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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: The Poster Version 2 (shoot # 8)

T 4 3 : V2

Introduction, a blog by Flash Gordon Photography

Shoot #8  (the extra shoot) – I hope someone is keeping count of the months!   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 .


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


Shoot # 8: (the extra shoot) The Poster Version 2

Did you notice that this is Poster Version 2?  In case you’re not following the blogs, Version 1 was awesome but Les and I decided that for the poster we would go for a slightly more ‘demure’ shot.   After all, we don’t want to create any accidents when fellas driving along slap their eyes on our gorgeous ladies.

The ladies obviously enjoyed the first round and were happy to come back for another shot.   This time it was shot pretty early in the morning, and Les, Jo and I hummed and aahed about whether it should be inside or outside.   There was an unusual amount of humming and aahing to be honest (that’ll be the pisceans!), and as we were working to a tight schedule a little hurry-up from me and we finally got settled into the shoot.  Mindful of the winter chill, once the scene had been agreed upon it was fast work so our poor ladies didn’t catch a cold!.

I’m sure by now you will have guessed where this this is being shot.   Lovely tea, amazing cakes, yummy food and all in beautiful surroundings.   You can even have a walk afterwards if you feel a bit guilty about all the calories you’ve just consumed.  I reckon a double pass to the show for anyone that correctly guesses all the public locations – I’ll check it out ‘with the committee’.

A meeting later in the afternoon and we agreed upon our poster image.  Still undecided, though, whether to use the original for the cover of the calendar  ……

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 # 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.