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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

The Mad Milliner- The kindness of strangers

Some behind the scenes shots from yesterday's shoot. With a last minute change of direction we brought the Mad Milliner to life with headpieces from Jenivieve Berlin Millinery, fashion from Velvet Elvis, NLM Design, Bluezenn Emporium and We Love to Boogie.
 
Saturday that had me ranging from Galashiels to Edinburgh and back to Glasgow to retrieve clothes from NLM Design and Velvet Elvis, meet with the stylist, Jacki Clark and visit Anonymous Order's exhbition at In Public. I arrived home in the early evening and turned into a vegetable. Perfect preparation for the next day's shoot!
 
Sunday dawned, bright and warm and I couldn't help having a little laugh at myself for planning an indoor shoot in the evening on such a warm day. All was not lost, I had to return to Glasgow to pick up the headpieces from Jenivieve Berlin and pick up Jacki at Glasgow University Library. I arrived early and snuck off to the new Nardini's cafe for a wee tub of ice cream, result!
 
Jacki and I made it to Greenock an age before the shoot time, so we wandered into the oak mall, had a coffee, did some shopping, bought a plant and generally dawdled.
 
We pounced on the barbershop just after 4pm and started slowly unloading the various items that we had brought with us. I'd had the good fortune to recruit some talented folk for the hair and makeup: Lesley of Head Strong Solutions and Lana Cairns provided hair skills. Melanie Watson and Katie Ford took care of makeup. I had Stuart McKenzie along as general gofer and assistant. Aimee was the first of the models to appear, with mother in tow, followed by Mel and Donna who arrived together. Kirstin, the fourth model was due in on the next train. A quick vox pop and Aimee became the Mad Milliner with the three other models assigned to be her hatted minions.
 
As we were testing the lighting with Donna, the first of our models to emerge from hair and makeup, I realised that we had left our blinds open as she spotted a somewhat inebriated guy peering in through the window, a possible escapee from the pub next door. So we said goodbye to the sun and closed the blinds.
 
The shoot went smoothly and everybody seemed quite relaxed and enjoyed the fab designs from the kindly folk that had loaned them. I did have a worry at a few points that we would find it hard to rip some of the designs out of the models' hands, but they were professionals and only shed a tear or two on parting with their favourite garments.
 
Thanks to everyone arranging lifts home we did not have to stop for the original deadline, overrunning an hour and only packing up about 10:30 at night. There were of course a few yawns creeping in by then from all concerned.
 
I lurched home in the car and backed up the pictures before collapsing in a heap. These are some of the behind the scenes, out takes and one unedited (including my elbow) group shot.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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