difficult to find an old Art Deco building to stage the shoot. Unfortunately the small handful of period buildings in this region of Scotland were only styled this way on the outside. In the intervening 80 years since they were built, all had been refurbished at least twice, meaning 1930s interiors were nowhere to be found.

However, another solution was presented when it transpired Lynn had a connection with Titan Props in Glasgow. In addition to props for every kind of set you could imagine, it also has an infinity wall - something every portrait and product photographer craves - and this would allow us to go for one of those stylised studio shots.

So last month we all headed up to Glasgow to do the shoot. Lynn and her friend Margaret found the items they wanted for the set, and I finally got to see the outfits Lynn and Chris had created. It's when the people I photograph go to such lengths to really make it work that I feel I have the best job in the world.

Here's a selection of my favourites taken from the session.


Anonymous said...

I love the last photograph in this sequence, Kim. :)

hope said...

Amen! It's's get the drift. :)

Mary Smith said...

Love it, Kim. It took her long enough to decide but well worth the wait. Great pics.

Kim Ayres said...

Allen - thank you :)

Hope - much appreciated :)

Mary - it all had to be kept top secret too, until she was ready to reveal :)

Pat said...

Clearly she is having a ball.
It shows:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Yes, the people you photograph enjoy every moment with you. You go all out to make your photos works of art!

I bet they cherish these photos for always.

Kim Ayres said...

Pat - :)

Guyana-Gyal - the point of this kind of photography is to create memories, and it's wonderful when the people I'm photographing go to such lengths to help make the end result so good. I could have the best camera, lights and studio in the world, but if the people aren't enjoying themselves or don't want to be there, then it would show and the photos wouldn't work

katierobertsart said...

Lovely story Kim. :)

Kim Ayres said...

Katie - thank you :)

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