Several months ago I met a lovely lady, Tricia at the Mid-Century Market in Camden – Read my post all about it here
Whilst there we got chatting about vintage clothing and the need for more plus size sellers. Tricia went on to tell me she owned Hotties Vintage and this was something that she was actively looking into. Well, it warmed the cockles of my heart to hear this, and we said we would stay in touch.
Well stay in touch we did, however it came as a bolt of the blue when Tricia messaged me around a month ago and asked if I would be interested in modelling a range of plus size clothes for her website.
You could have knocked me down with a feather!
Of course I said yes, so we worked out all the semantics and I got myself on the 0825 train to London on Friday 28th April for a day of modelling!
Arriving at her business in Tottenham I was so excited. I had never done anything quite the same as this. I had a lingerie shoot in Poland and took part in a large group photo shoot session for a high street clothing company, but this was totally different.
Tricia introduced me to the other model, Louise, the hair and makeup artist Lou, a and the photographer Katerina.
We had a cuppa and then it was time to get pretty!
Lou started by curling my hair and then set on doing my face. Once I was made up she turned my hair into a fabulous poodle do. I was now ready for my close -ups!
We were shooting in a garage, which has the most amazing vintage bikes and a beautiful car which we were going to use in some of the photos.
Tricia dressed me, added jewellery and accessories and then it was time for my first set of photos.
Katerina was fabulous and made me feel so at ease. It was such great fun and we messed around trying different styles and poses.
The first outfit I wore was a Tara Starlet dress covered in a fish print. It was so cool and really summery. I loved it. Paired up with red jewellery and my cream Miss L Fire shoes, it was a perfect combination.
Each set of photographs had two mannequins in them, and these were changed with every clothing change that I had.
Then came a midnight blue velvet gown. With crystal earring, necklace and brooch I felt like a lady out on the town for the night.
From there I was put into a pink and black Lindybop wiggle dress which I paired with my own black cats eye glasses.
Then a peacock Lady V Lyra dress which was my absolute favourite. This was teamed up with a pale blue necklace and earrings. I totally fell in love with the dress, so much so that I actually purchased it from her!
A Floral Hepburn dress with matching hair flowers was next. This was in shades of purple and red and so very pretty.
Next came a loved cherry print cotton dress with a draped neckline. It fitted perfectly and I may have brought this one home with me too!
Then Tricia joined us, after having her hair and makeup done, and I was in a Heart print Lindybop dress. Red and White, with a white rose in my hair and white earrings and necklace. We had several individual and group shots and then it was time to change again!
For every dress change, there were scarves, earrings, necklaces and hair adornments.
It was the best fun. I loved every second of it. Pulled poses, pretending to put my lipstick on, brushing Louise’ hair. No pose was out of bounds.
I was put in a cute red short sleeve jumper and a blue dotty full skirt from Tara Starlet. A blue scarf was tied around my neck and then we went outside to the piece de resistance.
A Superb blue and yellow Hot Rod. Outside in the sun for us to pose in. It was a fabulous car and when the engine was turned on… WOW the noise was electrifying.
We had group shots in the car with all three of us. It really did make for and amazing scene.
One last change and this time it was a teal Lady Voluptuous Ursula dress, with a big Lily hair flower.
Out again to the car, where we posed and played around before popping the cork on a bottle of fizz to take some shots with. Little coupe glasses filled with pink wine, we did our “cheers” pose before drinking the wine as a celebration of a complete shoot!
We stayed around for a little wine, eating some nibbles that Tricia had provided, before getting changed and then looking at getting back to reality.
I got myself back into my own clothing and made my goodbyes to all the ladies, as Katerina and I were going to catch the bus together to Tottenham Hale tube station.
We had a fabulous chat on the journey back, and shared a tube as far as Kings Cross, before I went on to Euston.
Not knowing what time to get my train when I was originally booking as we were unsure how long the shoot would go on for, I had a couple of hours to kill so sequestered myself into the Royal George Pub for some dinner.
One vodka and coke, Steak and Ale Pie, Mash and vegetables later and I was a pretty happy bunny.
I didn’t get home until around 1130 pm but had a huge smile on my face and the memories of an amazing day wearing lots of lovely clothes whilst posing in front of a camera.
Oh and even better, meeting new friends, including Louise’ teenage daughter Kendra who I have to thank for taking majority of these behind the scenes photographs for me.
I cant wait to see the professional ones now; I hope I did ok!!
Till next time