Last week was probably one of the most eventful weeks I've ever had. I started the week by passing my driving test. I'm 33 so I decided it was time to learn to drive so people would stop looking at me like I'm a weirdo.
This however was an non event compared to what was to come mid week with my first ever professional photo shoot for Wedding And Gems. Usually I do my own photography but I find trying to capture the sparkle of Swarovski crystal really difficult. Plus I wanted to be able to show people what my creations look like when they're being worn. So I contacted Luke from Luke Richards Photography and he arrange for the lovely Carla Monaco to model.
I intended to take my own camera to the shoot to show you some behind the scenes photos but I actually forgot the camera. Duhhh!
I know we've probably all caught the odd episode of America's Top Model and have a rough idea of how photographers and models work together to create amazing images, but to see that close up and to actually have some input was pretty awesome. I really did feel honoured to be part of that creative process.
Seeing my handmade bridal accessories being worn (and worn so well) really made me see my creations in a brand new light. Normally I just see them as an object, nothing more than the raw materials and invested time but on the model, they became something else, something that I could be really proud of.
I'm still looking through the hundreds of photos I received from Luke and a week later I'm still looking at them in awe. I really couldn't have found a better photographer or model. I think I declared things as "perfect" a number of times and it was one of those days that I'll look back on in years to come and still have a big silly grin plastered to my face.
Carla is really as beautiful as she looks. She's really down to earth, friendly and easy to chat to. It was a pleasure to meet her. I've focused a lot on Carla in this blog post but Luke deserves a mention too. He was easy and fun to work with. No hidden extras and no fuss. I don't have a photo of Luke to share, so I'll link to his website instead. Luke Richards Photography