Sunday saw a cake-fest at the studio. A gathering of ladies and gentleman that desire to bring back the art, skill and knowledge of baking and enjoy the eating of cake! What could be better than a lazy afternoon, chatting over dainty vintage cups and saucers brimming with tea and pretty tea plates laden with a slice of every cake that each of the club members brought with them? Oh, and taking a few photos of the creations. In a previous life, before children, I was a regular baker of cakes and puddings, especially trialling them out for my patients in my days as a state registered Dietitian in the NHS. I am now inspired to get back to my oven, something my 6 ft teenage sons will be very happy about!
A big cake was top of photographer Jude Gidney’s list for celebrations to mark a decade in business. But creative Jude never planned to serve the cake. Instead she used it for a fun cake smash photoshoot.
“Anyone can cut a cake,” laughed the Greenfield-based weddings and portrait photographer. “I wanted to do something that was a little bit different and a lot of fun.” Jude’s more than willing models were the two children of her studio’s resident makeup artist, Lisa Marie Gee. The cake, a beautiful blue giant cupcake, was supplied by Karen Lambert, of Saddleworth Bakehouse.
The three mums, who each run their own business, met via social media and regularly collaborate on vintage style hen parties at Jude’s studio at Tanners Business Centre. The parties have gone from strength to strength since Jude moved from smaller premises in Mossley last September. “We have more than double the space here, so we are able to do so much more,” explained Jude. “We have several different sets and much more space for parties.”
Jude, a former NHS dietician, turned a lifelong passion into a business in April 2003, working from a studio at her Uppermill home. Since then she has photographed countless weddings, worked with a number of celebrity clients and won a stack of photography industry awards. Last year she and Lisa were both finalists in the Vintage Manchester awards, less than a year after launching the vintage arm of their business.
By contrast, Karen has recently celebrated her first year in business. A lifelong baker, she was persuaded to go professional by her husband, Inspiral Carpets’ guitarist, Graham Lambert. Her client list already ranges from local families to international rock bands. She recently supplied cakes for The Killers before their Manchester Arena gig.
“I have never had a request like this one before though,” said Karen. “It is certainly an unusual way to publicise my business. I flinched a little when I saw my hard work being destroyed, but it was a lot of fun.”
Many thanks to Lisa Marie Gee for the editorial and lending her children for the shoot.
Cath’s reasons for having tattoos is to make herself individual and for the shock factor. She came to model for me after I decided on two lady models from interest from a few ladies. When she walked in the door she looked amazing – even before she changed into the dresses she’d brought with her. Bright red hair that complimented her whole look totally.
Her tattoos are of a variety, one of them by Matt Web who is new comer tattooist of the year. He tattooed two owls on her leg ready for “just married” to be written underneath after She gets married to her fiance Tom. She has a lilac bowed butterfly also on her leg that represents Fibromyalgia support, the cause that she is greatly involved with as she has suffered with Fibromyalgia for a number of years now. The butterfly tattoo was drawn at the Doncaster tattoo jam last year.
Tom also kindly posed for a few photos of them together.
Here are her images – such a fun model to work with. Thanks Cath!
This work was undertaken as Lipgloss and Lenses – this is a blog post covering the Photography aspects of the shoot.
I’ve recently undertaken a new project following a desire I have had to produce a set of images that fit into an image of a photograph I have in my head, and for the life of me can’t find in any of my books or publications. I’m beginning to think it was a dream. The image was of the back view of a model sitting in a basque on a plinth with sheets draped around her , in black and white, an image that was taken in the 1930’s.
I’ve researched and searched for similar images, studied the lighting and poses. I organised for two lovely models to pose for me, one dark and the other fairer in complexion and colouring.
I set up the studio with a key light to the left of the set, fill light to the left and with hair light / overhead light set to mimic a ceiling light. In some of the images I also used two lights to light the background to give a more ethereal look to the images.
Using both Nikon D200 and Nikon D7000 and fixed lenses Nikor 50mm 1.8 and Nikor 80mm 1.8 to add to the sharpness and depth of field of the images.
Lisa made up both the girls in a Vintage inspired manner. The models either brought their own basques to ensure good fitting or kindly begged and borrowed from Kiku Boutique.
Here are a few of the original images:
Now on working with the girls, we decided to try making the images look a little more aged, similar to the images that a lot of camera phone users are used to seeing, the the plethora of apps available for in camera alterations. Although going against the ‘rule’s of photography the model’s were very pleased with the end result. Hey, aren’t rules there for breaking?!
I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on which you prefer and why. All comments appreciated. Thanks.
Here are the same images but with the Vintage treatment performed in aperture:
Sunday saw the studio full of quality exhibitors and visitors celebrating the opening of the new Jude Gidney Photography studio. The business is soon to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, with a previous studio at the Woodend Mill in Mossley. Demand has pushed the need to move to larger and more accessible premises at the Tanner’s Business Centre in Greenfield.
And what a celebration it was!
A few supportive Saddleworth Vintage businesses exhibited and sold their gifts and products, including Saddleworth Bakehouse ( Karen Lambert) Agent Showcase ( Samantha Mills), Saddleworth Shindigs ( Chris and Mandy Beck), MWL Designs ( Katherine Brookes), Restor8 Design Solutions ( Symon Randall), Style and Salvaged ( Emma Givvons), the Memory Lane Calendar and of course Pamper and Pose ( Lisa Gee) and Lipgloss and Lenses ( Lisa and myself). Thanks also goes to Greefield Brewery and their display and tasters and the odd pint of Ale and Stout, Ravenstone Event and Function Caterers and Professional Bar Services (Paul Benton) .
We also had two young models wearing The Vanity Project Dresses – Limb, using a set loaned very kindly by Saddleworth Shindigs.
A selection of images from the day:
You are invited to have a sneak at the new Jude Gidney Photography Studio and find out more about what we’ve been up to.
As part of the opening I have organised for a number of small local businesses, from the collaborative Saddleworth Vintage, to also help celebrate the occasion, including My Wonderful Little Designs Handmade Cards, SJM Designs Jewellery, Anita Mistry and bespoke jewellery and albums, Saddleworth Shindigs exhibiting Vintage paraphernalia, Lipgloss and Lenses, Restorate Design, exhibiting restoration of photographs, Ravenstone Catering and Saddleworth Bake Cakes. You will also be able to pick up a copy of the Memory Lane Calendar.
Come and raise a glass to the new studio – and come and see what the fuss has been about our new feature wall.
Sunday 2nd December, 11am -4pm.
Unti 2, Waterside Mills, Tanners Business Centre, Greenfield. OL3 7NH
Earlier this year I was involved in taking photographs for a Charity Calendar to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. It was part of a project organised by a young lady, Laura Norrey, that regularly models for me, as a tribute to her Grandmother whom she sadly lost to the disease during the run of the project.
Myself and another Photographer, Terry McNamara, took alternate months and recreated/took photographs that were inspired by Cheesecake images depicting Pin-Up girls from the 1940s and 50’s. Our models were ladies from Laura’s Burlesque troop Blush. Make-up for my models was performed by Lisa Gee, props and a few venues donated by a range of helpful local businesses and puppy my own.
The end result is a beautiful classic Calendar designed and printing organised by Graphic Designer Simon Clarke.
Please put your hand in your pocket and buy just one calendar for a very worthy cause – or two or three as they make great gifts for Christmas. I’m hoping they may even top the Pirelli Calendar in garages over the country this year 😉 BUY A CALENDAR HERE – it’s also Laura’s own site that is definitely worth a browse.
Here are the resulting images that I produced.
I’ve just finished designing the album pages for a Wedding at the Deanwater Hotel in Woodford, near Knutsford, Manchester. The Wedding was held on a beautiful day, with sunshine all the way up until just after the speeches. Thankfully most of the important images the Bride and Groom wanted to capture were able to be taken outside in the gardens. There truly was a lovely atmosphere to the day with the Groom keeping most of the Wedding Party in stitches most of the time. The Bride wore a beautiful lace dress with veil, the Groom in navy blue. The Bride kept her flowers simple just creamy roses. She had 4 bridesmaids and the Groom a single bestman.
Here are a few of the images of the couple from the day – I aimed to keep them natural and romantic, perfect considering the gentle and soft pasture at the bottom of the gardens.
Just a few pics, all taken on my iphone, of moving day and the location of the new studio. First images of the Business Park enterance, then of the new studio just on the Visitor’s Carpark. New Carpet , Wellies on all day – doh!, empty Woodend Mill Studio, and the view from the hoist minus hoist – eek, don’t like heights.