Christmas Comes But Once a Year?
Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography
Shoot # 12. The Christmas Shot! One more shot left to go after this one. My gosh, I’m going to miss these lovely ladies.
This is the penultimate blog of 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. The sponsors for this month are Flash Gordon Photography and The Little Herbal Company.
01-04 August at The Turner Centre
Shoot # 12: December
Les and I just had time to pick up some sunflowers, Christmas hats (and coffee) as we made our way to the second shoot of the day.
We arrived at an absolutely awesome property for our Christmas shoot. A beautiful grand piano awaited us, together with a decorated Christmas Tree (many thanks to Jo for the tree, and Wendy at Puttsgreen Florest for the decoratins), and we set about a bit more furniture rearranging. As this was a bigger shoot, I increased the lighting set up and waited for our 11 models to arrive. Our host was very interested in the proceedings, and we suggested the he might like to make himself scarce before our ladies bared all! Next to arrive on the scene was Peter de Graaf from the Northern Advocate. I think the idea of eleven nude women of a ‘certain age’ was even too much for Peter and we quickly arranged to have a “pre de-robing” media photo of all our lovely Calendar Girls before we got into the December shot.
Peter departed and we got on with arranging the ladies around the piano for the Christmas shoot. Jackie (producer for the Play) attended this shoot, and I was grateful for her help, our ladies were a little ‘excitable and chatty’. It’s a challenge to say the least, to keep 11 people absolutely in position and smiling in-sync. We had to rearrange the ladies several times to enable us to see each and every one of them – and then to only see what we needed to see!
Shot finally done and dusted, I showed the ladies their Calendar shots before we go to print, and went about the business of packing down.
The day with Stage Door not quite finished, I attended a rehearsal of the ‘Photography/Nude’ Act to advise on placement of props etc. It was great to see the Play making progress – the ladies are fabulous, it is going to be such a great show!.
One more shoot to go then we are done. I’ll miss Les and the the girls; it’s been a great experience.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Images copyright Claire Gordon, Flash Gordon Photography at Take Five Agency, Design & Marketing