Friday, 21 March 2014

Gothic Harriet


 
Photographer: Rekha Garton
MUA & Hair Stylist: Flamingo Amy
Model: Harriet Howard
 
I've had the pleasure of working with Rekha before and when she put a call out that she wanted to do a slightly gothic shoot I was keen to be involved. Along with gorgeous model Harriet and the super talented Flamingo Amy we trekked off to a local cemetery to grab the last of the days sun.
I love these photos, hope you do too!












Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Rosanna Portraits


 
Photographer: Ryan Bleyswyck // Model: Rosanna // MUA: Miss Sweetie Pie Makeup and Beauty // Styling and hair: Me
 
A set of simply styled portraits by Ryan Bleyswyck taken back at the end of the summer. We shot these in the village my oldest friend grew up in so it was quite nice to go back after spending quite a lot of my teenage years there.
 
These are a bit of a departure from the sort of thing I normally do and I had to fight my natural urges and 'keep it simple' as Ryan wanted. I think they turned out rather well and it's good to have a bit of diversity in my portfolio.




Monday, 17 March 2014

Natural Beauty


So only a few months late (!) - here are the photos from a styled bridal shoot I did in December. Hope you like them!
I've been so busy recently that both my blogs have been sadly neglected so I'm going to try and catch up with posting shoots over the next few weeks.
In other exciting news my website has just gone live today. You can check it out here: www.abigrayfashionstyling.co.uk 
 
Photographer: James Robinson Images
Model: Amanda Santos
Hair and MUA: Leanne Maddock
Styling/Props: Abi Gray Fashion Styling 



 
This dress was picked up by me in a charity shop and as it's quite short I knew immediately that I wanted Amanda to wear it in a styled bridal shoot. It's quite an old fashioned style (I can't help but wonder about the person who owned it originally) so I asked for bright flowers to make it a bit more modern. The beautiful bouquet was kindly supplied to us by The Little Flower Shop Norwich.
 
I was more than a little inspired by Disney for this shoot. I knew I wanted a side plait I couldn't find a picture of exactly what I wanted anywhere until...I went to see 'Frozen' with my husband and daughter and one of the main characters had the exact sort of hairstyle I wanted. Leanne is incredibly clever and created this amazing style on Amanda.
The birdcage and birds were part of my wedding d├ęcor over 3 years ago and this also reminded me of Disney as Amanda had a little white bird on her finger and as we know all Disney princesses have an animal friend!






Saturday, 23 November 2013

Bridal shoot - Town Wedding

 
 
Photography by Camilla Andrea Photography
Models: Hannah (Bride), Jasmine (Bridesmaid) and Shahmir (Groom)
Hair: Sheree Greenway @ Empire Hair Artistry
Makeup: Sheree Greenway and Camilla Felgate
Flowers:The Little Flower Shop Norwich
Suit: John Field Formal Hire
Veil made by me.
 
Another day, another bridal shoot to show you. We shot these in the small town on Bungay in Norfolk which has a road of beautiful coloured houses where we shot most of these.
 
I was inspired by pictures of huge over the top veils I'd found whilst researching bridal looks and not really knowing where I might be able to get my hands on one I thought I'd have a go at making one. I borrowed a glue gun, bought some tulle and voila! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. It was a rather cold day and (similar to Jasmine's cardigan in the country photos) I had lent Hannah my faux fur coat to keep warm, loved how it looked so ended up leaving it on for the majority of the shots. I lent her my wedding rings to complete the look.
 
I haven't styled men before so that was new to me. The suit was kindly lent to me by John Field Formal Hire in Norwich. I decided on a dark grey as I knew Shahmir already had a black suit of his own and I wanted something different. I also borrowed a pink tie but in the end stuck with the silver for these shots. The cane added a little over the top flourish!
 
 
 





Friday, 22 November 2013

Bridal shoot: Country Wedding


Models: Hannah (Bride), Jasmine (Bridesmaid) and Shahmir (Groom)
Hair: Sheree Greenway @ Empire Hair Artistry
Make up: Sheree Greenway and Camilla Felgate

I actually want to squeal with joy as I am so over the moon with these photos. By far some of the most 'me' photos I've styled. I honestly believe I would adore them even if I had nothing to do with them. I've admired Camilla's work for a while now so to have these amazing photos to add to my portfolio is fantastic. The girl is a genius!
 
 
 
 
 
The Bride's look in this set of photos is rather special to me as the dress is my Mum's wedding dress from some 30 years ago! The zip had broken but I rather like the bit of open back you can see in the above photo. Accessorised with vintage clip on earrings, a bow I made myself and a gorgeous natural/boho bouquet. Obviously, as were in a field, heels weren't an option but I actually really like the unusual choice of footwear in these shots.
 
 







 
 
 
The Bridesmaid's look was almost accidental. I chose the dress, then Jasmine was wearing this cardigan my friend had brought along under her coat just to keep warm but the colour looked so fantastic we decided to keep it. The boots were a necessity and the orchids in her hair had fallen off the bouquet much earlier in the day and were the perfect finishing touch (thanks for the suggestion Steph!)



Our lovely groom wore his own suit and a simple buttonhole made to match the bouquet.



 
Stay tuned for the 'Town Wedding' look. Coming soon!!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Lingerie Parlour Photoshoot.


You may remember that at the beginning of last month I organised a photoshoot for the promotion of a new online shop called 'The Lingerie Parlour'. TLP is owned by the lovely Leah Loverich and she came to me to ask is I'd help her get some beautiful pictures to use on the website.
One of the models, my friend Steph, kindly lent us her house as the location and we spent ages getting the bedroom just right (including me bringing over my own bedside table and telephone!)
Leah brought along 50+ pieces of beautiful slips, bed jackets and night gowns.
 
I'm so thrilled with the photos and if you see anything you like the look of The Lingerie Parlour will be open very soon!
 
Photographer: Taber Photography
Models: Heather, Stephanie, Hannah and Demi
Gowns/slips/bed jackets all from The Lingerie Parlour