Stage Door

Calendar Girls: Shoot # 5 – September

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot # 5 – If you’ve missed some of the previous blogs – you can catch up by visiting my website below.   This is the shoot of the Calendar for the Play ‘ Calendar Girls’, being put on by Stage Door Theatre Company this August.   A donation from the proceeds of the sale of the calendar will go to NZ Child Cancer Foundation, and this is also a great way of celebrating the ladies in our community.   Each month is sponsored by a local business and we thank them for their support.   Most, but not all, of our models also appear in the Play.   The sponsor for this month is Rintoul .

With each ‘month’ that we photograph I’ll be producing a blog.   The months will be in the order of either the availability of the shoot location or the model.

It’s a bit of a journey around the Bay of Islands, so please do have a go at guessing where each shot is taken. This shoot is part of the Competition.


Stage Door Theatre Company presents Calendar Girls 01-04 August at The Turner Centre


Shoot # 5: September

Last shot of the day, and hot on the heels of the poster shoot came the tea room shot.   Originally, we had discussed our model pouring a cup of tea with the teapot strategically placed.   However, I felt it would look better with a tray and had already spotted the ideal candidate from an earlier visit to the tea rooms.   Fay again came up trumps, the perfect tea set (Mad Hatter) a deep tray and off we went.

Lighting set up and in place, model relaxed and ready, this was the smoothest and quickest shoot of ‘em all.   

Phew!   Packed away, got home.  Remembered what I had forgotten to do.  Quickest shoot indeed!   I had forgotten the ‘blog’ shot for this month.   Still not to worry, here’s one I made earlier.   Meet ‘September’ and pooches.

Back in the quiet of home, I reflected on the Poster Shot, I felt if the shot were just head and bare shoulders it would be far better ‘poster’ shot, although the image as shot would be a lovely calendar shot,   The difference?  The poster potentially will be huge and seen by every person that walks, drives past.   The calendar, on the other hand is only available to those who purchase it – so a more ‘exclusive’ audience.   I telephoned Les who had exactly the same thoughts, isn’t it great when you’re both on the same wavelength!  I left it to the very capable Les to organise another shoot.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyrighrt Claire Gordon, Flash Gordon Photography at Take Five Agency, Design & Marketing

Have a guess at our beautiful locations which are shot throughout the Bay of Islands.