Photogrpaher/Micheal Naumoff::Creative Consultant/Hayley Bonham::Hair + Makeup/Molly Oakfield::Assistant Photographer/Kenyon Batterson:: Team Everything/Sam Elsom, Vicki Ellen, Rory Elsom
People are always asking me how does a CATGK Gyp-Zine shoot actually work. What does it really look like on the other side. Well, in a nutshell, chaos. A CATGK family shoot is complete and utter organised chaos. No glamour here folks. It is a crazy mix of kids, sometimes animals, unpredictable weather, cots, snacks, toys, steamers, racks, cameras, props, family, makeup, music, computers and love.
These images are outtakes from a special collaboration being launched next week with Witchery. A perfect place to share with you all the madness it takes and a few home truths.
1. A CATGK shoot does not come to life without family. That is the number one ingredient. People you can count on and trust. People that bring a smile to your children’s faces and make the experience about adventure and curiosity. Fun and love. When this stops so do we.
2. Imagine the glamour of a Vogue shoot on location then break it down with a scene from a kindergarten or daycare centre. Add in music playing from the movie FROZEN with racks of Witchery’s spring/summer collection mixed amongst portacots and small bicycles.
3. On hand must be loads of interesting snacks and food. To keep them happy and me from falling asleep. Also to take the crew’s mind of the fact that they are clearly not on a Vogue shoot.
4 A team of friends that are understanding and easy going. Shooting children can definitely send people over the edge. I need folk who go with the flow, embrace the noise and calamity and see it as something great. Folk who don’t mind having to stop everything so mummy can take a little someone to the potty to do a poo!
Mia Farrow with her mother actress Maureen O’Sullivan, 1960′s
About two years ago on a very misty, lazy Sunday morning in Milan I ran across this gentleman as he prepared for his Sunday bike ride. He was dressed so elegantly for a Sunday ride, but I guess I should expect that from Milanese by now. Our conversation was very brief and I forgot to get any of his contact information. I was very happy with the shot, but thought I would never run across him again.
Well, as I was shooting around the Versace show I see just the floating head of this gentleman glide by (his body and bike were hidden by a car). Traffic was heavy so as he slowed to navigate the cars and fashionistas I caught up to him and asked to take his photo. I was surprised when he instantly recognized me, “Yeah, you are The Sartorialist!, Cunningham!”
That Bill casts a long shadow.
This time I got his info, so hopefully we will be seeing more of Mr. Alborghetti on future Milan trips.
Story by the SARTORIALIST
Lou Doillon holds her son, Marlowe Mitchell (age 6), November 2008
Jayne Mansfield and her daughter, Mariska Hargitay.