Shoreline: Karl Bowman couture photographed by Tommy Martin

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photographed by Tommy Martin

So, back to work with a bang… I am really excited about these shots. They are definitely going to become part of a much bigger series. Plans are afoot, plots are being hatched. There are more than 30 dresses in this new Karl Bowman collection, so I’m thinking that there’s a lot of scope. Combine them with some outstanding models and an array of amazing landscapes to set them in and I think I’ve got some busy days ahead of me…

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

This turned out to be a fantastic, very short (and short-notice) shoot that started as much as a chance to test a few ideas as anything. The break in the weather last week was forecast a few days in advance, a short window in the middle of pretty bad storms that we’ve been under. I was counting on the skies being spectacular, they generally are between weather fronts like this, and I knew that the afternoon light in St Bees would be great. They were, it was… Happy days..

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

Behind the Scenes…

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy MartinMUA Jaye Adams was on another job in the morning, so in the afternoon I headed across the coast with model Kitty Quinzell and assistant Katie Johnston to recce a couple of spots before meeting up with Jaye.

We didn’t get started on makeup until after 4pm. We were on the beach and shooting sometime around 6:30pm. We lost the last of the sunlight behind the headland at 7:45pm. Not a whole lot of actual shooting time.

I was hoping to get 1 or 2 good shots from such a short window, but seem to have ended up with a few more. I’m struggling to choose which one will finally end up in my portfolio, which is always a sign of time well spent.

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

Yup, those are perfectly sensible shoes for balancing on the edge of a rock pool on wet rocks covered in seaweed while wearing a one-of-a-kind handmade couture dress. I don’t see what could possibly go wrong here…

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

As well as being a very talented colourer-inner, Jaye Adams is an experienced and highly skilled model wrangler

Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photography by Tommy Martin

Lighting was available daylight, augmented by the excellent and super portable Atom flash system from Lencarta.