The Shoot: Thai Orchid Festival

Hello world,

I really have to make more of an effort with this blog; it’s been months since I’ve updated and in that time I’ve collated a whole slew of shoots that have been sitting in my draft list of blog posts for months. The funny thing is, this is all because work is crazy busy and family life always takes precedence, but it’s not that I don’t have the time to do the shoots; it’s that I don’t seem to have time to do post-production on the images and write the accompanying blog post for them.

I don’t really talk to you guys about what my real job entails, but I’m a designer, so I spend my entire day on Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects. As a result, I’m amazing on the programs, but it’s the last thing I want to touch after a long day of building animations or editing images and graphics. And that’s how we end up with an assortment of blog posts and images that are half done and languishing on my laptop for months. To give you an idea of how delayed some of these posts are; I’ll soon be publishing a really nice shoot that was done in January 2017!

I will try and do better in the future. We’re in the process of moving, and once that’s done I’ll have an actual office space and dedicated space for my design work, so yay!

But in the meantime, please enjoy these slightly-old, to very-old posts from the last 14 months! This one was from the last day that they had the Thai Orchid festival on in Kew Gardens. So it’s only from the start of March that this one was shot. The entire outfit is very eighties, but fun and flouncy and the clear rain mac is a nod to the obsession with clear plastics for spring/summer 2018.

This shoot was actually quite hard to shoot; not because it was particularly awkward from a technical perspective, though I will admit that the lens did fog up once or twice, but because it was so swelteringly hot in there. The humidity for the palm trees and orchids was intense and I sweated so much in that plastic mac. Afterwards when I left the tropical houses where this was shot, I actually had to strip down to a small cami and shake out the mac because it was dripping with sweat so much. In the end, the images turned out quite beautiful, even if I wished I’d tried a bit more with my poses and angles, but the end result justifies all the sweating I done. It’s a wonder my make-up even stayed on! 🙂

Dress: ASOS, found here – Clear rain mac: Zara, similar one found here – Pearl belt: ASOS, found here – Panther head necklace: vintage, courtesy of my mum – Gold link bracelet: Tommy Hilfiger, old – Patent black court heels: Christian Louboutin Pigalle, found here

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