Busy Busy by Alexandra Gunnoe

I know this blog is kind of a cop out and my excuse is that I’m really, really, really busy.  Beyond busy.  I’m suddenly moving to Bristol in the next few weeks and my daughter needs surgery, both related.  So instead of writing detailed accounts of our last two shoots, for now I will just post some of my favorite photos from them.  Both were a lot of fun and I got some images that will really complement our Calendar, which should be ready at the beginning of September. 

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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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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

Alexandra Gunnoe Photography

 

 

“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!

 

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60’s Vintage Fashion Shoot (Behind-the-Scenes) by Alexandra Gunnoe Photography

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.