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PROUD TO BE PART OF CRAFT AND DESIGN MONTH
Saddleworth Vintage is supporting Craft and Design Month May 2013 – an initiative designed to raise awareness of the enormous amount of creative talent we have in this country. The Jude Gidney Photography Studio is hosting the event and will be exhibiting as Lipgloss and Lenses.
Where: Tanners Mill, Greenfield OL3 7NH
When: 26th May 2013, 10am till 5pm
“Ding Dong Saddleworth Vintage” is looking at the Vintage lifestyle of crafts throughout the eras, and how elements of the wedding are crafted and unique. Come and meet the people in Saddleworth behind creating a “Something Old, Something New” vintage wedding day. And maybe pick up a few vintage goodies along the way.
Craft and Design Month is a ‘not for profit’ initiative launched by craft&design magazine. The magazine’s editor, Angie Boyer, explains: “There are many thousands of craftsmen and women who manufacture and sell their products in the UK and to the overseas markets who are completely overlooked by newspapers reporting on the demise of domestic manufacturing.
“Crafts is incredibly important to the economy but also to our wellbeing and way of life. If we don’t use the talents of people on our doorstep, they will disappear forever. We hope that by shining the spotlight on the skills of craftsmen and women throughout the country, the general public will think twice about who to go to when they need something for the home. If we succeed in that, Craft and Design Month will have served its purpose.”
For further information on Craft and Design Month May 2013, including details of other events in your area, please visit: www.craftanddesignmonth.net.
We’re supporting Craft and Design Month. Are you?
For more details about the Fair – please visit Saddleworth Vintage
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:
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.
It really is an honour, especially after this year of hard work and studio move. The year has seen myself and my fellow shortlisted companion, Lisa Gee ( category – Best Vintage Make-Up) slowly build up the business Lipgloss and Lenses, celebrating in style Vintage Photography and Fashion.
We have also been very active members of the steering group for the Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade collaboration, involved in organising and running a very successful Jubilee Vintage Fair in Uppermill, Saddleworth, an exhibit at MOSI at the Mini Makers Fair in July, and plans are rumbling for another event at Christmas.
Since March I have also been working, in collaboration with a number of other professionals, on Vintage inspired photography images for the Memory Lane Calendar, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society. The Calendar is due to be launched at a Vintage Venue to be announced any day now and is co-ordinated by Laura Norrey. Other businesses that have also been very supportive of the Calendar, and also shortlisted, are Carol Oldham of Dormouse and the Teapot ( best blogger) and Limb – the Vanity Project ( best retailer).
The move to the new studio ensures that Lisa and I have more space to create sets reflecting the Vintage side of the business, with exciting ideas such as a 1950’s Diner and more.
I’m just trying to clean up my mac laptop to put more images from recent work onto it for processing, and found a few images that I haven’t yet shared, owing to holding fire as we were waiting to hear from certain magazines, and so keeping them under wraps. The girls now have them in their portfolios, to add to a growing collection for their own use.
Three lovely ladies that I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carmina Suzanne PlusModel, Ciara Louise Hilton, and Charlotte Leigh Burgess. Not only plus-sized but plus personalities – and great fun. The shoot involved not only make-up artists Paula Martinez but hair and the use of a local dress shop’s gowns, as well as a few dresses from my old favourite Limb – the vanity project. Spot miss Tameside and Miss Marilyn.
Vintage inspired photography takes us on a trip down Memory Lane, the name of a Calendar project headed by passionate Vintage model, Laura Norrey. Laura decided, after watching and standing by her Grandmother during the progress of Alzheimer’s dementia, that she needed to do something practical to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Having myself also been closely involved in the progress of the disease on three occasions in my own family, especially watching my own Grandmother disappear, and my Mother-in-Law with a very early onset in her 50’s, this was a must for me to be involved in too.
Laura loves the 1940s and 50’s eras and her make-up and clothing pay homage to the period. I first came into contact with Laura whilst putting a call out for Vintage Inspired ladies to pose for a launch of our Lipgloss and Lenses Sessions, make-over and photo shoots depicting the styles and fashions of the ‘Vintage’ era ( 1940s and 1950s). Since then she also posed for images used in the promotion of the Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade Collaboration – posing beautifully as Miss 1950’s Jubilee and Great Britain.
The Memory Lane Calendar is another collaboration of Professionals pulling together to produce a calendar brimming with Cheesecake style images of ladies that are part of Laura’s Burlesque Dance Troop. Graphic Design Skills offered by Simon Clarke, Make -Up by Lisa Gee, and images by Terry McNamara and myself- Jude Gidney. Numerous businesses have also been very helpful in lending props and venues. Each page of the Calendar is also sponsored by individual businesses, helping to cover printing costs.
The Calendar will be available from November, a fantastic Launch Party being arranged – watch this space. Below are a few images from 3 shoots, the ultimate photos kept under wraps until the
Launch of the Memory Lane Calendar. These are all taken at the Jude Gidney Photography studio in Mossley, Tameside.
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