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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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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The Vintage Bus Project: 1960’s Fashion Shoot_Day 1, Part 2 (The Outcome) by Alexandra Gunnoe

My last post about this 1960’s- inspired fashion shoot was quite text heavy so for all the dirty details, please revisit it here.
Since you have most of the back story I will let the photos do the talking this time.

Model: MorganDun-Campbell
Stylist: Fashion Farmer (Kate Sly)
Wardrobe Provided by: Vintage Tramp & Hay Does Vintage
MUA: Nicola Redman
Artistic/BUS Coordinator: Dan Shears
Hair Stylist: Trude Bosence Photographer: Alexandra Gunnoe at Alexandra Gunnoe Photography 
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Preparing for a Fashion Shoot (and the Importance of Mood Boards) by Alexandra Gunnoe

Right now I’m in the middle of preparing for 11 separate fashion shoots featuring theses gorgeous vintage buses from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  For more information on this project please read my previous blog “The Vintage Bus Project”.  It’s a lot of juggling, and in an effort to stay organised I’m trying to focus on a few shoots at a time so it doesn’t all catch up with me later.

As of today, I have held castings for models, hair stylists and makeup artists for the first four shoots, and I am lucky to have found an amazing stylist, Kate Sly, of Fashion Farmer who is pulling looks for the entire project.   Most of my recent days have been spent emailing my creative team (soooo many emails), deciding on locations and trying to make sense of everything by creating excel sheets and mood boards.  I haven’t been the most organised person in my past and I’m trying out this system, which seems to be working for me so far.  I feel very, very busy but I’m not overwhelmed, which is a good place to be.

The first shoot will be a 60’s theme and we’ve built the concept around this beautiful 1959 yellow double-decker.  Hopefully you can see from my mood board what I want to get from the shoot.   My mood boards aren’t too fancy or elaborate in execution but they get the point across.  Our model, Morgan, fits the theme perfectly and the wardrobe Kate has pulled is more than amazing.  I now feel confident everyone involved is on the same page.

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Here are two more mood boards for the 2nd and 3rd shoot, which are a 40’s and 50’s theme, respectively.

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And Kate’s efforts deserve their own photos, as I couldn’t be happier with what she has chosen for our first shoot.

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Not long now, we start shooting in a week!

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My Photography Slideshows by Alexandra Gunnoe

Okay so not too long ago I created a few slidewshows on my Alexandra Gunnoe Photography Youtube and Vimeo channels to show some of my recent collections (Wedding Photography, Fashion, Beauty and Baby)

Please Check them Out!

Fashion & Portrait Session with Brooke” by Alexandra Gunnoe

Wedding Photography” by Alexandra Gunnoe

UK Asian Wedding Photography” by Alexandra Gunnoe

Newborn & Baby Photography” by Alexandra Gunnoe

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