For as long as I can remember I have had a bizarre fascination with the 1970's. Undoubtedly down to my awesome parents who married in on the 25th August 1973 in Norfolk. Typical of the time their wedding was a fairly simple do, a church ceremony followed by a village hall reception across the road. Photographs of all the important people lined up in a row, happy couple leaving church adorned with nick-naks, my Mum draped in a bell-sleeved hippy chick gown with heavy lace veil and long wavy hair, my Dad sporting a fine pair of brown flares and sideburns. Just awesome!
One of my favourite pastimes as a little girl was to lie on my stomach on their bed with my sister Hannah, and gaze at the hundreds of photographs that were lovingly looked after and treasured in heavy books and folders of all those adventures they went on before we came along in the 80's. We would laugh and point at the hairstyles, ooh and aah at the fashions, and sequel with delight whenever we spotted a household item that we still had after all those years. It was definitely this which lead me down the path of photography as a career, because I understood just how important these life recordings were. I grew up to a 60's and 70's soundtrack of Booker T and the MG's, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Led Zeppelin, Carole King and the Bee Gee's that carried on into my teens (while other kids were jumping on the noughtie's Nu-Metal bandwagon, I was wearing floaty black dresses and dreaming about being Stevie Nicks. Seriously...) . To this day when I listen to that music I drift off into my own little world where I fantasize about what it must have been like to be there. It always seemed like such a happy and much simpler time, and that heavily romanticized, warm peaceful image has influenced my life, sense of style, and my art for my whole life.
So with this in mind, as I was sat looking at my schedule for the next couple of months on a freezing cold February afternoon, listening to the mighty Black Sabbath and slowly floating into my 70's fantasy land, I suddenly thought...
"I could do a 1970's styled shoot!!!"
Cue hours, days and weeks of finding a team of like-minded wedding suppliers to take part who were just as excited about the idea as I was, a suitable venue, and some willing models, and here we are.
Today I'll be working with an AMAZING team of 12 suppliers who will be bringing their unique take on our theme to the table, with two drop dead gorgeous models, at the stunning Pimhill Barn in Shropshire.
I am very VERY excited, and I cannot wait to share with you all our magnificent creation!
Watch this space....