If you read this post then you will know that Adam and I’s plans for Rock My Wedding and the growth/expansions are well under way, and we hope to create a successful, innovative and constantly evolving business that inspires our readers and generally y’know…..brings joy.
If you had a butchers at Adam’s London Love post yesterday then you will have seen that a few weeks ago we joined forces with Lomography.com to style a shoot using various retro camera equipment. Usually I would probably conclude a Behind-The-Scenes type post with the video but today I thought we would start with it instead – just for variety and so you can see what happens on a typical Friday at RMW HQ…
We work very very hard…. HONEST.
The amazing videography skills are courtesy of non other than Simon Clarke (he also does weddings!) and the out-takes are as long as the actual film so you make need to grab yourself a cuppa and have a good six minutes or so to spare.
The first song is by the mighty Beatles and the second is entitled “Good Year” and is a firm favourite with Team RMW and the #Birminghammassive. It was written and performed by Richard Allman-Brown, singer/songwriter and dark brooding model type. Also known as the other half to the spectacularly beautiful Natasha, she who was one of the winners of the Lomography.com competition and has amazing long thick wavy hair. Oh and rocks a feather crown to perfection.
So enjoy the show folks….and afterwards I’ll give you a bit more information on what make-up we used and where you can buy the cool accessories and stuff.
So far it has definitely been a very good year 😉
So then, the beauty bit.
In The Beauty Bag
The make-up looks were created by Melissa aka my little (but taller – she has way longer legs than me…) sister.
For each of the four girls the products, colours and application techniques were different to ensure a significant nod to the correct “era” as it were.
Lucie was our 80’s chick, all splashes of Neon and boxy leather jacket. Melissa created a flawless base using Illamasqua Skin Base foundation and powder and added a sweep of bright pink blush: the new and fabulous Nars Gaiety.
For pretty but colour pop eyes Melissa swept MAC Bitter shadow all over the lid, an uber cool green/yellow and finished with a fine winged line of Bobbi Browns long-wear gel liner in black ink and a few coats of mascara.
For daring (but soft) lips Melissa applied a very light coat of the neon pink Mac Viva Glam Nicki lipstick (Nicki Minja’s own shade that has recently been added to the range).
Lucie’s flouro stud earrings and stack rings were a recent buy from Aldo.
Natasha was our 70’s model, all loose beachy boho hair and pale pout. In stylist Lauren’s prop box was not only this disco-esque lilac fur trimmed gilet but also a vintage Marni coat…..I know. There was some serious fighting over that going on.
The feather headdress was a random purchase of mine from Zara however, you can currently find similar at Topshop.
Natasha doesn’t (by her own admission) wear many cosmetics so Melissa created a natural base using Liz Earle Skin Tint (a tinted moisturiser) and a light dusting of translucent powder.
For peepers Melissa applied semi-permanent individual false lashes for an is she/isn’t she? flutter and a barely-there champagne shadow all over the lid.
Rose and her friend Emily were channeling the 50’s, Emily working a more stereotypical housewife look and Rose going for something altogether more sexy and mysterious.
It amazes me how these young girls have such awesome wardrobes – the majority of their outfits were their own, including the glamorous leopard print fur coat.
For Emily a flawless matt base was created using Illamasqua Skin Base foundation applied with a brush and a generous sweeping of translucent powder.
Eyes were feminine with a layer of MAC ivory frost shadow as a base, a violet gel eyeliner (MAC Micro-violet) and false strip lashes – Melissa used a pair by Ardell. Lips were kept kissable and shine free by applying MAC Please Me lipstick using a fine brush.
Rose’s perfect base was created using a combination of Chanel Pro-Lumiere foundation and YSL touché Eclat to hide dark shadows. Rose’s eyes were made dark and smoky with Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Denim Ink and Silver Ring eyeshadow and false lashes by MAC.
Rose’s natural glossy lip was a quick slick of NARS lip laquer in Baby Doll.
Posing And Not Feeling Like An Idiot
I don’t know anyone (unless you are a fully fledged model I guess) who feels 100% confident in front of the camera. Especially in situations like our Retro shoot where you’ve got several stylists and photographers in your face as well as what feels like the whole of London gawping at you and wondering what the hell it is you are actually doing.
If we (and by we I mean Rock My Wedding) are going to continue organising this type of styled shoot with real people then we need to get experienced at direction, making our subjects feel comfortable and making sure everyone has a great time whilst making sure the results are amazing.
I would say initially our most nervous couple were Mikey and Lucie although I don’t think you would ever tell (they positively exude that edgy cool don’t they? standing next to them I felt a little bit like someone’s Nan). This apparent apprehension was quickly removed by making them laugh, telling them they looked super (they did) and in some cases being really specific about the image you wanted to create.
This was basically me saying “look at her, look at her like you look at her when you think I love this girl more than anything in the whole wide world….” and then pulling a stupid face (all that seriousness needs to be counteracted with a bit of silly you see)
It got me thinking about engagement shoots actually, and (at least in my humble opinion) how useful they can be – to find your comfort zone, your “best” side and in general just having a bit of practice at being centre of attention.
As far as styling and props go I’m all for this sort of thing for an E-session, and when I say “this sort of thing” I mean something you and your significant other are genuinely interested in.
In the case of Mikey and Lucie, Natasha and Richard and Rose and Emily they were all huge fans of lomography as well as their wardrobes (in real life!) swaying towards a certain era of fashion.
I guess what I’m saying is it will come across as more natural and altogether belivable if your engagement session is styled using elements of your every-day life, be it eating cupcakes in a cafe, reading endless chick-lit in your local library or just wandering the streets of your hometown enjoying a day of shopping and seeing the sights.
There are quite a few folk we would like to say a rather large thank-you to for making our Friday in the big smoke a super one, so please join me in doing a huge happy dance for the following:
Videographer – Simon Clarke
Stylist – Lauren at Grace and Gable
Make-Up Artist – Melissa Greening
Lender Of Awesome Lomography Cameras – Heidi Mace
SO then lovelies, do you have a styled E-session organised? considering one?
Is there one particular era of fashion that takes your fancy?
Thinking of trying a neon/70’s or housewife type make-up look?
Big Behind The Scenes Love
P.S If you liked the “Good Year” track you can see more of Allman-Brown here and there are also a few more photographs from the shoot over on Ann-Kathrin Koch’s blog for you to enjoy. And now having seen the behind the scenes footage, you may want to revisit Adam’s Lomography Love In London post from yesterday.