Sunday, 17 June 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman...and Casey a cave and being very brave!

Its been a great and varied week, from photographing the launch of the Brazilica Festival, to being in an abandoned building in the torrential rain photographing my gorgeous friend , to more rain on the beach with a fabulous family from all over the world.......I quite like the places that photography takes me!

But I have to say that the absolute highlight of my week was going to the Cinema.....yep you heard me! Now I love films , big action movies, with heroes and villains and zombies and serial stories and chick flicks just don't do it for me. The film in question was Snow White and the Hunstman and normally I might have been interested in seeing this but I was completely over the top excited to see it as I saw some of it being filmed and photographed the gorgeous Casey in some of the locations!

let me start from the beginning , Casey is a good friend of mine who lives and breaths the landscape she lives in - Cumbria. She climbs, walks for miles and is always on the lookout for her next adventure. She contacted me last year to ask if I would photograph her in the area that she lives and she mentioned she was keen on trying to get some nude images. So on a very cold grey day we met up in the Lakes and started with some simple portraits

We then headed to a cave, a beautiful hidden space which seemed to have been closed off to the public for a few days....and then we found out why - the filming for Snow White and the Huntsman had been taking place in there the day before! We looked for any evidence they may have left behind....a script, a clapperboard , a Huntsman.....but not a thing! So Casey decided this was the place to be brave and these are the images we created, it was truly a special place to be, I felt very privileged to be asked to do this. I love to photograph women and to be able to use this incredible environment too was amazing

We were a little giddy with excitement when we left to head to a small lake in the shadow of the Langdales, but we got even more giddy on the way when we saw the helicopter, then looked across the ridge and saw the Dwarves, the Huntsman and Snow White! Filming was continuing all around the area and we had landed right in the middle of it. After a quick chat with the location team and Casey using all her charms we got permission to head down to the lake, we did have to try and convince the crew to stay away but when they realised what Casey was planning we seemed to attract a lot of attention......including the helicopter who came and landed by the side of us, then took off again and dipped near us to splash Casey as she was stood in the water!

So thats why, this week , Casey and I met up at the Cinema to watch this fabulous film, we squealed and giggled and got excited all over again when we saw the cave and the ariel shots of the dwarves, the Huntsman and Snow White on the ridge. 

I do get awestuck, I do love the movies and movie stars and to know that we were a little part of the Snow White experience in Cumbria still gives me goosebumps. To think that I may have photographed Kirsten Stewart and Chris Hemsworth is a little bit surreal.

And now I am ready to do it all again , so if Steven Spielberg or Ridley Scott are reading this and need a location photographer then my bags are packed and my camera is at your disposal, and if you can cast Sean Connery is the lead then all my dreams will come true - thats not a lot to ask is it!!!

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Katrin said...

Ah, I remember that blog post from last year but I didn't realize that it was that particular movie.
Fantastic, it must have been really special to watch that film in the cinema.
Oh, and those pictures you took of Casey are awesome! And, I hasten to add, she is a very brave woman.

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