LIGHTING UP THE DANCE FLOOR | Darrin Henry
Blue Hill community centre in one of the more remote districts of St Helena was the backdrop for our recent shoot with island stunner, Gemma Lawrence.
Ironically we opted for a covered shoot after a week of grey and spitty weather, but no sooner had we humped the lights and gear inside, then the sun came out for a freakishly bright and warm winter day. Oh well. Better dry than sorry!
Blue Hill boasts one of the most active community centres on the island with a regular calendar of dances and events. The building itself is a classic example of traditional St Helena architecture and well maintained. Corrugated metal cladding, Iroko wood floor boards and latched four-pane windows.
Sharon got busy with Gemma’s make-up while I assembled lighting and scouted the shooting spots.
We had planned to use the dance hall for a certain look, but this required a re-think after finding Christmas decorations still suspended from the rafters. We realised it could be a unique look, so improvised the shot and styling with a beautiful red gown of Gemma’s.
Gemma has all the attributes for modelling; a great figure, flawless skin and the looks of a natural island beauty. She’s easy to shoot and even has plenty of patience at my faffing with the lights.
Another backdrop we wanted to use was the corrugated metal sheeting around the skittle alley. The metallic reflections brought out superb textures and it didn’t take us long to wrap a set of images.
Here’s a selection from these two styles. Look out for a follow up post with more from our afternoon at Blue Hill with Gemma.