Nas and Clarke
Thursday 17th August
Just like buses, you wait months to do a photo shoot and then you get two on consecutive days. This shoot was again going to be with Nas and a friend of hers called Clarke who I had met on several occasions, but did not know he was a photographer.
We had planned the date several times and either Nas or Clarke pulled out, the shoot was going to be on Friday then Clarke postponed and I made alternative arrangements and trimmed my nails after getting home from the Magazine shoot. However about 11am next morning Nas rang me at work and told me that Clarke was free that night and could I make it. As my clothes from the previous day were still in Nas’s car I agreed to do the shoot that night.
Nas gave me directions as where I had to meet them in the evening, but unfortunately Nas’s directions were somewhat out, or rather the name of the hairdressers she gave me was completely different that the real actual name. After walking up and down Charlotte Street for about 10 minutes and making a few phone calls to Nas I eventually found the hairdressers and I met Brian who was going to be doing my hair and was going to be taking some of the pictures. Eventually only 30 minutes or so late Nas and Clarke turned up and we were ready to start getting ready.
Whilst Clarke and Brian went to work setting up the cameras and lights and all the other techy stuff, Nas got on with my make up, as she had only made me up the day before she knew exactly what sort of image she wanted and I was happy to let her get on with it. I was allowed to have the occasional input on eye colour and lip colour. After we had finished the make up we looked at the clothes and decided in which order we were going to do the looks, between us we decided we were going to start off with a simple black outfit. By this time the guys had got all the cameras set up. Brian then did my hair in a very straight style, but which would allow a lot of movement and we were then ready to start shooting.
My first outfit was a short black skirt which is slightly scrunched at the sides, with this I had a black v neck top, together with my black roman type sandals and a wide belt around my waist. Nas had put the black and silver jewellery on me. We started off with Brian behind the camera and he told me to be as moody or smiley as I wanted to be, which was great with me. I think I managed to get in one or two smiles, but basically just stood their and followed his directions, like look here, look there, head up etc. It was then Clarke’s turn to take the pictures and he wanted to create a different look he wanted the feeling of movement, so whilst he was taking the pictures Brian was standing close to me just out of shot with a hairdryer aimed at my hair so it created the desired movement. It was quite difficult to try and concrete looking at the camera with a guy so close to me aiming a hairdryer at me, but we managed to through it. Once Brian, Clarke and Nas were happy with the results it was time to change into the second outfit.
The second outfit was a ¾ length brown dress with flowers on it, teamed up with chocolate brown suede shoes, and some different jewellery. Brian also made an adjustment to my hair instead of it being straight this time he put it into a pony tail. Also whilst I was getting changed Brian and Clarke had nipped out to the pub close by and had came back with drinks for us all, I kept with my ladylike image and went for a glass of red wine rather than a pint . We actually used the wine glass in some of the shots. By this time I was getting used to the poses the guys were looking for and was able to adapt a lot easier, although it was interesting to watch there contrasting styles from my side of the camera. Brian seemed to just get me to move my head and follow his hands whilst Clarke wanted more movement from me. Once again the hair dryer came into play and Nas was given the job, however this time she was blowing cold up my dress, I think she was trying to blow my dress up to catch my knickers on film, but the hair dryer was not powerful enough. Nice try Nas.
The final outfit was a grey/blue top with jeans and leopard print shoes, Clarke and Brian decided that they wanted to take these pictures up against the wall, which had a great patterned wall paper on it. Nas also decided that she wanted to completely load me up with as much jewellery as possible and I think I had almost every silver bracelet, ring and necklace I own on me. The first few pictures were taken standing up or leaning against the wall, but the guys decided that they wanted to try something different and so they got me to sit on the stairs. This made it much easier for me to pose and I was finally able to relax more and the guys were able to get some really good shots.
After these shots were finished we had a quick drink before it was time to start packing away my clothes and change back into my suit for the drive home. Nas had driven into town and she gave me a lift back to Clarke’s house who agreed to drop this sleepy girl home.