I have been desperate to do a Glam Rock inspired fashion shoot for aaaages! Marc Bolan was my main source of inspiration for this shoot. I find his character fascinating, his drive unique, someone who I truly admire. I could ramble on about him forever, so I’ll stop there! I got in touch with Sandra Reynolds Model Agency enquiring after a suitable model. They sent back a selection of model cards who I thought were very suitable for the shoot, however one stood out more than the others. Melissa was perfect for the shoot. She looked like she had just walked out of the 70s with her long, red, wavy hair. I couldn’t wait to photograph her after seeing her card! I got in touch with make-up artist Naomi Edwards who was very keen and excited to be a part of the shoot. Fellow photographer and friend Rekha Garton donated some of her clothes for the photo shoot. When I told Rekha about the shoot, she was as excited as I and started pulling out all sorts of clothes from her cupboards and boxes saying “Is this suitable?” “What about this?” “And this?”.
The team met up in Tombland on a cold Monday morning. Melissa’s mum, Wendy came to the photo shoot too. It was lovely to talk to them both and find out their story, and to see how giving and supportive Wendy is for her daughter’s aspirations. We set up a base in the Cathedral grounds. Several people stopped and took a moment to look at Naomi doing Melissa’s make-up! Naomi did a phenomenal job of the make-up. She ensured Melissa’s complexion was flawless, the shape of the glitter was neat and symmetrical, and the colours were exactly what we were after. She also backcombed her hair to give it the large 70s shape. Thank you Naomi for creating such a fantastic look for the shoot!
It was much colder than it had been in weeks. I felt so sorry for Melissa as I didn’t want her to get cold, I ensured she put her coat on as often as possible between shots so she could warm up. When taking the photos, we ventured out of the Cathedral grounds towards Anglia Square where we stopped outside the record shop and in a quiet location where I could take more full length shots. I’m a bit of a sucker for head shots, I just love how you can tell a story about someone through their facial features alone. I made sure I took long, mid and close up shots to give the series variety, and tell the story through different compositions.
Here are the photographs from the shoot…