The run up to the shoot was a blur of admin – buying roses, planning shots, organising models and arranging for delivery of underwater equipment. There was one question that had never arisen, but hit us like a slap in the face as we unpacked around the pool: how would the shoes behave in the water? This could be a fatal blow to the spring/summer lookbook if the leather on the shoes morphed and buckled following hours underwater, but we’d got this far so we had to give it a go!
Fortunately for us, the shoes took like a duck to water, and our wonderful photographer Claudia Legge could work her magic from the bottom of the pool. If you haven't come across any of Claud's work than you should definitely check her out - her shots create amazing and beautiful worlds underwater and she's the nearest you'll get to a modern day mermaid.
The nature of working underwater is such that however many shots you meticulously plan, the best are often the ones that surprise you and happen organically on the day. A combination of movement, poses and the effect that the light source provides can create the most unexpected results. A prime example of this can be seen in the orange sherbets shot when the laces appeared to 'hold hands'. I can not imagine trying to achieve this shot from the start, and it's a stroke of luck that we ended up with it.
Flanked by four leggy models, the atmosphere on the day was one of collaboration and fun. Everyone was pitching in and no one was afraid to get their hands dirty or their hair wet and I could not have wished for a better team to be working with. Roll on Autumn/Winter...