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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Radisson anything but Blu

Well, Sunday came along in darkness and torrential rain. I packed up the car and drove to Kilmarnock to pick up one of the models for the day's shoot, Emily, then on to Glasgow. We made good time and arrived in Glasgow at the Radisson Blu with plenty of time to spare, laden down with bags of clothes, cameras and other odds and ends.
 
Just before 9 am, I'd checked my messages and calamity! Cat, one of the makeup artists for the shoot had a hole in her roof and was not going to make it. Luckily Katie was there to save the day with her makeup skills, and one of the other groups had a hair stylist who was kind enough to chip in.
 
Domonique, the second model was also nice and punctual and both models were suprisingly chirpy for that time on a Sunday in such miserable weather.
 
The schedule was running a little late, due to a kerfuffle with the keys, which gave us a little time to catch up and start shooting. Jacki, our stylist, was bouncing between two different shoots, so she came in, made a quick assessment and was away again.
 
The first shoot was in one of the hotel's standard rooms and Domonique was first out of the gate. She wore a slinky dress with fine sequin and crystal details, supplied by the kind ladies at Melissa Amy Hopkins. Towards the end of our allotted time Emily also made it up to the room with her much bigger (and heavier) dress.
 
Both models were absolute perfection in front of the camera, moving effortlessly through a range of poses and looks.
 
The second area within the hotel was shooting in the public areas. We got some nice shots on the mezzanine first floor and the staircase, but the funnest were the two women in full bridal regalia, having a game of pool down in the bar. It certainly drew a few confused looks from the passing pedestrians outside the windows!
 
During this part of the shoot Emily's pleas for help for another MUA to the outside world were answered in the form of Gary, another talented makeup artist, who helped a great deal with the looks in the afternoon set.
 
We then broke a little early for lunch, to give ourselves a bit more time to prepare for part 2 of the day. We dined in "luxury" across the road at the pub, before jumping back to the hotel.
 
Part 2 of the day and pictures from the shoot will follow tonight.....
Here are just two of the photos from the bridal section of the shoot:

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