August saw a few fabulous happenings for us, we managed a little trip to Paris, met corsetieres from around the globe at the wonderful Sparklewren in Birmingham, and a location shoot down in Oxford with the wonderfully talented Rosie Dennington of Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture,
September is looking equally exciting for us, with a front cover on Burlesque Bible magazine featuring the stunning Sukki Singapora, and an impending shoot with beautiful actress Leah Murphy, but first, lets get back to August …..
We first met Rosie Dennington last year when Rosie was an intern to the fabulous talent that is Jenni Hampshire, in her Sparklewren Birmingham boutique.
A shoot with both designers followed on the 1st of May at Winterbourne gardens, Birmingham, and Rosie’s images from the day were to be for her first Look-book.
Beautiful Emily Mcleish modelled Rosie’s designs, and as the 1st of May turned out to be the first boiling hot day of the year with harsh overhead sunlight, it was also to be our first location shoot using our new Lencarta battery operated lights which came in pretty handy to deal with the mid day sun … there were a lot of firsts that day!
We were all happy with the outcome of the images for the Look-book, said we’d do it all again and went our separate ways. However, little did we know that before the end of 2013, Rosie’s father Jon, would get the Look-book into the hands of Rosie’s long-time idol – actress Helena Bonham Carter… yes, that is THE Helena Bonham Carter!!!
A little happy jig was performed here at InaGlo upon hearing the news that the stunning Helena Bonham Carter had personally looked upon our images to peruse Rosie’s work. We were also totally ecstatic to hear that Helena had chosen Rosie’s cage gown to wear for a New York photoshoot with non-other than photographer Mario Testino for the International Best Dressed List featured in Vanity Fair, September 2014 issue…. such an incredible outcome for all Rosie’s hard work!
Read all about it here …Rosie in the Daily Mail
So, fast forward to Sunday Aug 10th 2014, and as the morning sun shone down on our backs as we stood at the front door of the quaint old cottage in a sleepy little village in the Oxfordshire coutntryside, we may just have been forgiven for thinking this shoot would follow the same pattern as the boiling hot day we shot for Rosie the year previously. However, the weather forecast had said otherwise, and so nerves were just a little on edge for the day ahead.
As the cottage door opened we were greeted so very warmly by our hosts for the day, Jon & Elaine Dennington, Rosie’s wonderfully kind and more than helpful parents. Straight away they put us at ease and made us feel extremely welcome and right there, we knew this was going to be a good day, no matter what the weather decided to throw our way.
It wasnt long before the kitchen was a hive of activity, models arriving, and making up, gowns being twirled, and lots of tea being drunk. It was quickly decided that due to weather forecast of doom & gloom, that the original location for the shoot was just a little too risky, and so leaving the models in make-up, we trotted off the short distance to our new location, and I do mean short … like over the road… to get a feel for the place! What a lovely little location it was too, a small orchard belonging to Rosies family which was perfect to show off the gowns. There was an overhead shelter area where we could set up tables for picnics and stash the the camera gear whilst sheltering half dressed models from rain… and boy did it rain! Beautiful fruit trees in bloom, twisty wooden benches, and a beautiful relic of a rusted old car that just screamed out to be shot!
While still waiting for the models to come over to us, the sun disappeared and was replaced by a pretty feisty thunderstorm. The rain was so heavy and the sky so dark, it looked as if it was in for the day. However, the strong winds that followed helped push the clouds on, and so we had beautiful blue skies once more, though I guess it was a tad ‘breezy’ to be attired in tulle. The weather didnt deter our eager models Miss Deadly Red, and Rosie Piggot who were absolute troopers and the shoot went very well considering there was lots of dashing for shelter between the heavy showers that came and went in the blink of an eye. Bare feet were replaced with Hunter wellies to accompany beautiful pale gowns, and sweaters & blankets covered corseted waists ^ bare shoulders when the gales came, Everyone on hand really helped to make sure we got done what was needed, so thank you to each of you that helped on the day.
It was sad to say goodbye at the end of the day, and though exhausted, after the 3 hour trip home our fingers were itching to get the images uploaded and see what we had, which as it turned out, were some pretty fantastic images for Rosie’s new Look-book.
Some shots from the day ….. The Wild Roses Collection, by Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture …