by Derek Adams Published 01/08/2013
It began with a casting call posted on a photographers'/models'/ make-up artists' networking site, 'photographer wanted for a week-long dress shoot in France, with four models TF (time for prints). Must have valid passport.
Travel, accommodation and food provided.' TF, hmmm, something mutually beneficial or someone after something for nothing?
Well I was intrigued enough to make some enquiries.
I replied with an email asking when, where exactly in France and what were the photos to be used for, and included links to my website, facebook page, etc. I received a reply with details of the house to be used for the shoot and accommodation. The reply also said the photos were to be used on a website for a dress hire company that was in the embryo stage.
Cassie and Emily
A few more emails and a phone call later and a meeting had been set up.
I put together a portfolio presentation on my laptop, heavily weighted with previous clothing shoots, plus a few shots from a wide range of other photography including some published work. I met up with Richard Dalton near Cannon Street; he explained that although a keen amateur photographer himself, he needed professional photos to show the dresses off but was working to a strict budget. The week in France was to be part work on his dresses, part personal portfolio stuff for the photographer and the three models who were coming along (also on a TF basis) and part holiday for everyone. He had booked a large house in France for us all to stay in, which had a large garden for shooting in as well as various indoor features that could be used as sets if the weather was inclement.
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