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A picture speaks a thousand words, but sometimes all you need is two.

I was thinking along the lines of “true” & “love”  – I certainly didn’t expect “chicken” and “bear” but everyone is different and that’s what makes me love this job!

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I had a great jaunt in the countryside shooting Emily & James’s pre-wedding shoot last weekend and just had to share a few shots from this gorgeously cute couple.

We hoped across the Cotswolds to Mickleton Farm just outside Chipping Campden to recci their wedding venue for October this year and to have a bit of a play around and get this couple raring to go before the big day!

Why have an Engagement or Pre-wedding shoot?

Not all weddings take place at venues we’ve shot at before, as there are often tucked away and unique places that we haven’t had the pleasure of working at, so if it’s combined with a venue recci, an engagement or pre-wedding shoot can give us a great insight into good areas to shoot on the big day for formal and informal shots as well as those all important couple shots, and it can also help us to identify where there will be good light and possible sunset opportunities too.

Most importantly, a pre-wedding shoot can really calm your nerves so that you feel more comfortable in front of the camera on the big day itself and also helps to create a really great relationship with your chosen tog!

Why do you need a good relationship with your photographer?

If we have an opportunity to get to know you a little better and get to see how you are with the camera, we can therefore gauge your likes and dislikes and really get to know what you’re all about – this helps enormously for the big day itself as we can key in to those things you’ve highlighted to us on your pre-wedding shoot and really focus on what’s important to you.

(Of course, that’s not to say that this can’t be conveyed through conversation if a pre-wedding shoot is not an option, but as they say, preparation is key and this can only help to ensure you and your tog are on the same wavelength).

For this couple, that’s love, laughter and happiness which I think you’ll agree this gorgeous pair have in droves and I can’t wait for their big day now, as I know it’ll be a right giggle too!

A beautiful country-loving couple so in love

                                                       A beautiful country-loving couple so in love

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Cotswold Style September Front Cover with Noella Coursaris
Cotswold Style September Front Cover with Noella Coursaris

We recently had the pleasure of shooting international model and humanitarian Noella Coursaris for September’s issue of Cotswold Style Magazine, who wanted a cover photo and shots for both a fashion spread and an article about Noella and her work.

 

We chose Cowley Manor as the backdrop; it’s interior design boasts some unique features (can you name another manor house with a warthog’s head and zebra’s buttocks hanging on the wall?), whilst the exterior and grade II listed gardens are classically Cotswolds.

 

We started the day with another quick recce of the venue to finalise our shoot order.  In the meantime our chosen hair and make-up artists (Lisa Walby of Francesco Group and Kerry Wilcocks of Tonic respectively) got to work on Noella whilst her friend and internationally-renowned stylist and Artistic Director Saloum began sorting the outfits, kindly provided for the shoot by acclaimed fashion designer Azzedine Alaia. 

Tonic's own Kerry Wilcocks make-up gets Noella's seal of approval www.toniccheltenham.co.uk

Kerry’s make-up gets Noella’s seal of approval
http://www.toniccheltenham.co.uk

Noella gets her hair did by the super stylings of Francesco Group's Lisa Walby  www.francescogroup.co.uk

Lisa Walby works on Noella’s hair for shot number 1
http://www.francescogroup.co.uk

I should mention at this point that I wasn’t the only one wielding a camera during this shoot, as we were joined by Justin Golby of Golby Creative Ltd.  Justin documented the whole day and you’ll be able to see his film of the shoot soon, having seen a preview I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Justin gets to work on some stylish behind the scenes footage www.golbycreative.co.uk

Justin gets to work on some stylish behind the scenes footage http://www.golbycreative.co.uk

 We chose a plain lime green interior wall for our first shots and once styling had been completed and coffee had been consumed work got underway, with Noella quickly demonstrating why she’s been chosen as the lead for numerous fashion campaigns such as Agent Provocateur and appeared in magazines such as Vanity Fair and Arena.  Her style and professionalism is effortless and it was a genuine pleasure to work with her.

Noella models Double Lampion Dress, Derbie, Azzedine Alaia Paria

Noella models Double Lampion Dress, Derbie, Azzedine Alaia Paria

 

Our next shots featured another Congolese resident in the form of the oversized head of a Mandrill (first time for everything!).  Even with it’s brightly-coloured facial features it still paled in comparison to Noella, who wore an incredible cream dress from the Parisian fashion label.

Noella models with Mandrill Head in Cowley Manor's kookie bar area

Noella models with Mandrill head in Cowley Manor’s kookie bar area

Lampion skirt worn as dress, necklace by Awa MEITE Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, necklace by Awa MEITE Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embriodered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embroidered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

Arlequin sweater

Arlequin sweater

I get to work on the cover shot in the Billiards room

I get to work on the cover shot in the Billiards room

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

Noella models Campanile bodysuit, leather suede belt & python boots, handmade recyclable cotton bangles by Awa Meite Bamako

After bagging the cover shot in Cowley’s leather-clad billiard room we moved outside.  Thankfully we were graced by the sun’s presence at this point and we were able to get another great selection of photographs, both on the terrace and outside the adjoining Church of St Mary before the sun decided that it’d had enough for one day.  Time for lunch! 

On Cowley's fabulous terrace shooting Noella in a stunning Alaia coat

On Cowley’s fabulous terrace shooting Noella in a stunning Alaia coat

Anemone belted coat & python boots

Anemone belted coat & python boots

Having a lie down on the job!

Having a lie down on the job……I’m working and not sunbathing, honestly!

Long Campanile skirt, cotton shirt & studded suede boots

Long Campanile skirt, cotton shirt & studded suede boots

 

During the course of the morning we’d been joined by Noella’s husband James and their adorable children, so after everyone had eaten we headed outdoors again, this time choosing one of the Manor’s lakes and water features as the backdrop for some family shots.  Naturally her children all look great in front of the camera and they behaved perfectly, so we got some smashing pics.  Despite a downpour during lunch and the threat of more rain in the air it stayed dry, which was something of a blessing!  One of the resident swans came in for a closer look at one point, I suspect it just wanted it’s picture taken too. 

Noella with her beautiful family

Noella with her beautiful family

 

Next we decided to push our luck with the dry weather and move to a location close to Cowley’s spa – it features a colourful art instillation which made for a great place to shoot, with Saloum picking out accessories that matched the colour scheme perfectly.

By coloured pillars Noella models Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. Handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

By coloured pillars Noella models Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. Handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

Alaia logo tee

Alaia logo tee

Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. Handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

Metropolis skirt, logo tee & python belt. We love the beautiful handmade clutch by Awa MEITE Bamako

Our final shots of the day were taken in Cowley’s reception area, shot from above whilst Noella posed in a leather chair.  We weren’t sure about it as a location to begin with but I’m glad we went for it as we think it looks awesome!

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embriodered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

Lampion skirt worn as dress, pony hair vernix zipped jacket and python boots. Embriodered belt by Maimour Diallo Bamako

A massive thanks again to everyone that was involved in making this shoot happen, especially to Noella.  Her work not only as a model but as a humanitarian and founder of the Georges Malaika Foundation is hugely admirable and inspiring. 

 

You can read more about her in this month’s copy of Cotswold Style which can also be viewed online HERE and by visiting her website.

 

Credits:

Model: Noella Coursaris-Masters

http://www.noellacoursaris.com

Photography: Photography By Stefanie

http://www.photographybystefanie.co.uk

Hair: Lisa Walby of Francesco Group, Cheltenham

http://www.francescogroup.co.uk

Make-up: Kerry Wilcocks of Tonic, Cheltenham

http://www.toniccheltenham.co.uk

Clothing: Azzedine Alaia, Paris

Venue: Cowley Manor

http://www.cowleymanor.co.uk

Videography: Golby Creative

http://www.golbycreative.co.uk

Stylist: Saloum

Assistant Stylist: Josette Matomby

Words By & Production Assistant: Davey Terrific

Keep your eyes peeled for our new website launch for new brand: Stefanie Calleja-Gera Photography focusing purely on fashion, commercial & corporate clients – coming soon…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few months ago, my husband and creative visionary Davey Terrific (yes he really is) came up with a shoot concept that we both thought would be a fantastic way to showcase some of the local fashion industry talent. Working in conjunction with Cotswold Style Magazine we were able to bring this concept to life and to a much wider audience and we are proud to say it features as the cover image and a four page fashion spread in this month’s edition [July ’14].

Cotswold Style July Issue Cover Image www.cotswoldstyle.co.uk Fashion Shoot Model: Ashleigh Millman www.boutique3.co.uk www.keithscarrott.co.uk

Cotswold Style July Issue Cover Image
http://www.cotswoldstyle.co.uk
Fashion Shoot Model: Ashleigh Millman
http://www.boutique3.co.uk
http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk

The idea behind this shoot is simple: the eyes of the fashion world are so often drawn to London or Manchester but as massive advocates of supporting local business we wanted to focus purely on design talent and independent boutiques in the area and so the “Made in Cheltenham” concept was born.  We’ve made it our mission to work with the most talented people the area has to offer, so this was a perfect excuse to do just that.

“Made in Cheltenham” is an obvious play on the “Made in Chelsea” title but that’s where the similarity ends; there are no false smiles, backhanded compliments and appalling acting here!

We want to shout about our local designers – such as Kelly Thorne who provided two outfits for the shoot. These outfits epitomise contemporary Cotswold fashion; the first one shown below gives a nod to traditional tweed, but the cut & colour provide an exciting take on the traditional, suitable for the fashion-conscious lady of any age.

What tweed-clad lady is complete without an equally tweedy man? In the Cotswolds we’re surrounded by a plethora of stores that offer a great range of tweed but for this project we chose to work with Cheltenham-based Horace Barton, who provided our male model’s attire in the images below.  They provide a smashing range of outfits and a full service with bespoke tailoring to-boot. We loved their mix of classic Cotswold fashion juxtaposed with a great range of jacket styles, shirts, dapper bow ties and braces.  We love the addition of the suede gun shoulder patch on the jacket featured below; tres manly.

Fashion Shoot Models: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd She wears: www.kellythorne.co.uk www.keithscarrott.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd
She wears: http://www.kellythorne.co.uk
http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd She wears:  www.boutique3.co.uk www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd
She wears:
http://www.boutique3.co.uk
http://www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

Another firm local favourite of ours is Olive Clothing.  Based just off Cheltenham High Street they provide a classy yet affordable take on the incursion of boho trends into high fashion. Simple lines, mainly pastel tones & flattering cuts – to us, that makes for some extremely wearable outfits that you can dress up or down depending on whether you’re going for festi-chic or girl-about-town.

Of course, the Cotswolds also houses a number of boutiques that specialise in sourcing the best in designer fashion, so the shoot wouldn’t have been complete without representing some of these choice brands. Montpellier-based Boutique 3 provided the outfit used on the cover image and also for the shots shown below from designer labels Stefanel, Graham & Spencer, Filippa K, Hugo Boss & Velvet.

In addition to Boutique 3, central Cheltenham-based Trapeze also kindly offered to be part of this shoot, providing key pieces from Vivienne Westwood, Paige, Maisin Scotch, Ganni, Diesel, Scotch & Soda, Lyle & Scott & Lacoste’s new collections. We fell in love with the green lace Gianni dress, so on-trend for this season.

Fashion Shoot Models: Ashleigh Millman & Malcolm Williams www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Models: Ashleigh Millman & Malcolm Williams
http://www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Malcolm Williams www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Malcolm Williams http://www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Jess Bracey www.trapezeclothing.com

Fashion Shoot Model: Jess Bracey http://www.trapezeclothing.com

No fashion shoot would be complete without jewellery and we wanted to show that Cheltenham has it’s own home-grown design talent.  We were lucky enough to have Stephanie Bates on-board who went the extra mile by painstakingly crafting some of the pieces you see especially for the shoot!  Now, these are truly some beautiful & utterly original creations for men & women.  They are most definitely classed as fine art jewellery and deservedly so; hand-crafted, each piece is unique and bespoke designs can also be made to order.

We love our shoes too and local designer shoe brand Keith Scarrott kindly provided some of this season’s finest footwear to complete our looks. Summer sling-back sandals, killer heels and some of the softest leather pumps you could ever imagine all feature.

Stunning Foxhill Manor provided the backdrop for our shoot and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect venue.  It’s exterior is quintessentially Cotswolds but step inside and you’ll find it super-charged with contemporary styling, uber-modern finishings and all the “of the minute” gadgets and gizmos you can shake a stick at, including it’s own media room equipped with home cinema, blackout blinds, gaming stations, surround sound and a multitude of coloured beanbag chairs, not to mention comic strip wallpaper.

Yes, much like many people’s pre-disposed concepts of the Cotswolds & Cotswold fashion, it may appear to be traditional & historic on the outside but I assure you, there is more there than meets the eye and if you look closer, you’ll see that there’s a veritable banquet of contemporary design when you delve deeper inside.

The shoot wouldn’t have been possible without hair & make-up artist Jodi Croft who styled a look to suit each outfit. She’s another local talent who we’ve worked alongside for many years and her professional styling never fails to hit the mark.

We were also lucky enough to be loaned the classic Bentley you see in the image below from Azure Cars. We felt that the classic elegance of the Royal Blue Bentley really set the tone for the shoot.

Finally, we would have nothing without the time, energy and fabulousness of our models and we’d like to personally thank each one of you for giving up your time and making it such an epic shoot;  Ashleigh Millman, Malcolm Williams, Jess Bracey, Isabella Nash, Peter Lloyd & Elliott Caunce

I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite shots that show the whole nine yards.

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd She wears:  www.boutique3.co.uk www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Models: Jess Bracey & Peter Lloyd
She wears:
http://www.boutique3.co.uk
http://www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Model: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd She wears: www.kellythorne.co.uk www.keithscarrott.co.uk He wears: www.horacebarton.co.uk

Fashion Shoot Model: Isabella Nash & Peter Lloyd
She wears: http://www.kellythorne.co.uk
http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk
He wears:
http://www.horacebarton.co.uk

 

Full Credits:

Photography: Stefanie Calleja-Gera  www.photographybystefanie.co.uk

Styling & Creative Direction: Davey Terrific

Hair & Make-up Styling: Jodi Croft  www.faceperfectbyjodi.co.uk

Location: http://www.foxhillmanor.com

Bentley: http://www.azureluxurycars.co.uk

Clothing: www.kellythorne.co.uk  www.trapezeclothing.com http://www.oliveclothing.com http://www.horacebarton.co.uk http://www.boutique3.co.uk

Shoes: http://www.keithscarrott.co.uk

Jewellery: http://www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk

Models: Ashleigh Millman, Malcolm Williams, Jess Bracey, Isabella Nash, Peter Lloyd & Elliott Caunce