Hats On For Hilary

23rd September 2011
Setting up a small business is no easy task, especially in the current economic climate and often one finds oneself seeking some form of help. There are many organisations out there offering funded assistance or special deals for the start up but there are times when good old enterprising means calling in help from friends and family. One recent example was when I spotted a call for help from an old school friend. Hilary is in the process of setting up a small business making winter hats to order and was looking for volunteers to pose for images for her new website. I had the feeling the photography would have been a DIY job so I decided to offer my services. That's what friends are for.

So we set a day when we're both free, gather a small army of volunteers, and arrange to meet in Ridley Park at Blyth. Part of the fun of shooting outdoors is not knowing what the weather may be like and having to cope with the light we're given on the day. I was hoping for reasonable conditions, not too bright and preferably autumnal looking. What we had was rain followed by completely clear skies and overly bright sunshine. Taking shelter from the trees and a handful of umbrellas I set up a single flashgun in a softbox, adding an orange gel to warm the light whilst a cooler white balance compensated for this leaving natural skin tones against a cooler looking background. Then the fun began as hats in many sizes and styles were handed out to our enthusiastic models who were also supplied in many sizes and styles from the young and cute to the young at heart.

We varied locations throughout the park with everyone pitching in ideas and after about an hour and a half a few of us relocated to the beach in search of yet more location ideas. The afternoon seemed to fly by but we achieved quite a lot, not to mention the fun everyone seemed to have.

For more info on the hats please visit Hilary's website http://www.handmadewinterhats.co.uk/

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