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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Palms, patterns and rain at the Botanic Gardens with Camille

So 10:00 a.m on Sunday 19th June found me standing at the gate of the Glasgow Botanic gardens, camera bag on my back, umbrella at the ready and a clothes carrier in one hand. Being the organised soul that I am, I had left my mobile phone and some other odds and ends sitting at home.
 
There I met up with Camille and her mother (as chaperone) for a fashionish shoot amongst the palms and ferns. Hayley, our makeup artist was sensibly hiding inside the dry Kibble Palace, where we eventually found her.
 
 
Aside:
A few weeks ago I'd posted about my trip to the Inspire the Attire Fashion show. Camille was one of the catwalk models at the show. One of the designers at the show was Nicci.n. who designs a range of real world clothes using lovely prints and materials. She was kind enough to loan us a couple of outfits for the shoot, and I had been along to Edinburgh the day before to pick them up. A wee impromptu shoot for Nicola also ensued as she is currently working on her web site and needed a pic or two of herself.
 
 
 
 
Hayley was very quick to answer a casting call that I put out for a makeup artist and I'm glad she did. She had a very subtle touch with the first look, was very pleasant company and is a dab hand at removing false eyelashes without cries of pain from the subject of her ministrations.
 
In addition to the fun of doing something different, I'd taken a wedding booking for next year which included shooting at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. This shoot was a perfect opportunity to case out the joint a bit more.
 
Back on track:
Anyway once the first makeup done, Camille disappeared off to the public loos with her mother to get changed into the first outfit. A nice top and skirt combination. I baffled her with my misdirection and it took us both a little while to settle into the swing of things. But we ended up with a really nice first set around the Kibble Palace, glasshouses and the lawns outside.
 
About an hour later and it was time for a quick change to the makeup, the hair was loosened up, the lips and eyes went a bit more "night out" and Camille went off to change into the next outfit, a nice dress. We also borrowed her mum's necklace for a little styling touch. Camille was very professional throughout the shoot, except for the two occasions where her mum snook up to snap a few pics with her phone, then she reverted to the traditional "embarrassed teenager".
 
The rain was coming and going at this point, so in a brief lessening of the deluge we ventured out with the umbrellas!. Eventually, with a helping hand on the muddy steps, we made it down by the river and got some nice pictures at the bridge as well.
 
A last few shots in the Kibble palace and we were done! I'm kind of glad I never borrowed the 3rd outfit that had been offerred by the designer. Both Camille and I were a little frazzled by the end of the shoot!
 
Anyway, I had a great old time and am still editing and whittling away to select the final shots and have them presentable for Camille, Hayley and Nicola.
 
 

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