As the hottest days of the year so far hit the beautiful Kent countryside I travelled down to Nurstead Court for another stylised shoot. With the temperature rocketing through the mid twenties it was going to be a hot days work but a totally worthwhile one as this shoot was something a little bit different.
I must confess that as a young boy my favourite soft toy was a Peter Rabbit teddy & I was a massive fan of the books, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to work alongside lots of great suppliers to set up a Peter Rabbit themed Christening Stylised shoot. I always like getting stuck into new & exciting projects that break away from the normal types of work I get.
Now for those of you not in the know, I will briefly explain what these types of shoots are all about. A stylised shoot is where different suppliers are invited along to set up an event, in order for it to be filmed & photographed so that everyones talents can be showcased together & potential clients can see how an event they might be planning could look. Most of the time the aim is to get these shoots into magazines or blogs to maximise the publicity from the event. Its always great as a film maker or photographer to be invited to these events as the pace is normally a bit slower and you get time to set up the shots- unlike a wedding where you get one opportunity, if you miss the shot the shots gone.
It was great to see so many suppliers coming together to support each other and make this shoot work. Plenty of hard work went into the set up by everyone involved and by 10:30am we were ready to start rolling the cameras. I started off doing some product work- capturing close ups of each feature (such as the lollipops by Willow & Boo and the flowers by Floral Explosion for example) which then ensures that i’ve got at least a couple of shots of something from every supplier. Some of the products that had been brought along or made specifically for the shoot were just insane- amazing quality and clearly a lot of thought, time and effort had gone into designing and making these bespoke products.
Cakey Bake had made a Peter Rabbit themed cake which looked stunning nestled in all the flower arrangements around it and it stood on a stunning dressing table that had been provided by Locate To Create who provided all the props for the day (and there was such a variety of them as well!). There were Peter Rabbit themed cookies by Creative Cookies UK & Peter Rabbit themed party bags by Make It Friday, not to mention the stunning catering & ice cream horse box supplied by the lovely girls from Pretty Little Tea Co. If you have ever loved or enjoyed Peter Rabbit you definitely weren’t going to be disappointed!
I’d met Kelsie earlier in the day as i’d parked up (she was the photographer for the day) and it was great to meet someone else who loves life behind a camera and she was clearly very talented in her craft. Photographers and videographers sometimes stray into each others shots- its the nature of the job and if you’ve both seen something good you naturally will end up in the same area trying to capture it. A shoot like this is less stressful as we could always re-shoot and I always find it interesting to watch how other people work and I always try and learn something from every photographer or videographer I meet.
Eventually the kids were finishing up getting ready and had hopped into the outfits that had been provided by H Kids Wear & the girls had had their hair done and of course all of them had a bow from Little Blossom Bows to really set off their look. I let Kelsie do most of the first parts of interaction with the kids- not only did she build up a great rapport with them very quickly but she was also a lot less scary than a 6ft3 giant human with a beard! Once the kids had gotten a bit more used to me and the camera we got them to have a little tea party, I took them for some running shots and we tried to make the next couple of hours as fun for them as we could.
The heat of the day definitely became a challenge and we jumped between shots to give the kids a break so that they could grab some drinks (they were already full on the lovely cakes and cookies they’d been given!). I took the opportunity to take some shots of the fantastic balloon wall created by Poppy from the Glitzy Balloon Company before I had to dive for some shade and grab myself a drink as well!
Next up were the shots of baby Arthur himself with proud Mum & Dad Cazz & Richard. What a little champ Arthur turned out to be! With all the heat, noise and distractions going on it could have been all a bit too much for him but he took it in his stride and we ended up getting some lovely shots of the 3 of them together.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this shoot and its always great to meet and work with so many talented vendors, not to mention turn my hand to something new. New experiences, new connections & networks, and a different style of filming is never a bad thing. Im really happy with the results and I came away with some great films. I must give credit to Kim from My Little Tea Party for the styling and vision from the day and she managed to organise a very well planned and well executed set up and shoot.
You can see a couple of the films below along with some pictures of the day but make sure you check out my YouTube channel as well where you can see plenty more films from me. Ive also listed all the suppliers who worked throughout the day to make the shoot so unique & special, so make sure you check them out (especially if you are thinking of holding an event!). I really hope there are more shoots like this in the future that I get invited along too.
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SUPPLIERS FROM THE SHOOT
(Click on their names to find out more about them)