So I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog so far this year. So much has been happening and I wanted to make sure things were in place before I shared the news.
Firstly, I moved from the UK back to the Seattle area in December, where I’m originally from. This city has changed a lot from when I lived here previously and I’m so thrilled to be back, seeing it with fresh eyes.
A huge part of my motivation for moving here was the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington, which I had been researching for over a year. And now I’m pleased to say that I have been accepted into the program; the degree I’m pursing is Master of Communications in Digital Media, and I actually just finished up my first quarter last week. I couldn’t be happier…my studies are engaging and stimulating, and I’ve had the chance to use my photography in new ways. As for my business, photography will continue to be my livelihood and my passion. I can already tell my studies are changing the way I approach visual storytelling and it’s incredibly exciting to think about how much I will learn by the time graduation nears.
So what have I been working on?
One of my most recent projects was a little film I put together while working with Pet Partners, a non-profit that provides certification and training for Animal-Assisted TherapyDogs. I had the privilege of attending several training and therapy sessions and learned a ton about how much these animals add to patients’ lives. My aim was to show what Animal-Assisted Therapy is, the kind of impact these dogs have, and what it takes to get your pet certified.
If you have a couple minutes please take a peek (and watch in HD)!
Last week we had one of the most rewarding photo shoots and I can’t wait to share the details and images from the day. But first let me tell you about some particularly exciting news.
I submitted some of our final images to VOGUE Italia Online and so far two of them have been accepted! Once they are approved you are given a portfolio to keep your images. Apparently the guidelines are quite strict, as their editors assess each photo one by one, and only accept the images that are of a certain standard. If yours is particularly good it gets picked for photo of the day and then the top images are published in print in VOGUE Italia’s magazine.
We’re in great company, as some of the talent on VOGUEItalia’s site is mind-blowing. I think our team is up for the challenge though, and hopefully these two images are the start of many more to be published.
I’ll be writing about the shoot in greater detail later this week so please check back!
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”.
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?
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?
For more information on this project, please check out my previous posts, as well as my website.
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!
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.
Please click on the link to watch behind-the-scenes and outcome photos from the shoot.
This is behind-the-scenes footage from our 60’s Inspired Vintage Bus Shoot shot in early March 2014 by Alexandra Gunnoe at the West of England Transportation Collection in Winkleigh, Devon (UK). This was the first in a series of 11 Vintage Fashion shoots featuring these gorgeous old buses from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, beautifully restored and provided by Dan Shears, Proprieter at the WETC. This particular bus is a 1959 Leyland PD3, Weymann body double decker.
I recently wrote a blog about an old, abandoned lookout tower I stumbled upon in 2014. Apparently it dates back to WWII and I just found it to be so overwhelmingly inspiring. I wanted to do a fashion photography shoot there ever since first spying it from the road and I finally got my chance.
Around the same time I wrote that blog, I met a girl on a bus who would later become my fashion model inside that building. She had never modeled before but you would never know it, she was so professional and her instincts were right on. When I met her I was a Seattle photographer getting lost in the middle of the UK countryside. I didn’t even have a card on me and was surprised when Brooke gave me a call, as I had hurriedly scribbled my information on a scrap of paper before getting off the bus.
For anyone interested, I used natural light (obviously) plus a soft box on a 430EXII flash.
*To view a slideshow of our session with more photos, please click on this link:
Life has been so inspiring lately, and I can’t wait to tell you about an upcoming project that I’m taking on. Starting very soon, I’m photographing 10 fashion shoots featuring beautiful vintage vehicles from the West of England Transportation Collection. The owner, Colin Shears, started collecting vintage buses in the 1960’s, and now they have hundreds of beautiful vehicles housed in their country hangar.
I immediately contacted Colin’s son, Dan, the proprietor of the WETC, to see if he would be interested in collaborating. Surprisingly enough he was very interested and has been extremely generous with his time. The WETC restores an astonishing number of buses and it’s a real playground for a photographer like me. I took a tour of the facility recently and the ideas were just flowing. As far as our creative team goes, so far I’ve found a stylist and am holding castings for hair, make-up and models. My budget isn’t huge but I’m making it work. This isn’t one of those projects that you do for money, but passion, and I am absolutely positive we’re going to come out with some incredible images. For a Seattle photographer like me, England has really provided some amazing inspiration. I’m doing some location scouting right now and there are just so many viable options, it’s amazing. The whole project is an incredible amount of work, but the kind that doesn’t actually feel like work.
I can’t wait to get started and document my experience! What do you think?
Photos taken by Alexandra Gunnoe and Dan Shears. Alexandra Gunnoe Photography
I am not one of those photographers who shoots infants in elaborate sets and all dolled up. I have no problem with that type of photography; in fact, I follow the work of some photographers who really do it well. When I shoot my own child, I prefer a more natural feel that captures life in the moment. That being said, I couldn’t resist staging this photo just a little on my bed. She was very patient for a baby and it was fun to get into the spirit of Valentines Day just a bit.
Happy Valentines Day from our family to yours!Alexandra Gunnoe at Alexandra Gunnoe Photography