It was our pleasure to have been booked to shoot Carole Middleton’s PR portrait at her wonderful, period home in leafy Berkshire.
We are big fans of environmental shoots (you may have noticed in our portfolio) and the chance to shoot in a Georgian manor house was too good to be true, (not too many manor houses around Shoreditch these days) and we never miss an opportunity to work with lovely people. Carole, who was preparing for the shoot when we arrived, was the same warm and bubbly, easy to talk to person who we had been planning with over the phone in the days before the shoot. She was very welcoming, easy going and down to earth… not exactly what you might expect from the mother of the Duchess of Cambridge, mother-in-law to Prince William and grandmother to Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, BUT, down to earth she was.
After a quick chat about locations, we began looking around the house and huge gardens that are hemmed in by the acres and acres of countryside on the property. It really was a peaceful place to be.
Given the hard sunlight and not too much cloud cover, we decided that a room with lots of light, but lights we can control, was what we needed. We found our spot towards the back of the house in the conservatory and with a bit of tweaking of furniture and flagging of sunlight into the space, our lights balanced out the room nicely and we were ready to start.
We shot a number of looks and one of which can be seen in our PR/editorial portfolio. Half the shoot was shot inside until the latter half of the shoot afforded us the opportunity to go outside when the clouds gave us better shade and therefore, control.
A good shoot with good people and a great little road-trip to boot.