Calendar Girls: Shoot # 6 – October

A beautiful day for making Jam

Steph – OCTOBER

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot #6  –  Phew!!   Halfway there.   This has been enormous fun, what a novel way to meet people!!!   This is the shoot of the Calendar for the Play ‘ Calendar Girls’, being put on by Stage Door Theatre Company this August.   A donation from the proceeds of the sale of the calendar will go to NZ Child Cancer Foundation, and this is also a great way of celebrating the ladies in our community.   Each month is sponsored by a local business and we thank them for their support.   Most, but not all, of our models also appear in the Play.   Thie sponsor for this month is Ludbrook Farm .

With each ‘month’ that we photograph I’ll be producing a blog.   The months will be in the order of either the availability of the shoot location or the model. And look out for our competition to WIN two tickets to one of our shows:


Calendar Girls

1st to 4th August at The Turner Centre


Shoot # 6: October

A short break from Calendar Girls, off for a few days with the family to visit my son in Melbourne – it’s been too long, I miss the kids when they’re not at home.    After a great few days with the boys, we had a ‘bit of a journey’ coming back from Melbourne, and we eventually arrived home, everyone a bit tired and travel weary – how is it that travelling is so exhausting when you’re really doing very little?    However no rest for the wicked!!   Up early the next morning for the October shoot.

Les, Trudie and I met at this morning’s venue to prepare for our model.  Our location today is a truly beautiful space- however, the weather was a ‘bit iffy’so we were pleased to be shooting inside.   Today was ‘jam’ day.     Unable to locate an old-fashioned orange press, we looked for the next best thing – a large ‘pan’ and some oranges (freshly picked – thanks Les) – not quite orange yet, but they looked the part!   The idea is for the set to look like ‘jam making’ and it was complimented by chutneys and pickles from this month’s sponsor, Ludbrook Farms.   Lighting and positions checked we were ready to go.

Steph’s husband escorted her – the first man to attend our ‘all female’ shoots.   It was a bit disconcerting having a man around, but I’m pleased to say when time came to ‘de-robe’ he was nowhere to be seen.    Each shoot comes with its own challenges as we work with different locations, props and ‘body’ sizes.  I am able to take studio lighting with me on location which certainly which helps a lot.  Les and I (usually with either Jo or Trudie assisting), arrive early, check the setting for position etc., and then the model takes her place fully clothed so we can make adjustments to ensure ‘all angles are covered’.   However, we pretty much always have to make some final tweaks once our model is ‘nude’ but try to keep this time to a minimal and we laugh and joke to keep everything light-hearted – a frustrated or anxious model wouldn’t make for a good shoot!    Steph was a natural and another shot was completed in good time.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyright Claire Gordon, Flash Gordon Photography at Take Five Agency, Design & Marketing

Have a guess at our beautiful locations which are shot throughout the Bay of Islands.


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