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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 13 – January

Wine and Music

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

The Final Shoot: We gathered at Jo’s house, the fire was warm, the wine was ready and the piano was waiting for today’s model.

I can’t believe it’s all over. It’s been a lot of work, but such a lot of fun too, with some very brave ladies. I hope we manage to raise some funds for the Stage Door’s chosen charity with our calendar sales.

The calendar is on sale now around Kerikeri. It’s a great way to support both our community and a very worthwhile cause. 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 Kainui Vineyard.


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


The last shoot: January

This evening’s shoot is ‘the piano’ shoot, accompanied by some lovely Kainui wine.

As usual, we tested the shot first, which did mean pouring a glass of yummy Kainui Syrah 2015. However, we had to reframe from drinking it as the wine and was needed for our shoot. How hard was that! ( Very).

Jo banished her husband and boys into their rooms so we could have some privacy for the shoot. Curtains drawn – it was cozy, warm and private. Whilst we waited for tonight’s model we checked out the images from yesterday, and chatted about the marketing strategy..  

Jocelyn arrived and we checked the set out with her in place and clothed. We needed to make a few alterations and get the shoot done so that the ladies could get to rehearsal. This was the last shoot for the Calendar, and I have met some lovely ladies. I feel confident that the show will be a great success and I look forward to seeing it.

As well as the fundraising calendar, $5 from each ticket sold will be donated the NZ Child Cancer Foundation, as will a donation from the sales of the Calendars. What a great opportunity to see a moving, yet humourous play, whilst at the same time donate towards a worthy Charity.

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


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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 12 – December

Christmas comes but once a Year?

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot # 12. The Christmas Shot! One more shot left to go after this one. My gosh, I’m going to miss these lovely ladies.

This is the penultimate blog of 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 sponsors for this month are Flash Gordon Photography and The Little Herbal Company..


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


Shoot # 12: December

Les and I just had time to pick up some sunflowers, Christmas Hats (and coffee) as we made our way to the second shoot of the day. 

We arrived at an absolutely awesome property for our Christmas shoot.   A  beautiful grand piano awaited us, together with a decorated Christmas Tree (many thanks to Jo Danilo for the tree, and Wendy at Puttsgreen Florest for the decoratins), and we set about a bit more furniture rearranging.   As this was a bigger shoot, I increased the lighting set up and waited for our 11 models to arrive.   Our host was very interested in the proceedings, and we suggested the he might like to make himself scarce before our ladies bared all!   Next to arrive on the scene was Peter de Graf from the Northern Advocate.   I think the idea of eleven nude women of a ‘certain age’ was even too much for Peter and we quickly arranged to have a “pre de-robing” media photo of all our lovely Calendar Girls before we got into the December shot.

Peter departed and we got on with arranging the ladies around the piano for the Christmas shoot.   Jackie (producer for the Play) attended this shoot, and I was grateful for her help, our ladies were a little ‘excitable and chatty’.  It’s a challenge to say the least, to keep 11 people absolutely in position and smiling in-sync.   We had to rearrange the ladies several times to enable us to see each and every one of them – and then to only see what we needed to see!

Shot finally done and dusted, I showed the ladies their Calendar shots before we go to print, and went about the business of packing down.  

The day with Stage Door not quite finished, I attended a rehearsal of the ‘Photography/Nude’ Act to advise on placement of props etc.   It was great to see the Play making progress – the ladies are fabulous, it is going to be such a great show!.

One more shoot to go then we are done.   I’ll miss Les and the the girls, its been a great experience.

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


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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 11 – June

Spinning a right yarn …

Denise – JUNE

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot # 11. Sunday – how I would have loved a lie-in today.   But no!  Its up and off to the first shoot of the day, set up at 9.30am.   I know to many people a 7.30am alarm is already mid morning but not me, and probably not on a Sunday!    Julian and I had breakfast together and I set off with a full belly, and arrived just a little before Les. We are, of course, extremely grateful to our sponsors and venue owners who also get out of. bed on a Sunday morning just to accomodate us!.   

Almost finished now with 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.   Thie sponsor for this month is Pins & Needles.


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


Shoot # 11:

 Diane, was our host for the first shoot of today and she was very accomodating as we shifted her furniture around and rearranged the shop for our set.   We moved two sets of shelves (thankfully on wheels) in place to shelter our model from any passers-by.   Les reminded me how – when it was her turn, the scrim that we put in place to black out the windows was being blown hither and thither by the strength of the wind and she was a tad nervous that people would be able to see if. However, the shops were closed, very few people were around and we managed to give her some privacy!   Today’s set in place and happy with the look, and the privacy we had achieved, we set about choosing some suitable props that would ensure the modesty our model.

Denise arrived and soon we were into the shoot.   As usual, we had to tinker a little with our props, but Denise smiled through it all and before long another shoot was completed.  This shoot is eligible for the completion to win two passes to the show.

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

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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 10 – August

You can’t beat a good read!

Penny – AUGUST

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot # 10. We have had such an awesome reception from every ‘location’ owner or sponsor and also anyone that we have spoken to about this project.   I am sure the Calendar will sell like hotcakes.   It’s a great way to supporting both our community and a very worthwhile cause.

Nearing the end now of the blogs for 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.   Thie sponsor for this month is Molly’s Bookstore.


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


Shoot # 10: August

In-between showers and battling through a howling wind I found my way to our next shoot.  I managed to get from my car to the shoot with all my gear in-between showers, so that was pretty neat.   I loved this location, an absolute treasure trove, now discovered never to be forgotten – I had always walked past.   However,  I fear I will never be able to walk straight past again, without nipping in to check out ‘the inside’.   My ‘Calendar Girls Companions’ were already there waiting for me and we set up quickly and chatted whilst we waited for today’s beautiful model.

We tested the set with the model fully clothed, and happy it was looking just right, Miss August, aka Penny settled into the pose and, I reckon, showed us the best legs in Kerikeri.  This was an interesting shoot, whilst we thought we had every little area covered that should be covered with each photo there was a slightly different angle which showed something that we didn’t want to see – I’m not necessarily talking about flesh here either – it was a tiny space and getting the angle right was a little awkward.   Penny was gorgeous and patient with us and once we sorted out our set we got a lovely image pretty quickly.   With many thanks to this ‘month’s’ sponsor and location and, of course, to our beautiful model.

Job done then, and it being Friday night I felt that us 3 ladies deserved a glass of wine so we popped down to the relatively new buzzing venue in town, Ferment.   The wine was delicious and it was great to see folk from our community of all different ages popping in for a quick end of week wind down before heading off home to a warm fire.

This shoot will count for the competition so make note of where it was taken.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyright 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.


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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 9 – March

Such a pretty flower …

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot # 9 – Wow! Two-thirds of the way through, just 3 more shoots to go. It’s co-incidental that we have had January, February and March all one after the other – don’t for a moment think we have been THAT organised! After this we will be jumping to August. And just to confuse matters, we’re probably switching January and July!

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.   Thie sponsor for this month is Puttsgreen Florist.

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. Today’s shoot is in the competition for two passes – so take note!


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


Shoot # 9: March

The owner of today’s location and I got together a few days before the shoot to consider a setting that would be fitting for this particular image.   When I arrived just before closing time, I was so impressed at the extra time and effort Wendy had put into making the set look just perfect – thank you!!

Our only problem was that the shot was taking place in the window.  I don’t think our model would appreciate being on view to Kerikeri, and an added problem was the camper van and occupant parked right outside the premises – door wide open watching the proceedings as we prepped for the shoot.

I bought along a backdrop and we had decided to ‘black’ the windows out.   The wind (today was the day of the tornados) wasn’t quite agreeing with us but we did a pretty good job.  Les arrived and gently asked ‘campervan-man’ if he wouldn’t mind just moving along to the next parking space so that he wasn’t right in the middle of the shoot.   I’m pleased to say he was very obliging.

Trudie came along as a second pair of eyes and the shot got underway.   Whilst the shot was pretty quick as the setting was already in place, our lovely model was quite particular and we took a few shots before we got one that she was happy with – which, of course, is very important!!

It’s fitting that our March model was also a Piscean.  We are now two-thirds of the way through and whilst I have being doing the blogs as we go, the release date will be next week, so time for some final spell-checking.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyright 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.


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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 8 – February

It’s an artist’s perspective ..

Introduction

Shoot # 8 -We’re working our way through the Calendar shoots,  and so far we are all pleased with the results.   Its a delicate balance to achieve, (near) nudity whilst at the same time maintaining an essence of the demure and total respect for our models. 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.   Thie sponsor for this month is Merchants of Kerikeri.

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.


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


Shoot # 8: February

1st June and the official start of winter.   Nature made it known that she really meant it and the temperatures dropped.   Our next shoot was in a ‘warehouse’, with two models.   Seriously, it was cold, and no heaters (note to self, take a heater to winter shoots).  We wandered around the warehouse, inspected all the nooks and crannies, borrowed chairs and cushions and other ‘props’.  

One of our models was great friends with the business owner and it was difficult to stop them chatting (women eh!) so we could capture the shot.   Interest in their news over-rode the cold – Les called order and the shoot proceeded. 

All angles covered, everyone happy with the shot, we packed down.   Our models were awesome bearing in mind the winter snap and cold temperatures.  I am so impressed with how all of our models are really overcoming nerves and putting on such a great performance – smiles achieved all round.   I think it also helps them to get into the right frame of mind for the Play.  I can’t wait to see it!

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyright 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.


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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 7 – July

The baking of buns!

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot #7  –  We’re steaming through the shots now – I am really enjoying it!  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 Makana.

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.


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


Shoot # 7: July

I arrived to set up the lighting for the shoot – after the premises had closed of course! Les and Jo arrived hot on my heels. Having checked out the ‘props’ for this evening’s shoot I was really looking forward to it.  Our hosts were awesome, they plied us with wine – to relax our model of course – and then made themselves scarce whilst we got on with the business of …. well you’ll need to wait for the Calendar to see what we were up to!

This month’s shoot was as smooth as the wine we were knocking back and we were packed up and done in no time. I am loving working with these ladies, everyone is amazingly ‘chilled’ – considering! What a great journey we’re having – and it’s good to know that from the sales of the Calendar we will be able to make a donation to NZ Child Cancer Foundation.  

Remember to keep a note of where you think each month has been shot (public premises) the first person to post all the premises correctly will win two passes to the show. How great is that?! I’ll post a reminder in the last blog. This shoot is a ‘public’ location.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyright 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.


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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 6 – October

A beautiful day for making Jam

Steph – OCTOBER

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot #6  –  Phew!!   Halfway there.   This has been enormous fun, what a novel way to meet people!!!   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.   Thie sponsor for this month is Ludbrook Farm .

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.


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


Shoot # 6: October

A short break from Calendar Girls, off for a few days with the family to visit my son in Melbourne – it’s been too long, I miss the kids when they’re not at home.    After a great few days with the boys, we had a ‘bit of a journey’ coming back from Melbourne, and we eventually arrived home, everyone a bit tired and travel weary – how is it that travelling is so exhausting when you’re really doing very little?    However no rest for the wicked!!   Up early the next morning for the October shoot.

Les, Trudie and I met at this morning’s venue to prepare for our model.  Our location today is a truly beautiful space- however, the weather was a ‘bit iffy’so we were pleased to be shooting inside.   Today was ‘jam’ day.     Unable to locate an old-fashioned orange press, we looked for the next best thing – a large ‘pan’ and some oranges (freshly picked – thanks Les) – not quite orange yet, but they looked the part!   The idea is for the set to look like ‘jam making’ and it was complimented by chutneys and pickles from this month’s sponsor, Ludbrook Farms.   Lighting and positions checked we were ready to go.

Steph’s husband escorted her – the first man to attend our ‘all female’ shoots.   It was a bit disconcerting having a man around, but I’m pleased to say when time came to ‘de-robe’ he was nowhere to be seen.    Each shoot comes with its own challenges as we work with different locations, props and ‘body’ sizes.  I am able to take studio lighting with me on location which certainly which helps a lot.  Les and I (usually with either Jo or Trudie assisting), arrive early, check the setting for position etc., and then the model takes her place fully clothed so we can make adjustments to ensure ‘all angles are covered’.   However, we pretty much always have to make some final tweaks once our model is ‘nude’ but try to keep this time to a minimal and we laugh and joke to keep everything light-hearted – a frustrated or anxious model wouldn’t make for a good shoot!    Steph was a natural and another shot was completed in good time.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyright 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.


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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.


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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 3 – May

Greenfingers for gardening

Viv – MAY

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot # 3 – in case you’ve not yet starting following our blogs, 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.   This month’s sponsor is LJ Hooker, Kerikeri.

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.


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


Shoot # 3: May

This morning’s shot was gardening.   The previous night was a full moon – my dogs celebrated by adopting wolf mode and howled most of the night.   Not one to be left out, my darling husband joined them, snoring and snorting his way through the night.   Little sleep for me and I roused this morning with a ‘not enough sleep’ headache.   Arriving for the shoot (ten minutes late – everything takes longer with a headache), we had decided on a typical kiwi garden shot – on the ride-on mower.   As usual, we gave the shot a test run, positioned the mower and were joined by the dogs and the cat who it seemed, were determined to get in on the act.   No black pussies in laps in my shoots!!   Well, not this one anyway, we can save that for another day.   I don’t think our model would have thanked me either.

Our vivacious model arrived in her bear ‘onesey’, (or should I say bare onesey?).   I was so impressed the all our models (so far) had read the instructions – no bras or tight clothes – evening make up, brown or red lipstick!!    Just as an aside, I want to say that I love dogs.   They can have a complete determination which leaves you in no doubt as to where the saying ‘like a dog with a bone’ comes from.   For example, they were hell bent on showing us that our role was actually to throw balls for them (not to play with cameras and mowers!).  They’re pretty good at it as they follow you around and drop their ball at your feet and wait (doggedly) until you pick it up.    I thought if I ignored them they would ignore me – who was I kidding!!!   

Our model was indeed Viv-acious, wonderfully at ease and a pleasure to work with.  Happy we had got the shot we moved off to one side and I glanced back.  Actually I liked this angle so much more!!  A few clicks and another month in the bag.   Thank you Viv.  You are gorgeous.


PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images copyright 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.