Northamptonshire is a beautiful county with huge expanses of unspoilt countryside, cute little villages in the middle of nowhere and stately homes laden with history. I planned to do a fashion shoot tour of the county showing you some of these spectacular and beautiful locations to shoot in but what with this dismal weather ruining all my fun, I didn’t get to do half as many as I would have liked.
I managed to shoot along the River Nene in various locations and the swollen riverbanks provided many in-water shots. I love shooting edgy, urban type styles in rural locations; it really adds another dimension. And yes, some country girls are pierced, tattooed and bang on trend when it comes to their style! Although we also look damn good in jodhpurs and wellies obviously…
If you ever find yourself exploring Northamptonshire and want to try some unusual locations I would recommend Santa Pod Raceway, Lyveden New Bield, Kirby Hall, Castle Ashby and Fotheringhay. Kirby Hall is partly derelict now but makes for really dramatic portraits and would be great for some timeless black and white work; could be used to create some really spooky shots. Santa Pod is always a fabulous day out and works well for getting candid shots of boys with their gorgeous cars. Castle Ashby is a village stuck in time with a big stately home and stunning gardens.
Fingers crossed for better weather so I can get out and explore more with my cameras!!
And my top tips for shooting edgy fashion in the countryside? Use angular poses for a high fashion feel, encourage the model to have attitude and play around with different structures (fencing, cattle grids, signs) to create an interesting point in your pictures. Have fun!
Model: Sarah Holden. Pony: Socks