Bloom: Coming into Flower 26.06.19
I knew as soon as I saw Auguste Chocianaite’s work on Instagram that I wanted her to photograph my jewellery collection. And I definitely made the right decision; as soon as model Katie and I walked in to her studio in Bristol, we were welcomed with open arms, a glass of Prosecco and Pringles…what’s not to love?
Auguste and I had been messaging back and forth for some time. I’d originally planned for her to photograph my hair pieces but as the collection of necklaces started to take shape, my mind shifted.
We really had a dream team that evening in May and I can’t thank them enough for all that they did. The energy in the studio was incredible and I think we all left that evening, around 10:30pm, wanting to do it all again.
Auguste’s relaxed manner put everyone at ease, while her eye for detail and love of her craft have really captured the essence of my collection.
As soon as I had a date for the shoot, I knew instinctively who I wanted to model my necklaces. I’m so glad that Katie said yes; we’d worked together last year on a styled shoot for County Wedding Magazines and I knew straight away that I wanted to work with her again. There’s no doubt that we’ll be working together again soon and the pair of us were still excitedly chatting about the evening on the drive home - a sign of a good working partnership!
As soon as Auguste said that Danny Williams was able to do the makeup and I’d confirmed that Lydia Wallis could do the hair, I knew we were on to a winner! I’ve admired Danny’s work for some time; the way he makes a woman’s skin look dewy and fresh is incredible and he understood straight away what I was looking for. Lydia’s suggestion of creating a braided crown with Katie’s hair was perfect; I love the way the braid circles Katie’s head to mimic the circular shape of the necklaces.
While she couldn’t be there in person, Nikki from Curve Bridal’s dresses pulled the looks together. Her choice of colours complimented the necklaces perfectly and I’m so grateful she was able to lend us the dresses for the evening.
While Danny and Lydia were working their magic, Auguste and I sat down and looked at the necklaces, talked through ideas and decided on an order to how everything was going to work. We decided to photograph two of the necklaces as hair vines and I’m so glad we did; it shows how versatile these pieces can be with a little adjustment.
The creativity and commitment by everyone involved that evening sent me home on a high; I couldn’t have wished for a better starting point for this collection and I’m so grateful to the team for making it all a reality!
So I guess it’s about time to set a date for this collection to launch :) Wednesday 26th June will be the big day when you can finally purchase these beautiful pieces. Until then, look out for stories about each piece here on the blog and get ready to choose a favourite! Sending love to you all :)