Wednesday, 10 December 2014

3 days of Christmas. In June. - Help for Heroes Christmas 2014

Christmas is really all around us by now and I have a confession to make - this will be my second one this year. Photography yet again proves itself to be a great profession - I celebrated my first Christmas of the year in June at the Help for Heroes catalogue shoot.
You may recall my previous collaborations with Thirdberg Productions for Help for Heroes. They almost feel like great weekends away with fantastic locations, the beautiful outdoors and plenty of fun. All for a great cause. This time was no different. We gathered the team once more and headed for the Sussex coast to capture that cozy wintery feel in what turned out to be one of the hottest summers the UK has had in years.
Pretending it’s winter in June is easy on the photographer but it is hard not to feel for the models all wrapped up in chunky knits in 30 degree heat. And then of course there were the Christmas jumpers - H4H’s Christmas jumper collection is too good not to be included in their clothing catalogue for Autumn/Winter. This meant that we made one of the shoot days “Christmas”. We decorated the location house, lit the fire and adorned the room with tinsel and Christmas cards. We had Christmas carols playing and if it wasn’t for the fact that we were at work mulled wine would have been rather fitting. The only difference being that when we wrapped up I celebrated the end of the shoot with a swim in the sea. What better way to finish off?

The Help for Heroes winter clothing catalogue is out now and the items can also be bought online. Beyond containing some fabulous gift ideas it is a great way to support a charity whose work changes lives for so many of our servicemen.

Thanks so much to the amazing team who worked on  the shoot:

Production: Thirdberg
Digi-tech and assistant: Phil Hardman
Make Up: Nina Sagri
Help for Heroes: Tanya, Helen and Lauren
Art Direction: Gary Bigwood
Male Model: James Lawson @ Mustard
Female Model: Alana Wallace @ BMA


And here is just a little clip to give you an idea of what really goes on during these shoots:

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