Desert Orchid Corsets Promotional Shoot

29th July 2012
My photography life is not all weddings and portraits; I take on various commissions and love personal projects. This post is a mixture of the two, what started as a personal project to organise a fashion shoot at the fabulous Morecambe Winter Gardens resulted in a commission to promote the exquisite creations of Desert Orchid Corsets.

Morecambe Winter Gardens is a wonderful Victorian theatre that has been closed for many years and has sadly fallen to decay. Thankfully though the building is now owned by a trust that are raising money to restore it to its former glory and it is now open to the public on certain days, if you get chance it is well worth a visit. It's a wonderful location for a shoot and in early June that's where I headed to meet model Sophie Nova for our promotional shoot for Desert Orchid Corsets.

Bethan, owner and creator at Desert Orchid, hand makes the most beautiful corsets and she had sent 3 with Sophie for us to create stunning images with. The first was a simple but far from unassuming ribbon corset in soft shades of peach and ivory that sculpts the waist to perfection. The second was a stunning affair in teal and black, peppered with fine crystal to accentuate the lines and its structure celebrates the effect of continuous boning. The final one an under bust with vivid hues of magenta and black which scream seduction. With a six-hour shoot scheduled we took a brief look around the theatre to plan our locations and then Sophie went to get ready as I set up some lights.

The old bar area upstairs at the front of the theatre overlooks Morecambe bay and with large windows the natural light flooding in is just perfect for lighting portraits. Too good to miss in fact and so we left my artificial lights for the second outfit and started the shoot here in natural light. Sophie is a super talented model and went from pose to pose showing the teal corset off to its best in this superb location.

After an outfit change we headed further into the theatre, another old bar area where the wooden paneling and stained glass is still intact and looks wonderful. With no working lights the room is dark and so my portable lights were a must. Sophie appeared in the magenta corset, which I thought would work well against green so I put a green gel on a flash and placed it in the other room to colour the glass. A quick test of the lighting setup and we were good to go with Sophie once again reeling off pose after pose to produce a stunning set of images.

A quick lunch on the hoof and then onto the final lighting setup in the old entrance to the theatre where the revolving doors and Victorian wall tiles remain intact. The natural light here is fine to work with on it's own but I decided to supplement it with a small battery powered video light to create a warm welcoming feel to the images as I thought it would compliment the peach corset well. Another great set of images and the wedding photographer in me shone through as I made use of the reflections in the glass panels that make up the doors.

The day flew by and we only scratched the surface of the potential of the Winter Gardens and so we will return for another shoot later in the year.

The arsenal of lighting equipment and techniques I deployed on the day are the things I use in my wedding and portrait photography each time I'm commissioned. I love to create stunning images and although these are a departure from my wedding images I hope you can see just what I can achieve. If you are getting married and looking for a photographer who will go that extra mile to produce an outstanding set of wedding photographs for you then why not get in touch and have a chat about what you would like. Have a look around the site for examples of my wedding imagery but please contact me if you would like to see further examples and some wedding albums as I only use the best suppliers that compliment my images. Likewise if you are a creative like Bethan and want to promote your fashion designs then please get in touch.

Enjoy the images.

Darren.
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