Many moons ago I persuaded one of my winter wedding couples
to jump on the carousel in George Square. It made for some colouful and unusual
photos and was even featured in Tie The Knot Magazine (Best Scottish Weddings
at the time) back in the day.
There's a big attraction to the sounds and sights of the
circus, carnival and fair. So I was quite thrilled when discussing a shoot with
Rachael, who I'd worked with a couple of times before, and she'd come up with
the idea of being a clown on a carousel. Now her take on the clown, wasn't your
typical Ronald McDonald, instead drawing inspiration from Pierrotte type
clowns, Alice in Wonderland and a number of other influences.
But our big problem was finding a carousel. There was a fair
here in Largs, but except for teeny tea cup type rides and big thrill rides,
there wasn't anything that fitted the bill. We hunted and hunted until finally
we decided to just chance our luck and turned up in Princes Street Gardens in
The rider operator was happy to let us have a couple of
spins on the carousel and luckily the ride wasn't too busy so we could find a
side of the ride without bothering the other customers. Although wedid some
shoot some static images between spins, it was quite challenging sneaking 2-3
shots of Rachael whizzing round and posing as the ride was running. Still we
were both really pleased with the results.
The next stage of our clowning around involved some
balloons. We popped into card factory and a very stressed and busy shop
assistant agreed to sort us out with a dozen balloons. We used the time we were
waiting to mess around with bubbles and have an ice cream... all the fun of the
I aim to try some more flying/floating images with the clown
and the balloons, but they require a lot more editing. Instead we have Rachael
here throwing a few poses with the balloons and throwing some cards. Great fun was had!