Photoshoot (part 1)

I have been lucky enough to take part in a number of photo shoots with some very talented photographers and models where Vibrant Vintage clothes have been used.  I am always asked if it is glamorous and have been wanting to write about the photo shoots for some time.   Here is an honest two part blog about what it really is like behind the scenes of a photo shoot.

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Behind the scenes

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The first photo shoot I took part in, was in February 2012 at Rose and Lee Living’s Studio.  The idea was for the businesses involved to give their time and expertise in exchange for the photos.  My role was to dress and style the models.  I really enjoyed working with the models to create some great vintage looks

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Owner of Rose and Lee

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Two of the models







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Alice the make up artist



The venue was perfect for a photo shoot as there was lots of exquisite antiques.  I was one of the models but was full of a nasty cold with a bright red nose.  Alice did a wonderful job of hiding my hideous nose and kept telling me to dab my nose and under no circumstances should I blow my nose.  Believe it or not it is very difficult to refrain from blowing your nose!  However, I’m glad I did as the photos were brilliant!






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original 1950’s dress

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fur coat and 1920’s style dress











Sadly the heating at the venue had broken so it was very cold.  The models had to wear fur coats in between shoots.  However Rose and Lee Livings mum kept the team going with hot cups of tea and even cooked us all a lovely meal after the shoot.  It really was a fab day and a great example of businesses pulling together to help each other achieve some great photos.  As a result of this the photos turned out beautifully

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All of the models


After this photo shoot the stunning Coco Fierce contacted me to borrow some clothes from Vibrant Vintage for a 1940’s shoot at a disused RAF Tilstock airfield.  The make up artist was Alice Kitty Wink.  Although the shoot took place in March, it was a freezing cold day.  Coco Fierce was a trooper and did not complain about the cold at all, as a result the photos look fab.  Coco Fierce is wear a original 1950’s winter wiggle dress on the left hand side.  While in the photo on the right she is wear a 1970’s coat and dress.

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Coco Fierce has also borrowed clothes from Vibrant Vintage for a Candy Candy shoot (photographer Laura Hince) and a Jubilee shoot (photographer Mudkiss photography).  For the Candy Shoot Coco Fierce wore an original 1950’s black and yellow dress (on the left) and a 1980’s cream wedding/event dress for the Jubilee shoot.  Since this photo shoot Coco Fierce has gone on to model for some top designers and I am honoured to have had her modelling Vibrant Vintages clothes.

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Last year Vibrant Vintage had a stall at Polka Dots and Pearls vintage wedding fair.  Kath and I attended the fair as Wayne isn’t great with wedding dresses!  Alice was the make up artist for the event and got all the models ready for the catwalk show.

I dressed the models in their dresses for the catwalk show and decided who looked best in which dress.  Some of the models involved in the catwalk show had to have a quick change in the middle of the catwalk show.  Before this I didn’t realise how difficult it is to get in and out of a wedding dress!  This was a great experience but at the time it was very stressful trying to get the models in their dresses and on the catwalk in time.

Thankfully the catwalk show was great and all the models looked beautiful.  The flower stalls made some lovely bouquets that complimented the dresses perfectly.  Vibrant Vintage still have wedding dresses and if you are getting married and want a vintage dress drop us an email and we will arrange a fitting at the shop.

Vibrant Vintage Summer

There is only one Latin phrase that I remember from 4 terrible years of Latin class and that is “Tempus Fugit” or time flies.  Vibrant Vintage can’t think of a more apt phrase, as we have been in our shop for over 5 months now!!!

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We have two events planned for summer then we are having a well deserved break.  Our first event is on Sunday 30th June at Haigh Hall.  We are organising a vintage, retro and craft fair at the Hall with over 40 stalls.  There will be a BBQ outside if the weather is nice, if not the chef will cook inside.  We have some familiar stalls coming as well as new stalls.  There is live entertainment from the fab Bexi Owen who has sung at our last 2 fairs. The fair will start at 10am and finish at 4pm with admission just £1 for the whole day.

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The next event isn’t one that we are organising but one that we are part of and will take place on Saturday 6th July 9am-4pm  Last year Westhoughton market organised a jubilee themed farmers market.  This year Westhoughton traders are organising a forces day for the charity Our Local Heroes Foundation.  There will be a farmers market and a vintage and craft fair at the back of Westhoughton market, live entertainment throughout the day, a raffle and tombola where everyone is a winner.

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For those of you not from Westhoughton you may be unaware that the people of Westhoughton are known as  Keawyeds” or cow heads.  This is due to the story of a farmer and his cow.  When the cow got its head stuck in a gate, the farmer decided to cut the cows head of inside of damage the gate as the cow cost less!  In honour of this story, local shops and market stalls will have a cow in their window and children can find the name of all cows.  There will also be a historical tour around the town.

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Photo from Westhoughton Picture Past and Present (check out their facebook page)

There will be lots of other activities on the day too.  We are trying to arrange for vintage and classic cars to come down to the town too, so if you know anyone that has a car of interest please ask them to come down.  The idea of this event is to try and encourage people to shop local, while raising money for a great charity.  Westhoughton has a great market and town centre with lots of independent shops so please try and support this event.