I'd answered a call for a photographer for a shoot organised by Stephanie (hair) and Siobhan (makeup) and using the clothes from We Love to Boogie's pop-up shop.
I arrived in plenty of time, laden down with lights, camera equipment and my laptop. The shop was fairly bear bones in it's pop-up guise with improvised lighting and heaters scattered about, which immediately put paid to any hope of using my IR and Radio triggers inside the shop...best laid plans of mice and men.
After nipping out for a coffee, a sub and a bun, I was back in plenty of time for folk to start trickling in. We ended up with 5 models on the day, new faces from one of the agencies in town, all frozen to death in Glasgow's warm embrace, huddling round the heaters as they awaited their turn with the Siobhan and Lynsey for makeup and Stephanie (with hairspray) and colleague for hair.
Nadia, and later Greg, played hosts and were quite understanding in the general chaos and mayhem we inflicted on their S. Frederick Street shop.
My first shoot was with Erin, dressed in a black dress and white fur coat (the fur coats were very popular on the day!) and we grabbed some shots outside the City Chambers in George Square as well as a couple of live mannequin style shots in the window of the shop itself. Next up was Emily in a very 80's flamenco inspired red dress and black fur. We had a climb around the pillars on the G1 building until we got a stern finger wagging from the security guard inside.
Last to brave the outside world was the one suffering most from the cold, Nicole. She breavely gave up her coat for a few of the shots, dressed in a black bustier top and a black skirt with red flowers.
The light was quickly disappearing, so the last two models, Michelle and Hazel managed to stay in the warm of the shop and pose around in the chairs and in front of the changing cubicles.
We rounded the shoot off with some group shots with all the models together, in and out of their coats, before packing up and hitting the road.
It was a new perspective on shooting in winter... the need for good heating and blankets and the importance of modelling garments appropriate to the weather.
I'm liking the results of the shoot, the models all gave their all when they were in front of the lens, but I still feel slightly guilty for subjecting them to near arctic conditions in and out of the shop.