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Calendar Girls: Shoot # 4 – The Poster

Tea for Three

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot #4 – you’ll be getting the hang of this now – but just in case you’ve missed 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.   This is the poster shot and our sponsor is Rainbow Falls Tea Room .

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.

We’re having a competition. The first person to correctly guess the venue of every image that is taken in a public setting will win two passes to the show. Post your list to the facebook page when we have completed the blogs – don’t worry we will remind you!!


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


Shoot # 4: The Poster

We really put a lot of thought into how we can put the set together so that everyone is shown in their best light, and are comfortable – hopefully, even happy with the outcome.  Easier to achieve with one person than with three – particularly when at least two of the people on the set are Pisceans.   For the poster, there are other complications – for example, we also needed to leave enough space within the photo for the wording.

A great location for this shot, the perfect tea rooms, and the perfect hostess.   Fay laid tables for us, got her best crockery out and it all worked out pretty perfectly.   The biggest problem was getting order amongst the ranks!!     It took us a little longer setting this one up as the lighting and angle was quite important as was making sure ‘bits’ and ‘bobs’ were modestly covered whilst at the same time having some ‘reveal’.  While I adjusted the lighting, the ladies were happy chatting and it gave them the opportunity to relax into their roles and forget about me!

A grand cuppa tea courtesy of Fay helped to get me into gear – I was spoiled today with two helpers – (Trudie and Jo) and their presence smoothed the process along., with Jo checking that I was giving her enough space for her poster design.  I think the shoot went pretty well and the only potential problem was that the shots were needed in landscape and portrait and, to my eye, they looked so much better in landscape.   Did I say the only problem?   How silly!!  The real problem was the confusion as to whether or not we could, could not, should, should not, had to or didn’t have to, have a sunflower in each shot.    Three shots already done without a sunflower and not being keen on ‘photoshopping’ one in, I am hoping that we have some flexibility around the issue.  Anyway, for now we did poster shots with and without the sunflowers.   Gggrrr.     Here are our poster posers and a sneak peek at our lovely setting.


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 Introduction and Shoot #1 – November

Anita – ‘November

Welcome to Calendar Girls, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Heard of the film Calendar Girls?   If not, watch it – it’s a great movie.   In a nutshell, its based on a true story around a branch of the Women’s Institute in the UK – they’re a pretty staid bunch, into growing vegetables, flower arranging, knitting, doing good and being supportive of the community – you get the idea.   Sadly, one of the ladies’ husband passes away as a result of cancer.  The facilities in the hospital ward weren’t great so the ladies of the W.I. decide they would like to raise funds for – at least – a new sofa in the relatives room.

The ‘rebel’ in this particular W.I. branch, (renowned for her ‘crazy’ schemes), hits upon the idea of a calendar with each month featuring one of the ladies going about their ‘Women’s Institute’ business – with a twist.   They are nude!!  We are talking about ladies ranging from their mid 30’s to as old as you would like to imagine.  This was pretty shocking for the time (1990’s in a small Yorkshire village).  However, the Calendar is done tastefully and becomes a huge success morphing into films, plays and – yes, even more Calendar Girls.   They raised funds for far more than a chair and now each Calendar produced courtesy of ‘Calendar Girls’ also donates funds to a Cancer Charity.

So that’s’ where we come in.   Stage Door Theatre Company is putting on the play Calendar Girls, producing a Calendar of our own fair ladies – with most of their ‘kit orf’  all tastefully done, of course.   A contribution of the sale proceeds will go to NZ Child Cancer Foundation.

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 # 1: November

My partner in crime (Les Robinson) and I met up in Paihia to head over to Russell for our first Calendar Girls shoot. Les had arranged for the first photo (watering veggies) to be taken early one morning at a beautiful property in Russell.    The gardens were fabulous.    Les led me down to the ‘greenhouse’.   Due to the time of year, there was a bit too much green and not enough veggies as much of it had been collected.  After a fortifying coffee to warm us up and get us going, we located a watering can and before our first lady arrived to ‘get ‘er kit orf’, we set about testing the shoot – this involved Les holding the watering can in various positions – which we had to alter every few minutes thanks to the arrival of the sun, which led us to juggling with the huge selection of plants and ties which were casting zebra like stripes across Les’s face.   Les found me a step ladder to balance on the slope just outside the greenhouse, and our model arrived.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day for our first shoot, or a better model.   The sun had finally come out, the temperature was warming up and our model was starting to relax.    In the original photos, a sunflower was used in each photo and to represent our Kiwi calendar, we are featuring a pohutukawa flower, and I look forward to finding interesting ways to include the flowers in each and every shot.  This month’s sponsor is Zap Water.


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

November is a wrap!   Here’s what we started with …. wait for the Calendar to see what we finished with!