I have been taking stock of the past and wanted to gather together a few of my favourite images to summarise my costuming journey.It probably started making medieval fair costumes to wear at my daughters schools fundraising stall at a medieval market
But it was costumes I made for our wedding anniversary fancy dress party and dresses I had made for a planned (though never achieved) trip to Carnevale in Venice
Originally the idea had been to make and sell costumes and we took a wide range of photos of an assortment of gowns and accessories.In order to have the outfits to photograph I had to make a huge range of outfits ,none of which could of course be sold as they had been used to take the photos ,so the need to use the same fabric and bodices over and over again remade into different styles was the inspiration for the cheats guides.
This 18thc gown
became this bustle dress
We used as many different locations as possible because each outfit had a themed shoot and we tried to use mostly magic hour for the photos.I also tried to avoid being photographed full face
I usually wore either a big hat,a veiled hat or a mask
So a brief gallery of my favourite images
Taken Holy Island Anglesy to illustrate the nightdress page of the costume website ,it was taken in January during morning magic hour ,,the sea was really ,really cold!
The photo below was not part of the website shoot ,it was taken after our second show booking ,we went up to Penistone to get photos and I lost my balance and ended up slipping down the hill ,John got photos of me skittering forward trying to stay upright
Another photo shoot out take,I was trying to decide if jumping onto the stone below for a photo was feasible
Photos taken in Halifaxs people park are my favourite 18thc photo shoot images
The Scarborough “Agnes Grey” shoot ,The photos below are two of my favourite costume shots ,while the two “off the record” photos of me and becky remind me how much fun we had during most of the shoots
I love the shot below because the outfit was one of my favourites,the view is beautiful and you cant see my face
Whitby the first goth weekend we attended
I really like this ,its me and john took the photo but I did the edite
Another of my edites
One of our first ever photos ,this is a friend Leah posing as Ophelia
Another favourite from a photo shoot,though this was a more public shoot with some local papers for the tour de France ,its two brave friends on the bikes while the snow clearing JCB is slowing down to get a look .
My first Etsy gown shot
We seemed to do a lot of snow photo shoots,I guess because January /Feb was my quiet time for speaking bookings and it was when I made new costumes and sold off old ones so I needed photos for both,
I love the one below because it captured what happened dozens of times on shoots in the snow ,for all the serene and pretty shots there was usually a lot of slipping and sliding around to get photos from a good viewpoint ,,,the photo above I was not entirely sure there was solid ground under the snow
just a random few to end with from our favourite locations
Bingley market cross