Guest Post: Kate Cooper at the Norwich Resident Cover Shoot
Well happy October, folks!
October has always been one of my favourite months, for the following reasons:
1) It’s my birthday this month. That means cake, and lots of it. Plus now I’m a grown up I get to drink fizzy wine, too.
2) It is officially Autumn. This facilitates a whole new wardrobe situation, whereby I can wear a coat (I collect coats, it is a valid hobby), buy more grey knitwear, wear boots (boots are the best kind of footwear, particularly because you can wear mismatched socks and not paint your toenails and NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW), eat orange vegetables, kick piles of fallen leaves around with childlike joy, drink hot beverages which come laced with pumpkin and spices, Halloween happens and we all get to dress up and eat sweets (drink fizzy wine)… The list of Autumnal delights is endless.
3) It is only two months until I can reasonably be excited about Christmas.
Yep, love October! This October is particularly exciting for me, though, for one notable reason. You see that copy of Norwich Resident on your coffee table? The October edition…? Check out the edgy, urban cover image. Nice, isn’t it. Then flick through to the fashion editorial spread somewhere in the middle. More edgy, urban shots of models looking smoking hot in the new Canaries Official collection. Looks pretty good, eh?
Well I was there when the magic happened, folks! Some of you might recall that I won a fashion-blogging competition a few months ago, and the prize was a trip to NYC. Well, another part of the prize was some work experience with Norwich Resident magazine, and the wonderful Emma, editor of Resident and chair of NFW, invited me to come along and help her style the cover shoot for the October edition. Obviously I had to deeply consider this proposal for all of a nano-second. Ahem. Yes, please!
Happily on board, I was sent a moodboard and an outline for the day, including the fact that we would be shooting the Canaries Offical A/W15 Collection. So… models in football shirts? Intrigued, I took to the internet to browse their online store, and discovered a whole range of stylish and wearable smart-casual pieces for men and women, including outerwear, button-down shirts, chinos, jeans and converse-esque pumps, tastefully monogrammed with #OTBC or the NCFC crest. Not a green-and-yellow polyester jersey in sight! I also learned that one of the models was to be an actual NCFC player. The plot thickens…
On the day of the shoot, Emma arranged for me to meet her at 11am, at Hairsmiths salon on Guildhall Hill, along with Nakita, our gorgeous (inside and out, as I came to discover) female model, Pheobe, our make-up artist and graduate of the Jackie Hamilton School, and Deb, salon owner and hairstylist extraordinaire! I was aware of Deb’s superior hair-know-how from her regular column in Resident and so was rather nervous of her potential reaction to my own slightly dishevelled tresses.
As a result of the day, however, I have blagged myself a new hairdresser and some good hair-advice to-boot. Plus some not-for-the-squeamish insights into the less glamourous side of hairdressing, that I suggested should be the topic of her next Resident column… or maybe not.
Pheobe had already worked her magic by the time I arrived, but I got to watch Deb at work. Nakita is blessed with rather amazing hair as it is, but Deb’s attention served to transform it into a tumble of curls that would not look out of place in a children’s fairytale. Hair and make-up done, the five of us set off on our merry way to our very stylish shoot location. A car park. In Anglia Square. With a white van full of clothes that was to become a changing room. I know what you’re thinking- the glamour never ceases. We even took a little detour to Greggs for coffee…You can’t argue with a backdrop like this, though.
Our photographer for the day was the incredible Timesniper, who has shot for too many famous people to name. This is somewhat intimidating to a rookie like me. Thankfully, Paul (real name) is one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people I have met, so my nerves didn’t last long. After the arrival of Cameron Jerome, NCFC player and male model for the day, we were ready to begin. The shoot consisted of five outfits over four locations, each one slightly grimier than the last.
(Deb arranges Nikita’s hair ready for the first shot)
The first outfit was my favourite, with Nikita in an amazing patterned cape that would not look out of place at Coachella festival and had all of us ‘ooooh’-ing over, and Cameron in a stylish grey-and-black ensemble.
(Nakita and Cameron taking direction from Paul)
Nakita is a seasoned professional and has that magical photogenic quality that we all envy, so even in my little camera-phone snaps she looks amazing. Cameron has never modelled before but under Paul’s direction and with Nikita’s encouragement, he quickly got the knack. I’m thinking he might have a second career in the pipeline now!
(Cameron and Nakita trying various poses)
The second outfit was a (super cute) bobble-hat with checked-shirt-and-gilet combo for Nakita, while Cameron sported a dapper cardigan and black turtleneck that wouldn’t look out of place with a brandy and cigar and the smoking room of a gentleman’s club.
(Paul with Natalie shooting Nakita and Cameron in their second outfit)
With this next pose I couldn’t help having a bash at some amateur camera-phone photography!
The next outfit meant a change of scene, and we all headed round the corner to find a location with an appropriate level of dinginess. Thankfully we found a couple…
(Outfit three, Cameron in an edgy biker-style jacket, Nakita in parka and pink sweatshirt (not seen))
We found a paint splash that was exactly the same colour as Nakita’s sweatshirt! You can’t see it in this shot, unfortunately.
(Nakita in grey hooded zip-up sweatshirt, Cameron in relaxed raglan-sleeve jersey)
A yellow paint-splash to echo the NCFC colours; I maintain that Emma came with a paint can and did this the day ahead of our arrival, it all seemed a little too convenient… (It’s ok, I’m not really accusing The EDP fashion-editor of vandalism…)
Our final location was inside the underpass. Being a shoe-loving Norwich Lass I was loving the Van-Dal tag spray-painted onto the wall. Or maybe that wasn’t what the artist was actually going for…Another highlight are Nakita’s yellow wellies- model’s own.
(Nakita and Cameron enjoying the shoot)
Wow. What a day! My Norwich Resident shoot experience taught me a lot of things: Firstly that the fash-pack of Norwich are not scary and intimidating, but actually great fun, warm and encouraging people who I was privileged to spend the day with. Secondly, my camera-phone is much better than I thought it was- well done HTC! And lastly, this is an area I am really excited to get more involved in. Watch this space…
I hope you’ve enjoyed my behind-the-scenes exclusive! If so, who knows, maybe they’ll let me do another one sometime 😉
‘I’m Kate. I work in a museum and I studied Fashion at university. I like drinking hot beverages, eating all the foods, buying clothes from charity shops and looking at art. I like doing all of these things in Norwich, where I live with a ginger, bearded man, who is quite nice actually, and a vast collection of mugs.’