As a general rule November in the UK is not usually the time that you’d consider getting outside and into the water…let alone The River Thames.
Well, I guess ‘rules’ are made to be broken cos that’s exactly what happened last week when Michelle & Dave Caton-Richards decided they wanted a ‘trash the dress’ style photo shoot. To be fair this particular shoot has been in the planning phase for some time now but due to a number of reason had to be put back a few times until it got to the stage when it was a case of “we’re doing it now or not at all”.
I photographed Michelle & Dave a few months back for what was Part 1 of this 2 part shoot; part 1 being in a car workshop, which you can check out by clicking on this link.
Part 2 of the shoot saw us down by, or should I say ‘in’ the River Thames in Shepperton, Middlesex but before venturing into the icy cold waters we took a few shots on a grass verge nearby. To be honest I was wrapped up like Mr Staypuft and was still feeling the cold so I’ve no idea how Michelle stood there in her wedding dress; I’m guessing the uncontrollable teeth chattering generated a bit of heat.
Anyway, having ‘warmed’ up on the grass verge we then made our way down to the now fast flowing and fast rising river bank for the ‘trash the dress’ shots. Thankfully Michelle’s husband Dave is into all sorts of ‘adrenaline junkie’ type activities and had a variety of safety ropes etc on hand…just incase; and yes I’d checked the insurance policy small print before we stepped anywhere near the water.
I’ve attached a video so you can see the ‘behind the scenes’ footage but make sure you’re wrapped up warm before you watch it..lol
ps> BIG thank you to Michelle’s friend Sarah who helped me out by being a VAL (Voice Activated Light stand) for the ‘grass verge shots and to Dave for braving the Thames and holding the flash in there too ;o)
pps> All the lighting techniques in these shots are covered in my new InSight Workshop so if you want to learn the ‘how to’ then drop me a line/email to find out more.