It takes very little encouragement at this time of the year for a trip to the beach, and especially my favourite one, Whiterocks Beach outside Portrush, and rapidly becoming a favourite photography haunt for me now too 🙂
Having said that though, this photography project was planned for last Wednesday and sods law would dictate that it would be the only evening of an otherwise great spell of weather where it literally bucketed down all evening! The weather forecast was mixed so we set off in hope that it might hold out for a reasonably dry evening. It looked promising until around 7 o’clock when the ‘real’ rain came on, and did it rain or what? A drive into Portrush and Morelli’s ice creams all round, followed by an hour and a half wait and the rain was showing no signs of clearing so it was a long drive home and our model, Maurade wasn’t even out of the car!
Tuesday of this week though and it was a whole new ball game when we returned 🙂 In fact I had to seek out shade to work behind big rocks from the strong sunlight. The early part of the evening was an almost clear blue sky, and thankfully for the theme of the project the few clouds gathered into a few more, and soon there was some much needed detail going on in the sky.
I seem to be gleaning a lot of inspiration at the minute from a few key photographers I follow, and videos they have made from their work. This one was no exception and was firmly based around a fashion(y), semi- gothic beach theme from a famous Californian fashion photographer whos blog I avidly follow. Catherine had the idea to marry this into a 1920’s theme and we then had the makings of our project.
I feel very lucky to have a great team of willing and very talented assistants on these photography projects and this one was no different. A BIG thank you for hair and make-up styling goes to David Graham Hairdressing, and Catherine Fleming Make-up, both of The Linen Green, Dungannon. Also to the current Miss Northern Ireland runner-up Maurade our wonderful and very patient model. It’s worth noting again that all 3 of these people had to repeat every little detail of the preparation this week, due to last week’s rain. The same fashion photographer who was my main inspiration for this also says, if you want to be successful then you must surround yourself with successful and talented people, and how very true that is.
Here’s some of the images from a very enjoyable and rewarding evening at the beach….
Some behind the scenes….