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11 / Sep 2017
What better backdrop for our latest unique design, the Aston Lantern, than the amazing Homme House at Much Marcle in Ledbury?
An early start was in order to catch the best of the sunlight and we were lucky to be blessed with a beautiful morning. The workforce comprised of photographer Dan Barker, stylist Suzie Snell, with technical support coming from our very own Simon. Homme house is a beautiful 14th Century home that has seen many different occupations in its life time, including acting as a hospital during the Second World War. What better place to recuperate than this picture-perfect spot of Herefordshire’s countryside!
Before arriving at the venue, we had worked with Dan on creating a list of the kind of images we were looking to achieve. As there are over 100 different combinations for the Aston Lantern it was important for us to create a comprehensive list of what combinations we wanted to photograph. This was a saving grace as when we walked into the gorgeous panelled room for the main product shots we could have easily got carried away and spent all day creating images in there, forgetting to explore the rest of the extraordinary house.
When we were setting up the shots against the panelled background, the stylist team were busy setting up the next shot using the beautiful shelving unit from Swoon Editions called ‘Axel’. In terms of styling we were certain that we wanted the Lantern to be the star of the show. We had learnt from previous set-ups that lighting can easily be lost within the props of the frame so it was important to us that we dressed the shots with few props and minimal distractions. We took inspiration from a collection of images that we love, and introduced a pop of colour with a bowl of lemons, and some softness and texture through a stack of vintage papers and maps. This contrasted against the super modern white glass lantern, acting as an Objet d’art, and resulted in an image we all loved. Admittedly, it was off the shot-list but that is also an important lesson to learn that when working with highly creative people, it is important to embrace the ‘happy accidents’.
Soon it was time to stop for lunch. As the sun was shining we took full advantage of our beautiful setting and took our sandwiches outside. Charlie, the gracious home owner could not resist snapping us relaxing in the sun as we ate looking out over the Malvern Hills.
After lunch we moved our set-up across the corridor into the Library. We were most excited to see how the Aston Lantern would look in this setting. Within the Library we had 3 very different kind of shots. One against the impressive yet fantastically busy wallpaper, another using the books as a backdrop, and the third using the piano as a surface for the table lamp. Using each of these backdrops in contrast with the combination of metal and glass in the lantern, the Aston looked extraordinary. The polished brass and smoked glass is very gentleman’s club or speakeasy bar, whereas the white glass and the nickel gives a more Art Deco feel. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun creating different aesthetic themes within the backdrop of the library. We hope that you agree, the results of the photoshoot are exquisite.
A brilliant video of the day from photographer Dan at Dan Barker studios