Into the Woods...

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A little peek behind-the-scenes at this year's Christmas promotional photo-shoot and where my inspiration came from.

I wanted to do something a little different for my Christmas window display, so this year I have gained some inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite artists. You may recognise Jemima, the lovely model I've chosen from the meadow photo-shoot back in the summer, her fair complexion and long wavy reddish-brown hair suited the overall look I was aiming for.

The shoot took place late on an autumnal afternoon, it didn't take long to find the perfect spot to set up a makeshift studio with my trusted lighting technician, armed with a variety of lights and reflectors to choose from.

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For those of you who want to know, the lens I'm using is my favourite 70-200mm f2.8, I tend to shoot on a low ISO and slow shutter speed, to allow for a mix of ambient light and continuous or flashlight.

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To view the final photograph on display, please visit us on Thursday 16 November for the Grand Window Reveal for some of Oxted's festive window displays, and for the town's official Christmas Lights switch on at 7pm - with late night shopping too!

Photographs of loved ones make ideal and original Christmas gifts - to book your studio or location photo-shoot, or to place an order for a personalised gift voucher, please call the studio on 01883 722282 - thank you.