“The Halfway Mark” by Alexandra Gunnoe

Right now I’m gearing up for a 50’s Youth Culture themed photo shoot with a model, Brooke, I met on a random bus in the middle of the country. I wrote about that meeting in a previous post “Girl on a Bus”

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Can you believe it was her first shoot? She did such an amazing job and I’m excited to get her in front of my camera again. I’m also looking forward to working with a new Hair and Makeup Artist, Connie, as well as Kate from Fashion Farmer and Dan Shears, from the West of England Transportation Collection.  Here’s a mood board I quickly put together this morning.  It’s not pretty or balanced but hopefully you’ll get an idea of what we’re doing.  Aren’t the clothes Kate chose fabulous?Image

Can you believe this will be our 5th vintage bus shoot?  That means we will be halfway done.  And the remaining vehicles are really exciting so the momentum is still building.  I can’t quite figure out what I want to do with this beautiful firetruck.  That one has to be a very special shoot.  What do you think?

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For more information on this project, please check out my previous posts, as well as my website.


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“On a Leyland” Somerset Photo Shoot & Retouching Tutorial by Alexandra Gunnoe

The outcome of this 60’s inspired shoot was one of my favorites. Instead of shooting in Devon, we took the bus out to Quantock Hills, Somerset and photographed our model, Charlotte, there. It was gorgeous, sunny day and the ride in the 1958 Leyland was smooth and enjoyable. I was the only passenger riding in the bus and I have to say, you get a lot of attention driving through England in a vintage automobile. Lots of people wave and honk at you. I felt like a rock star.

The team met up at Kate Sly’s Fashion Farmer styling studio to prep Charlotte for the shoot while Dan, the Proprietor of the West of England Transportation Collection, and I attempted to get the bus to the location. We got stuck along the way due to being too large to pass under a bridge and had to find a new route around to Quantock Hills. From there we faced challenges of low trees and steep hills, but we finally made it and ended up having a very successful shoot.

To enhance the photos, I added a tiny bit of blue to the shadows in Lightroom, in addition to basic colour-correction. For the interior shots, I wanted to recreate that vintage look so I then opened the images in Photoshop and after adjusting the levels, etc. I used two actions I’ve created in the past for these types of shoots. Basically, the light leak actions add a light salmon colour to the highlights and a soft teal to the shadows. I then masked the action away from the model’s face and corrected her skin tone. I always have to edit myself and use only 5-10% opacity on my actions. Too many times I think I have it right, take a step away from the computer and return to see that my image looks over-processed. To bring the detail of the trees back I reduced the exposure of the original image and opened it separately in Photoshop. I then did a rough selection of the windows with the pen tool and pasted it into my new composite. With my opacity and flow set to 30%, I gently brushed the trees back into my image.

Finally, I liquified the model’s dress, dodged and burned, added a soft glow to the interior bus lights and adjusted my curves layer and contrast. Here is an example of one image straight out of camera and then the “after” retouched version. When these vintage bus shoots have been completed I will go back and start adding in-depth retouching tutorials, but if you have any questions, please contact me on my website and I’ll do my best to answer you promptly.

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Back to the shoot… here are some of my favorite images from the day.

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For more information on this ongoing project, please read my first post about The Vintage Bus Project, as well as check out my website http://alexandragunnoe.com

 

CREDITS:

 

Charlotte Iles (Model)

Alexandra Gunnoe (Photographer)

Dan Shears (Proprietor of the WETC)

Kate Sly at Fashion Farmer (Stylist)

Nina Spinks (MUA & Hair Stylist)

All wardrobe provided by: Hay Does Vintage & Vintage Tramp

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“50’s Prom Night Gone Wrong” (Behind-the-Scenes) by Alexandra Gunnoe

Our 50’s Inspired Prom shoot on the 5th of April went so well. There wasn’t much stress involved, as we had all worked together before and I had a great feeling about Charli, our latest model.  Again, this shoot took place at Dan Shears’ West of England Transportation Collection in Winkleigh, Devon. The theme of this project was a prom night gone wrong. It centers around a teenage girl who was so excited to go to prom, only to end up in tears and catching the bus home alone.

Despite the crazy wind, we were able to pull off some great images. I’ve included some of my favorites as well as a behind-the-scenes film showing the creative team prepping the model, deciding on the fashion as well as clips from the actual photo shoot.

And if you get a chance, check out “My Bubba & Mi”, who is credited with the soundtrack for the film. Their music is amazing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F42b3A2poA

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Credits:

 

 

Alexandra Gunnoe (Photographer)

Charli Mardon (Model)

Dan Shears (Proprietor of the WETC)

Kate Sly (Stylist at Fashion Farmer)

Nina Spinks (MUA & Hair Stylist)

 

Wardrobe Provided by: Hay Does Vintage & Vintage Tramp

 

For more information about this project please read some of the back story here. And if you get a chance, please visit my website!

 

http://alexandragunnoe.com

 

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(Behind-the-Scenes and Slideshow) 1940’s / 1950’s Inspired Fashion Shoot by Alexandra Gunnoe

I’ve already written a piece on this shoot but wanted to share a slideshow as well. The original model canceled at the last minute and caused a bit of a panic. Luckily my stylist, Kate Sly, jumped in and saved the day.

 

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Please click on the link to watch behind-the-scenes and outcome photos from the shoot.

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 CREDITS:

 PHOTOGRAPHER: Alexandra Gunnoe

ASSISTANT: Candace Penter

PROPRIETOR OF THE WETC: Dan Shears

MODEL: Kate Sly

STYLIST: Kate Sly

MAKE-UP and HAIR: Nina Spinks

WARDROBE PROVIDED BY: Hay Does Vintage & Vintage Tramp

For more information, please visit my site, http://alexandragunnoe.com

 Thanks!

 

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“When the Model Doesn’t Show Up and You Make it Work” by Alexandra Gunnoe

I knew the first shoot went too well. Everyone was professional, friendly and on time. It set up my expectations for smooth sailing from there on out, but now I know better. Don’t get me wrong, this 1940’s inspired shoot ended up great. But I damn near had a nervous breakdown when I first heard the news.

First off, I know there are stereotypes about models being flakey. I’ve had the fortune to experience mostly otherwise in my past. I feel like if you create an excitement about the shoot and have a genuine bond with those you’re working with (as well as call and/or email them neurotically the week of), they will show up, right? Apparently not. Now remember, the location is in the country, and most models are coming from Bristol or London. So when the model emailed me an hour before the shoot I didn’t have a lot to work with. My fabulous MUA and hair-stylist, Nina Spinks, came all the way from London and she had already arrived to the location when I found out the bad news. So I obviously couldn’t cancel, that would be messed up.

Let me also mention that I had just returned from Seattle the night before. It took me 21 hours to get home and I wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders. My first instinct was panic. I sat with that for a few minutes while I listened to suggestions like shoot myself, acting as photographer and model. Can you imagine? I hadn’t worked with Nina before and she might think she came all the way from London for me to shoot my own vanity project, getting my hair and makeup done, dressing up and running around posing and composing like a crazy person. Not to mention, I didn’t fit the theme and still had 10lbs of baby weight to lose. So no, that clearly wouldn’t work; I wouldn’t even consider it.

Luckily my amazing stylist, Kate Sly at Fashion Farmer is 5’10, has beautiful, classic features and was willing to jump in and act as the model. Not only did she pick out amazing clothes, she also fit the look I was going for perfectly. Check out some of the photos we achieved below. And a big thank you to Candace Penter, who is a student at Exeter College. She came to shadow makeup and hair (and will be working with us on a future shoot), as well as assisted me on the photography side of things. Also, thank you to Dan Shears, who is the proprietor of the West of England Transportation Collection. Without his support none of this would be possible.

So what should I do in the future? Probably book two models, but I’m hesitant to do that for every shoot. My strategy right now is to email and call my models in a way that borders on harassment, though I feel like I might be setting myself up for failure.. I’ll have to have a long think about it. No time now, the next shoot is this Saturday. But it’s comforting to know Kate will be there every time. I will be sure to let you know how it goes. And if you have any thoughts, suggestions are happily welcomed.

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