Even allowing for things running later than expected, I assumed we'd all be home by midnight. As it was, I didn't finish packing up until 1.30am.
Preparations had been taking place at Morag Macpherson's studio in Kirkcudbright (see previous blog post, Preparations), where Ralph, Jody and Jojo from Basement 20 had been dealing with the hair and makeup of our models, Katarina and Jessica. Now it was time to head out to the location for the photo shoot.
Once on site, tea, coffee and home made flapjack from a hamper, courtesy of my wife Maggie, went down extremely well, then the shoot began.
With models, hair, makeup and video going on, there were 9 of us on site in total, making it was one of the largest shoots I've managed so far. Although it was all extra pressure, I found part of me thrived in the situation. Of course it helped that everyone was extremely professional and engaged in the project.
Here are a selection of some of the final images.
We might have finished later than hoped, but it all worked out in the end.
As an added bonus, here's the short video (under 2 mins) I put together using the footage shot by Jesse and Helen of Viridian Skies, who usually spend their time with astrophotography and night sky tours, but were kind enough to come out and do some filming for me. The music is comes from my band, The Cracked Man, where we took our song, Zero Energy, and added a dance beat. I was surprised at just how well that worked.
Morag is taking part in this year's Spring Fling Open Studio event (this weekend - 28th - 30th May). If you get the chance, do call in - she is studio 20 on the purple route.
Textile Design - Morag Macpherson - www.moragmacpherson.com - facebook.com/MoragMacphersonTextiles
Models - Jessica Lee - facebook.com/jessica.lee.9809672
and Katarina Marie Kositzki - www.katarinamariefoto.co.uk - facebook.com/katarinamariefoto
Hair and Makeup - Basement 20, Dumfries - Ralph Yates-Lee, Jody Crossan, Jojo Patterson - facebook.com/Basement-20-175835242466244
Photo shoot took place at - Meiklewood Farm, Ringford, Castle Douglas, DG7 2AL
Rural Mural backdrop - Morag Macpherson and Tellas - www.moragmacpherson.com - www.tellas.org - spring-fling.co.uk/sfrm
Video footage - Viridian Skies - Jesse Beaman and Helen Cockburn - www.viridianskies.com - facebook.com/viridianskytours
Photography and Video editing - me - www.kimayres.co.uk
Music for video - The Cracked Man - www.thecrackedman.co.uk - facebook.com/thecrackedman