Alexander Ward

La Plage

Alexander Ward
La Plage

It was Thursday and I was starting to feel anxious. I'd had this shoot in my mind for months and Storm Brian was threatening to make it too windy, too wet and too cold. I had four people giving up their time and relying on me to get it right.

It'd had this shoot in my mind for months, just a gut desire to create something that mixed the feel of a Californian beach with the harshness of The North. I wanted something dramatic and gritty that presented the Northern spirit - full of integrity, courage and strength. 

Arguably, I could've chosen a better time to have done this shoot - waiting until the tip of winter and then the arrival of a storm wasn't my best move, but I had total faith we'd create something special and use the drama of the environment to tie the whole thing together. 

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I was truly blessed with a superb team who were unfathomable in the face of some dire conditions; Anete (modelling), Robin (modelling & MUA), Lauren (styling) and Ryan (assisting). A particular mention should go to this remarkable team who not only gave their time to create something unique, but have utter faith that I'd get things done. I'd lie if I said I wasn't getting nervous at one stage, but we pulled together and got it nailed. 

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After the pickups from Manchester, we ventured north to Silverdale where we were afforded with sweeping landscapes over a rough coastline. We jumped into things, finding a sliver of beach and passing warnings signs of quicksand and fast-moving tides. What felt like minutes later, the tide was cutting us off and threatened to seclude our shoot for a few hours - we seized an opportunity to escape and joined the main beach. 

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The weather grew harsher, presenting a steeper challenge but a bigger lure to put it in the scene. Anete and Robin were incredible - standing by the coast, powerful in their refusal to concede to the rough waters battering their backs. Ryan was right there with me, holding a giant umbrella and blankets and protecting my kit. 

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After a brief respite in the local, we move onto a cove where we're given the start of a sunset, caves, less drama but more quicksand. We capture those relaxed beach shots lingering in my head, then use the rocks before calling it a day, tired, cold but rewarded. 

P.S.
There's some video to follow... ;) 

 

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