Day one was finished by a couple of beers, a rather nice Italian meal from a restaurant just a few yards away from our Airbnb and an early night. The reason why I’m mentioning that is because day two was going to be a very early start indeed. Alarms were set for 05:00, though in truth we were all up by then because the courtyard at the back of the block we were staying in became active even earlier. There was a shop attached to the building which took deliveries to sell during the day, and they weren’t the quietest at doing that to say the least.
We needed an early start as the first location was at the Fisherman’s Bastion. It is a big tourist location so we needed to get there before they did to make the most of the views. Our taxi arrived on time and we set off, all laden with kit. Most of the shots in this gallery were taken there, and we got two looks from each model. It was a very busy morning for everyone, working in a temperature of 27c at the hottest.
My first shoot of the day was with Atalanta Smythe, and I was assisted on lights by my shooting partner Jonathan Hilder and Mark Goddard. Atalanta wore a long black and sheer dress for the first set, and we shot right at the top of the location with stunning views.
The initial set with Amie-Jayne Boulton was shot on some beautifully lit stone stairs, enclosed by bricks. By this time the tourists had arrived in large numbers, so we had to wait for bus loads of people to pass on occasion, but that didn’t interrupt Amie’s flow.
From there we moved back outside with Atalanta. Passing tourists meant that we kept on the move, but parties still formed to watch Atalanta do her stuff dressed in her black halter-neck top and salmon pink jeans. Our enforced movement meant that it was inevitable that the paths of the models would cross, and when they did we got the chance to do some duo shots.
After spending the whole morning at the Fisherman’s Bastion we went to a restaurant where I sampled an authentic beef stew with noodles. It was delicious and very filling, so I was glad we got a few minutes of rest before setting off to the Chain bridge, our next location. We shot on the bridge and on the river bank, again attracting a lot of attention. Mobile camera phones were very much in evidence.
My final shoot was with Atalanta Smythe in front of the beautiful Parliament building. I don’t think we could have done that same shoot in front of the UK Houses of Parliament, we wouldn’t have lasted more than two minutes before being moved on. Things are much more relaxed in Hungary.