Thursday, 9 June 2011

Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot



Although its not the norm in the fashion industry I love to feature "real women" in my photo shoots and on the web site. Not only are the models featured "real women" of all shapes, sizes and ages, they are often real clients too! After all, there could be no better advert!

So I thought you'd like to see some behind the scenes footage of such a shoot. I am currently running a series of adverts featuring the final shots from this shoot....."Think you couldn't wear a corset? Think again!" Look out for them in the local press!

My thanks must go to......

Andy from www.avonstudios.co.uk (for the professional shots) Andy is a talented photographer and thoroughly recommended for anything from portraits to weddings. A thoroughly nice guy too!

Julie from www.creativehairbyjulie.co.uk Julie has worked on ALL of my photo shoots. As a talented stylist she is able to create hairstyles for all of our models which compliment both the girls themselves and the overall look we are trying to achieve. Nothing fazes her! If you are getting married or have an important date on the horizon....Julie will create an amazing look for you. You will not be disappointed!

Rowena Wilson of www.rowenawilson.com worked her magic with the make up. Unlike many make up artists Rowena is not affiliated to any cosmetic company and only uses those products which she has confidence in. She works not only on photo shoots and catwalk events, but also for private individuals for weddings or special occasions. Impressively, Rowena is qualified with both The British Association of Skin Camouflage and the Red Cross.

Lastly, huge thanks must go to my models Hayleigh, Rachael and Sammy.

If you know of a real woman who would like to model in a future photo shoot, check out the website for forthcoming modelling opportunities.








(Thanks to www.danosongs.com for the music)


Home to High Street


(Photograph by www.avonstudios.co.uk)



Winning a shop in "The Business" competition last year promised to change my life. Ten months on it would be fair to say that I have not been disappointed!

Transforming a home based business into a retail enterprise with a high street presence has been a simply fascinating experience.

I have learnt so much both personally and professionally and I know one thing for sure...life will never be the same again!

In the immediate aftermath of my win I was disappointed to read both online and in the local paper a touch of animosity and plenty of cries of "Not fair"! My friends shook their heads in disbelief at a letter in the local paper suggesting that the prize should have gone to someone else on the basis that I had already "achieved my dreams". Nothing was further from the truth.

That disappointment was short lived when I discovered a really warm welcome waiting for me from the other traders in neighbouring shops. City Arcade consists of a collection of independent shops...all unique in their own way either in terms of the products they sell or the exceptional service they offer. There really is an old fashioned sense of community between the traders...and it really is a pleasure to be part of it.

So, if you are planning to visit I suggest you schedule in time to visit the following shops and introduce yourself:-

Tomlinson Flowers
Award winning high end floristry....beautiful flowers and smiling staff

Silver Glade
Specialists in silver jewellery......in house designers too

Rufa Fish Spa
Unique in Coventry....a pedicure with a difference! Not had a chance to try this out for myself yet...but trust me you will be the first to hear when I do!

Drop in The Ocean
A brilliant health food store backed up by an absolute wealth of knowledge.

Oh, and before you go home treat yourself....

Kittys Sweets
A divine sweet shop adored by young and old (and a great place for presents)

The growth of my business has also enabled me to create a small dedicated team. Vari, Chanelle and I never tire of the positive comments customers make about the shop. It seems people really are tired of the duplication of our high streets and applaud those who are trying to offer something different.There will be interesting times ahead I am sure...but in the meantime I'd like to thank you all for your ongoing support.

Gillian