Compared to the previous weekend’s Rock n roll themed shoot, things did go remarkably smoothly this time. A quick text to the barber in the morning before setting off, just in case, and 8 am rolled in with both makeup artists, Aileen and Melanie, two of our 3 models, Jamie and Jenna and our stylist, Jacki Clark all present. Sharon, the third model for the shoot was due to arrive on a later train due to the need to travel from Falkirk.
In the absence of the hairstylist, Aileen and Melanie stepped in and got a chance to improvise with their own skills and did a great job in adding the perfect touches to Jenna and Jamie’s makeup.
The real star of the show though was a dress. This was another dress I had borrowed from Alison at Psychomoda. When I had seen her on Monday that week, dropping off the rock n roll prom dresses, this dress had not even existed. This wonder of creation was to adorn Jenna in her role as a mere Hollywood siren. Jenna donned it just before 10 am and stepped into the barbershop as a screen goddess.
Jamie had been ready a while longer, looking very suave and every inch the ratpacker we were looking for in a tuxedo, loose bow tie,cummberbund and trousers. These were hired from Keogh and Savage in Greenock but were a perfect fit. (the advantages of a model who gives accurate measurements!).
With a simple two light setup we gathered around one of the barber chairs and proceeded to create the first set of images for our shoot.
Sharon arrived on the 10 a.m. train and I nipped out to greet her at the station. I’d seen some promising images in her portfolio, likeJenna, but in neither case was I prepared for just how stunning our two female models for the day were. Some more dramatic and severe makeup and a slick hairstyle transformed her into the perfect role in our barbershop love triangle.
As I was waiting for the makeup and hair I had been discussing shoots with the stylist, Jacki. The best, most creative shoots are ones that have a story to tell. Last week’s rock n roll shoot had gone slightly awry with a change in location and an absent model, but I still managed to riff on the original theme of the prim prom girl being chatted up and flirting with the cool “bad boy”. This shoot at the barbershop was titled “Razor”. The idea was loosely that of a man, our model Jamie, who had left his first girl, the darkly jealous and very striking Sharon and was now living a very different, but possibly less passionate life with his glamorous new girl. The resulting love triangle was enacted around a barber’s chair with the eponymous razor being the one main prop and adding the necessary air of danger.
We got some spectacular shots and I was practically jumping up and down as the images in my head became reality. At 11:30 am the first of the barbershop’s staff arrived read for the 12 pm opening time. It was time to pack up. Thebrave and hardy models volunteered to step outside for a few more shots on the Greenock seafront, before calling it a day.
As we were shooting Jamie and Jenna staring moodily out to sea, we had our most surreal moment of the day, as a group of canoeists paddled by with a shout of, “Congratulations”. So, it was not a wedding shoot and there was no happy couple, but congratulations were definitely deserved by all that took part, an amazing, relaxed and beautiful shoot!
Thanks again to Euan at the Harbour Barber’s in Greenock for allowing us to disturb his Sunday morning and shoot there.