Sunday, 24 February 2013

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Drama and theatrical lounging on leather chairs in glittery heels characterised this final assortment of shots from Richmond Tea Rooms.

In part three, Rosalind provided the vintage leather pencil skirt, Brettles floral house coat, sixties silk evening coat and various other bits and bobs. The striped leggings are from So in Fashion.

"Lingering in the Golden Gleam"

Looking Glass inspired antics complete with mirrors and teacups in Richmond Tea Rooms.

In part two of three, Rosalind wears this dress from So in Fashion

“Look after the senses and the sounds will look after themselves”

Terms such as ‘down the rabbit hole’ or ‘through the looking glass’ have become shorthand for anything vaguely fantastical or dream-like. But although Richmond Tea Rooms is reached by the more mundane method of stairs, it is very much a Wonderland. No surprises there - Lewis Caroll’s surreal tales were the main inspiration behind this gorgeous cafĂ©-cum-cocktail bar. But there were no daiquiris or gin slings on this visit, which took place at the rather unearthly hour of 7.30am. The early start didn’t stop us scampering from chair to chair, lounging on sofas and flinging ourselves against patterned wallpaper in a quest for dramatic shots. This was ‘Alice’ meets ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ with florals and feather eyelashes a plenty. 

In part one of three Florence wears an exquisite dress from Bertie's vintage , Rosalind wears a black floral dress from So in Fashion and all other clothes & accessories have been sourced from the depths of Rosalind's wardrobe. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole and Into the Tea Room

Flo: It's been oh too long since Roz and I have been able to have longer than 12 hours together, so her trip up to visit me in Manchester was extra lovely. We started the evening off at the location we'd be shooting the next day - only for a scout out of course, the fact that the cocktails there are fantastic had absolutely nothing to do with it...

The feast you can see in the photograph below was made my lovely boyfriend, lots of good food, good wine and good conversation all evening... In fact possibly too much of all of them as getting up at 6.30am was a struggle!

The location we used is called Richmond Tea Rooms which is located on Richmond street in Central Manchester. It's absolutely lovely, a firm favourite of mine for afternoon tea, cakes (their chocolate fudge is INCREDIBLE) and the decor is very unique. Have a look at their website  and I recommend you pay them a visit if you're ever in Manchester.

For once, bar one very unsuccessful time a few years ago, we were experimenting with using a flash. The tea rooms are quite dark and it was early in the morning so the natural light wasn't great and we don't use any professional lighting. For me, I definitely struggled with it! We didn't have a diffuser which made things trickier still but it was endlessly frustrating having the reposition it and point it at different angles. The result was interesting, as you'll see next blog post, but certainly different from our usual shoots!

Roz: I caught the train up to Manchester on the late afternoon of the saturday, relishing both the socialising and creative projects waiting at the other end of the track. I travelled with a large suitcase in tow; the contents composed of various housecoats, striped heels and tea-dresses selected for the purposes of our 'Alice in Wonderland meets Ladies Who Lunch' theme. Of course neat folding soon descended into messy chaos once Flo and I began working on our focus for the following morning. But before we could reach the photography there was a fair amount of wining, dining and intense talking to enjoy. There is nothing quite like the joy of food and friendship. 
The next morning, as detailed above, we roused ourselves bright and early to head over to Richmond tea rooms. As our taxi slid through the grey, early morning streets we noticed a small crowd still partying outside one of the clubs. Our paltry four and half hours of sleep seemed to be plenty after seeing that. We waited outside this cafe-cum-cocktail bar in full finery with false eyelashes, bright lipstick and large bags of clothing in our hands. Once we were let in we whizzed through outfit changes and swore every now and then at the flash - aware that we had a limited amount of time to complete all that we had planned. However, despite lighting difficulties it was still a playful, varied and interesting two hours of work - and we can't wait to show you the results shortly. 

Sunday, 6 January 2013


See the post below by way of explanation, but here the inspiration was an infusion of velvet luxury, furry warmth and flowing fabrics. Photos by Flo.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Day 2 of our Barmouth excursions

Another set of our photographic efforts from the Barmouth weekend comprising of a pensive Rosalind, a fishtail plait (yes, we really did sit and do each other's hair watching The Red Shoes - in true sleepover style) a very cold faced 7am Florence and a little sneak of the shoot to come in our next post!

Hoping that you all had a fabulous holiday and are looking forward to year ahead. Unfortunately our next planned get together had to be postponed but there are plenty of ideas floating around for the near future. We're extremely excited about the shoots that 2013 will yield. 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

You Crawled Out of the Sea

"Oh you crawled out of the sea..." So sings Laura Marling in the interlude on 'Alas I Cannot Swim'. It felt a fitting title to encapsulate these photos, the story of which can be found here. As written below it was inspired by "sirens, selkies, mermaids and women of the water."