In 2001, we were photographing Fashion for an advertising agency on a beautiful beach on the east coast of Scotland when we were approached by a lady who owned a stunning house set in the sand dunes.
She enquired what were we doing there, when we explained, she immediately offered us her house to use as a base for the models, make-up artist and hairdresser.
Over coffee the lady mentioned that she had a daughter who might be interested in modelling, she let us see her photographs and we suggested that she and her daughter should come to the studio one day where we would do a test session and suggest some agencies she should contact. Some weeks later we got a call from 'Victoria' who asked if she could come along to see us, which she did to our Edinburgh studio.
In her final year at school and though not quite tall enough for catwalk, she did have the face for advertising and commercial work. We made some complimentary tests shots and gave her some contacts with Scottish model agencies.
While she was with us she noticed our gallery of images on the wall and hinted that this was something she would be interested in doing, however, as she was only 17 at that time we told her to come back if you would still like to do this when you become the age of eighteen.
In 2002 Victoria did return, she was now 18, requesting do a test session with us, which of course, we did. After viewing the images, we sat down with Victoria and suggested that we would do more work with her but this time it would be on location.
After the first couple of location sessions and during a discussion, the three of us agreed the idea of a complete series of images taken over that summer of 02 and would call them “Victoria's Summer”
At that time, we were both shooting with 35mm Contax G2 cameras and developing a specific style for our work. This involved using Kodak Ektachrome 200 transparency film, underexposing the images by a couple of stops and then having the laboratory push processing the film by 2.5-3 stops thus producing the classic soft focus grainy look. We also used our home made soft focus filters to enhance an effect that we love.
Victoria's Summer was ‘born’ and we then set about photographing during the warm months of 2002.
We went to Malta, also an historic castle in Fife, then a stately home near Edinburgh, a stunning 5* hotel suite, our studio and of course, Yellowcraigs, our favourite beach near Edinburgh.
Very few of these images have been seen before and this is the first time since 2002 that they have been creatively assembled as a series of images in the form of a semi hard cover 50 page portfolio book. We hope our collectors around the world will love them as much as we do.
This beautiful Limited Edition Portfolio, printed in Italy, is the first in a series of 6 we have planned over next few years featuring locations we have loved working at with our favourite art nude models. Portfolio No2, Venezia, will be published early 2020.
If you select the 'Plus' versions A3 size is 11.5 inches x 16.5 inches and the A2 is 16.5 inches x 23 inches. Prints will have a white border. paper is Platinum Etching and printed using original Epson inks.
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This is our 3rd Kickstarter book appeal. Both the previous 2 have been successfully funded and delivered with great success and great feedback.
Our photographic business was founded by my great grandfather in Edinburgh in 1864. Trevor is the 4th generation.
The portfolio books are being printed in Italy
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