Harveys Statement Shoot
So.. I was expecting a Harveys brief from the team at HMDG, but when it arrived
I read the first few lines, stopped, then read it again… did it really say ‘can you
find a derelict country mansion, a high end fashion stylist & oh…we’ll need a
Not the usual Harveys brief then & putting all the elements in place wasn’t going
to be easy, every part had to be perfect, the location, the stylist, the model, the
make up artist… & of course the horse.
As soon as I walked into the magnificently crumbling dining room of
Hammerwood Hall I knew we had our location, it fitted the brief perfectly.
David the homeowner was terrifically enthusiastic when we ran through our
plans & wasn’t at all fazed when we proposed bringing a horse inside.
Now I’ve done my fair share of photographing animals, but a horse?... inside a
house?.. this is going to be interesting.
In the end Ben behaved perfectly, as the gallery of onlookers held their breath
he was led through the door & took up his position, he posed perfectly for the
camera & we got the shot.
Under the creative leadership of Martin Smith & the organizational skills of
producer Liam Bergin the rest of the shoot ran like clockwork.. largely thanks
to everyone being totally committed to the project. Our Stylist Jenny produced
some amazing looks for our gorgeous model Sophia & Sam’s make up was
perfect, Alex Shore’s lighting skills were rather handy as well.
While we were wrapping up on the last day Martin asked me which of the 8 set
up’s we photographed was my favourite & I really had to think about it, hand on
heart, every shot had exceeded my expectations, we’d met & executed the brief
I’ve been a photographer for approaching 15 years & have to say that this project
has been one of the most rewarding I’ve ever been involved in.