Fashion Editorial featured in Somerset Life by Alexandra Gunnoe

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I was so pleased to open my mail and find a copy of Somerset Life Magazine featuring our fashion editorial from the shoot in Quantock Hills, Somerset.

Please click here for the back story.

And for those of you who would like to pre-order a calendar for the
*** Sale Price *** of 10 GBP + Shipping, please contact me .

For more information on the Calendar, click here

And finally, here are the images featured in Somerset Life:

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“New Behind-the-Scenes Video Up on Youtube” by Alexandra Gunnoe

I haven’t posted a Behind-the-Scenes video in awhile so I quickly put this one together from our last 30’s Inspired Vintage Picnic Shoot in Bideford Devon. You can read all about it here.

To see other Behind-the-Scenes videos please visit my website http://alexandragunnoe.com. I’ve created a section for my favorite BTS films and plan on adding more over the next couple months. Oh, and please watch in HD!

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“Smooth Sailing (30’s Picnic Fashion Shoot)” by Alexandra Gunnoe

Wow, I can’t say enough good things about our last shoot. It was one of those times when everything just came together and things almost felt too easy. I try to prepare myself for one or two things going wrong so when they inevitably do, I don’t freak out. When all goes smoothly I’m a little surprised.

Being our sixth Vintage Bus Shoot, it’s nice to feel like you know what to expect and what you’re doing. I realize that by writing this I now open myself up to all sorts of challenges in the remaining shoots. But when you have a really good one, you should celebrate it, right? And the icing on the cake is that two of the images from this shoot were published on “VOGUE Italia” Online. I wrote a little bit about that in my last post here.

Instead of shooting in Winkleigh, near the hangar where the buses live, we ventured out to Bideford and shot at the home of Dan Shears, Proprietor of the West of England Transportation Collection. He lives in a beautiful house right on the river with breathtaking views from all windows. Not a bad place to spend the day. Thinking it would be nice to change it up from strictly shooting buses, Dan suggested we photograph his beautiful 1927 Austin 12 seater Charabanc. The automobile has no interior, and currently lacks brakes, so it was important to set it up in the right place. In other shoots, I’ve sometimes been finicky about the placement of the buses as the light changed. Luckily Dan had it set up in the perfect place before I arrived.

My fabulous stylist, Kate Sly from Fashion Farmer, picked out beautiful dresses from the 1930’s. Apparently it is a bit difficult to find fashion from the 30’s and we were lucky with the three she was able to find and style. They fit our model, Nicole de’Gabrielle very well, and with her classic features, she slid into the era perfectly. Nicole tells me she is new to modeling, but you’d never know it. She brought a natural grace and elegance to her poses that was easy to work and I’d highly recommend her to any other photographers. Trude Bosence returned for her second Vintage Bus Shoot with us and did an amazing job perfecting the look with fabulous makeup and hair styling. Trude, Kate and I had all worked together before, and Trude and Nicole had previously collaborated, so we knew what to expect from each other.

Kate even brought her dog, Lennon, to participate.  You always hear about the challenges of shooting with animals, but Lennon was so good and did exactly was he was told. Oh yeah, and the weather was perfect. Six shoots in and we’ve not seen rain yet. Too good to be true? Hopefully not. Anyway, here is what we came up with. And if you want to see the two photos published on “VOGUE Italia“, please visit their site here.

To see more images from this project, please visit the Fashion Gallery on my website:

http://alexandragunnoe.com  I’ve recently changed up the design and photos in my portfolio.

CREDITS:

Model: Nicole de’Gabrielle

Stylist: Kate Sly at Fashion Farmer

MUA & Hair Stylist: Trude Bosence

Proprietor of the West of England TransportationCollection: Dan Shears

Photographer: Alexandra Gunnoe

Wardrobe Provided by: Vintage Tramp and Hay Does Vintage

 

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“Grease is the Word” by Alexandra Gunnoe

Our latest shoot was a lot of fun and was especially important because it marked the half-way point for The Vintage Bus Project. I love working with models I’ve previously had a good experience with, and that was the case when shooting Brooke for this Grease / 50’s Youth Culture shoot. 

I met Brooke a few months ago on a bus in the middle of the country. I knew I had to photograph her and scheduled a test shoot at an abandoned control tower from WWII in Winkleigh, Devon. That session produced one of my all-time favorite images in my portfolio. We had great chemistry so I immediately booked her for one of the bus shoots.

Here are some of my favorite images from the day. Isn’t the bus funky? I love it.

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CREDITS:

Model:  Brooke Cummings
Stylist:  Kate Sly at Fashion Farmer
Hair & MUA:  Connie Dinnage
Proprietor of the West of England Transportation Collection:  Dan Shears
Photographer:  Alexandra Gunnoe
Wardrobe Provided by Vintage Tramp and Hay Does Vintage

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“Jalopnik Article” by Alexandra Gunnoe

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So pleased to share this bit of press we received! I’m a few days late with the news but this weekend has been jam-packed with work and shoots. Los Angeles-based writer, Jason Torchinsky, put together this article for us on Jalopnik detailing The Vintage Bus Project

http://jalopnik.com/its-friday-so-lets-look-at-some-pretty-girls-and-old-b-1570955497/all

I hadn’t previously publicized the intent to turn these fashion shoots into a 2015 calendar but now you know! We anticipate finishing the project in August and the calendar will be available for pre-sale in early September, hard copies available shortly after. Then on the 5th of October 2014 we will be selling the calendars at the West of EnglandTransportation Collection’s Open Day, a time when thousands come from all over England to view the incredible collection of vintage buses.

For more information on this project and calendar, please visit my website:

http://alexandragunnoe.com

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“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.

Youtube Video

 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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