Local magazine group Salutions, invited me to shoot their Christmas issue. The theme was real women getting dressed up to go out for a glamorous Christmas party. The magazine has three issues but it is really basically the same magazine for three different towns so only the covers change.
They asked for readers to send in pictures of themselves from which a casting was done. The nine ladies were then whisked to the St John Street boutique hotel in Manchester where they were treated like A List celebrities with designer clothes kindly supplied by places like Harvey Nichols and hair and make-up by top stylists. I believe there was also some champagne flowing but of course I didn’t see that!
We decided that the pictures should look warm and sumptuous with a quirky edge wherever possible, whilst bearing in mind we weren’t shooting with professional models. All the ladies were great sports, including one who came straight from wisdom tooth surgery. I should also mention my amazing team of around ten specialists keeping the shoot moving and the staff at the hotel went above and beyond.