Bring together colourful textiles, a stunning location, fabulous styling and modelling and to me you have a textile photographer’s dream!
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to photograph a selection of gorgeous scarves, beautifully designed by textile designer Alex Hogarth. Alex is head of design at House of Hogarth, a luxurious accessory store based in the picturesque Scottish Borders. I have enjoyed many trips to their Melrose shop, delving through the wonderful textiles, rows of gorgeous scarves, collections of hats and gloves and tempting accessories. It was therefore a great privilege to have the opportunity to work with some exclusive designs from their new Spring Summer 14 collection.
….and to have a location as beautiful as The Kingsknowes glasshouse conservatory in order to capture these beautiful products was really the icing on the cake. I only found out after the photo shoot that prior to being converted into a hotel in the 1960s, The Kingsknowes Hotel was originally built in 1869 for a local textile mill owner. With the Scottish Borders being the heart of the textile industry, it’s not difficult to find textile connections everywhere you look.
The Edwardian Conservatory is charming and elegant, with beautiful views onto the terrace gardens and spectacular views of the Eildon Hills and River Tweed in the distance. Running around the perimeter of the conservatory snakes an intriguing grape vine – tucked up at the time of year but in the Summer I’m told bursts into life and yields an abundance of fine fruit. A wonderful location to relax and enjoy a high tea in the height of the season!
The weather on the whole played ball. We had a selection of sun, cloud and a little drizzle – which didn’t dampen our spirits at all! Lovely to be kept dry inside the conservatory and look out at the views while enjoying a cupcake from our items of props!
Thank you to all the team for a thoroughly enjoyable day. To Alex, Steph and the team from House of Hogarth for their wonderful scarves, to Jenni for her fabulous modelling and to all at The Kingsknowes Hotel for kindly allowing us to use their setting as a base.
If you own a textile business, whether that be in the Scottish Borders or elsewhere in Scotland, and would like to find out more about photography for your business, please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you.
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