I recently got the chance to work with Angel White at Studland Bay House, down on the beautiful and affluent Dorset coast. It’s a four hour drive from home for me, and I had to use a chain ferry to travel to the peninsula that the house sits on. The building is Edwardian, faces the sea, is wonderfully restored and has large gardens. It’s a photographer’s dream location.
I knew exactly where I was going on the day of the shoot because I had been to the same place the weekend before. Annoyingly I had mixed up the dates. You can imagine my disappointment in arrival at the house, after a four hour drive, to find nobody at home. I couldn’t even take advantage of my error to go shooting around Bournemouth and the surrounding area, due to horrible weather giving me virtually no visibility. To say it was cold and wet that day is an understatement.
The day of the shoot was slightly better in that it was dry and not quite as grey as the weekend before, but the wind was bitingly cool. That meant that we shot inside the house only, but given the size of building and the rooms available that wasn’t an issue at all. We had four hours to work together, but we could easily have run to eight and not exhausted the location.
The brief was to shoot some fashion and fashion nude, and leave the final hour for some lingerie and art nude. I took along my Profoto B2 heads so I had plenty of fill light to use for the shots where windows were being used as part of the background. With everything ready and Angel made up, we headed for one of the sitting rooms for our first set of the day.
Angel is a great model to work with. She has a fantastic look and has tons of experience so needs very little direction. Her wardrobe is extensive, she has loads of outfits to suit all types of shoots and she knows how to get the best from them. We set about our task with a great deal of enthusiasm.
There are a variety of shots from the day included here, but my favourite is the set using the horizontally striped dress. The material was black and transparent, and was shot using natural light only through a window. I love the results that were produced, whether in colour or black and white.