Recently I was part of a very exciting photo shoot for Hound & Hare, an American company who stock some of my favourite British brands. Those brands were Fairfax & Favor, Purdey, Guinea London, Mackenzie & George, Albion and Zulu Cow by Lucy.
The build up
Firstly I contacted all the brands in order to get the items sent to me. An easy enough job but the image of the poor postman struggling up to my front door laden with huge boxes will forever be etched in my memory! Once the items were all here I spent a while looking through all of the gorgeous pieces.
In order to start matching up some outfit ideas! We had leather handbags and silk scarves from Albion, cowhide bags from Zulu Cow by Lucy, a gorgeous button down shirt, shooting cape and gilet from Purdey, fedoras from Mackenzie & George and some stunning fur gilet and puffa coats from Guinea London. Our own Fairfax & Favor boots had to be subbed in for the occasion. Due to a hectic lead up to Christmas for the brand. But this was no negative as we ended up in a rather boggy and muddy part of the woods! The things we do for ‘that picture’ hey!
Behind the scenes
My sister Jasmine from Jasmine Punter Photography came to join us for the day, as well as getting in front of the camera herself! And I think you can agree that the images are stunning! I really love promoting and supporting British brands and think this is something that we really should focus more on. Whether it be clothing, skincare or footwear! And what better way to support British brands than buying from them this Christmas!
The photo shoot took place on our Cotswold farm. The Cotswold stone barns and hedges made for a stunning British backdrop for the photos. We also ventured further into the Cotswolds looking for some local scenery to add use as a stunning backdrop. Not forgetting the local pub ‘The Holford Arms’. Whose seating area by the fire we took over for some more indoorsy/lifestyle pics. Picture ‘just back from a shoot enjoying an afternoon by the fire’ or ‘an impromptu pub lunch with the girls’.
We felt it was very important for the items we had been sent to be photographed in a way you would imagine someone wearing them. Sounds silly but if you’re selling clothing that needs to be worn outside but you’re photographing them inside its not going to do the product justice! And vice versa! Photographing any item in ‘its natural or intended’ environment can be the make or break of a sale! Think, if you want someone to buy your product, they have to be able to imagine themselves in it! And a lifestyle shoot is the perfect way to demonstrate this!
Braving the British weather
Jo and I had a rough plan of what we wanted to wear for the shoot. As both of us regularly venture out to local horsey events, shows and other outdoor pursuits that require a practical yet fashionable outfit – as who knows when you’re going to get that perfect snap for the gram!
The weather on the day was a little hairy. As it typically is at this time of year, but all three of us are used to battling the elements. So we bravely soldiered on and were rewarded with some bright sunshine come the end of the day!
Being part of a photo shoot isn’t all glamour I can tell you that for free! After the shoot the items were all repacked and returned. It was then my time to play postman. And I can tell you that the image of me struggling through Tetbury high street laden with boxes would’ve been enough to bring some hilarity to anyone’s day!!
Thank you to the brands for lending us the items for the shoot, Eric from Hound & Hare for trusting me to bring this collaboration together and my sister Jasmine for her flexibility and bringing it all together. The photos really are stunning and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.