SHIVER AND SHAKE ON DEADWOOD | Darrin Henry
We’re doing an outdoor St Helena winter weather photoshoot – something we avoid, normally. Dull, grey skies, low temperatures that feels worse with the blustery conditions and occasional spits and spots of rain. Plus, we have a fully kitted out studio at home with a kettle and coffee on hand so more reasons to stay in.
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But today we’re rebelling! For the sake of the blog, a winter fashion shoot, outdoors, regardless of what the weather gods throw at us. Typically it started grey today and stayed grey. But we’re doing this.
Imogen Henry is modelling for us. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve shot together, but we’re quickly back in the groove with plenty of natter.
Just after 2pm and we’re crawling across Deadwood Plain, our chosen location. The south-east trade winds sweep across this exposed flatland with such reliability that the island’s wind farm has been built here. And today the turbines are all spinning furiously. It’s windy alright.
First look (or fashion style) is a baggy blue top, a short skirt and tights. Natural light only with a reflector for filler on the close-ups. The overcast sky is testing. The dirt roadway makes a mystical, middle-of-nowhere backdrop for this first look. Even with her clothes and hair being whipped about by the wind, Imogen looks stunning.
There are hundreds of cows around, scattered across the fields, but apart from a glance when we get too close, they ignore our presence.
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Location modelling means the car doubles as a changing room. Skinny jeans and a check top is the second look. We’re moving across the plain for each new styling, choosing a different setting and careful to follow the vehicle tracks as this is wirebird territory and nests are almost impossible to spot.
Next look, a red wool dress, perfect winter fashion. We’re now at the far side of the paddocks and trying to capture the dramatic coloured marl backdrops below the peak of Flagstaff. The light has also faded significantly so it’s time to use the strobes. We’ve brought a slim soft box and an s-type adapter that can take a strobe. A second strobe with an orange filter provides backlight, artificial sunset glow but quite effective. Imogen is beginning to protest about the cold but we show her some of the pictures to keep her going! It is cold though; Sharon and I are each wearing three layers.
A St Helena Winter Weather Photoshoot
Light is fading fast now even though it’s only just gone 4pm. Part of the style selection for today is a grey maxi-dress. Perhaps not the best choice for winter wear, but our model cuts a glamorous vision striding across the paddock, shivering from the cold. Again, strobes are needed but it’s becoming more and more difficult holding on to them in the wind.
We manage a few shots but the elements on Deadwood Plain have beaten us; poor light, strong winds and low temperatures.
We’re all complaining now!
Time to head home for tea.
Great pics guys. Well done to you all, braving the Longwood chill. Special thumbs up to my baby cos Imogen for looking stunning as usual.
Good thing the camera can’t pick up the shivering 🙂 Yep, ‘stunning as usual,’ that’s Imogen. Cheers Kenickie
OMG what a great model well done Imogen you should be soo proud ………..and to you Darren and Sharon for such lovely shots ! Keep them coming !
Imogen’s a natural, Sandra, makes it easy to get these lovely shots. Thanks for the comment 🙂
Thank you for all the lovely comments…I would like to say thank you to Darrin and Sharon for giving me the opportunity to model for you guys again x
What amazing pictures I have just looked at….Gemma Jodie and Immogen are gorgeous girls. Sharon and Darrin you have so much talent doing all this. Can’t wait to show off to my work colleagues tomorrow …..well proud of you all. Lots of love xx
Thanks Denise, what a great comment. We have loads of fun doing these shoots, we really need to do a lot more. Hope your work mates are impressed too! Cheers 🙂
Let me add some testosterone to these comments…Very good shots indeed and the model was not too bad either. I have joined your blog officially and will be looking forward to the next one! Keep up the good work guys!!
Thanks Cecil, great to have you on board. The model made the shots easy. Next post could well be a ‘keyhole’ view 🙂 Cheers
Stunning pictures. Very beautiful model.
Cheers Noleen – a beautiful model makes the photographer’s job so easy 🙂
STUNNING !!!! ( My mom’s reply to my complaining about cold, high heels ect. , was always ” beauty knows no pain , my dear” ) This is beautiful pictures !!
Your mum sounds like a wise woman Leoni! Thanks for the comment. Somehow models are always destined to be outdoor somewhere in the bitter cold wearing very little – thank goodness the photos came out ok 🙂
Beautiful photos guys 😀
Another Great Shoot guys. great work!!! And i might seem a little biased, but Imogen is stunning
Nothing wrong with a little bias, but it’s true anyway, she is a stunning young lady. Thanks for the comment 🙂