Creating a splash on a budget

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Styling a swimwear shoot might sound glamourous and conjure up images of exotic locations, beautiful sunshine, stunning models and so on… But the stark reality is that sometimes you need to be savvy with your budget and your surroundings! There are lots of UK locations that can give the right impression, but if (as often happens) our unpredictable British weather fails you, then an indoor pool can be just as effective. 

On this occasion – a cold autumn day and working on a shoe string budget – we certainly needed to look closer to home if we were to deliver the images on time. And by this, I mean we begged, borrowed and er…stole!

For our location, we chose a fabulous home which has featured in several beautiful architectural magazines. The property was just what we were looking for, not just for its unique exterior, but also because of the impeccable attention to detail on the interior décor. 

Located in the heart of my local region, Nottinghamshire, the house has a vast and gorgeous indoor swimming pool, perfectly complemented by an abundance of tropical flowers inside and out. We quickly realised that, with the right composition and Art Direction, we could easily emulate the look and feel of an authentic Miami or St Tropez home.

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By making the most of the morning sun and the amount of glass at the location, we created striking sun beams, bleached lighting and even the steamy windows which added warmth and a summer haze to every image – a great little cheat! Striking whilst the iron was hot, we varied the ambience within the indoor pool to get a wide range of different shots of the swimsuit, from relaxing on a summer’s day to sporty and athletic.

To conclude, there’s always a way to achieve what you want from a photo shoot, no matter what your budget is (well, within reason anyway!)