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20
Apr

Weshoot with Sixteen47 – Dawn French and Helen Teague

A rather exciting development in the studio. We recently had Sixteen47 send in their clothing for their first shoot.
Sixteen47 is the clothing line that has been developed for plus sized women by Helen Teague and Dawn French. The two of them met in the early 1990’s when, Dawn in search of good clothes wandered into Helen’s shop and loved what she found.

It was about a year later when Helen approached Dawn with a proposal to launch a clothing range together. It being something that Dawn had been thinking about for some time, it seemed that the pieces just fell into place.


They sent in a number of their newest collection into the Studio for a Weshoot session last week, bringing along their own mannequin. It was a new challenge to shoot this extended size range, however, the quality of the fabric, make and actual design meant that capturing the best from these fabulous garments was nowhere nearly as daunting a task as we first imagined it to be.

The clothes themselves have lovely designs, and as such clothes are designed with plus sized women in mind, the fit is flattering rather than it simply being a large copy made for smaller women.
For those who need and want stylish and interesting clothes that fit and work for both their personal and work life, this extended size range, know how demoralising it can be to clothes shop even online. The results are simple great clothes.

Sixteen47 is at 69 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 (0171 483 0733). French & Teague is also available in Evans outlets

Find out more, and check out their clothing range here

13
Apr

Fit for a Queen – Merchant Archive

At the end of last week Sophie Jones from Merchant Archive gave us a call and asked us if we could shoot a selection of their newest collection, and turn it around really quick. We always aim to please, so we rearranged a few things in the studio.

Their dresses truly are gorgeous. With fabulous silks in a selection of stunning, and we would say, regal colours. It made them an absolute pleasure to shoot. However, it was quite a challenge for our amazing team in the studio.
Merchant Archive began life in 2007 as a true archive sourcing and selling vintage clothes on appointment largely to designers for inspiration. In 2008 Sophie Merchant curated a corner of a small retail space, in a Victorian Lipton Tea shop, in Queens Park London, and three months later – due to demand – the small edit had taken over the entire space.

In 2011, keen to push the brand forward, Merchant Archive opened a new luxury location in Notting Hill and in 2013 Sophie slowly began to introduce key elements of her own designs.

In September 2014, due to the success of the label, the store became exclusively Merchant Archive collection offering womenswear, accessories, homeware and of course its heritage; an exquisite vintage archive.
SS15 launched exclusively with Net-A-Porter. For AW15, the brand grows further with select international stockists in Europe, Middle East, the Americas and Asia.

We loved her most recent range and look forward to seeing the next collection!

22
Mar

Marlow London’s Luxury Accessories

One of the best things about working in a photography studio is to see all the fantastic brands and products that come through and to meet the people behind them. This week was no different.

Chloe began designing her ‘This Bag’ collection whilst in her final year of University and so Marlow London was born in 2016. With experience working such brands as Burberry, Alice Temple and MatcheFashion.com Chloe knew exactly where she wanted her rand to sit in the maretplace.

She came into the studio on Monday to shoot of selection of her accessories, bags and scarves. Her bags combine conceptual art with high end luxury fashion, the idea is to challenge consumer’s perception of luxury.

She used both machines and got on really well with them flying through the shoot. And noting how it cut out the frills on her scarves with an element of wonder and relief that she wouldn’t have to do that herself in photoshop. Most of all, having full control over the shoot and post-production is, for a young brand that’s still establishing itself, immensely useful, allowing them to control the quality and styling of the imagery so that it is appropriate for the brands future. In addition, using our UShoot service, it works out much cheaper and much quicker than traditional photography, because you can walk out with your images that same day.

16
Mar

Props to Anna & Louis

Anna & Louis is an online boutique for women and children, created and run by Isobel, who for many years worked in the fashion Industry. She spent a lot of time, day to day, searching for the perfect piece of cloth that reflects a bit of her personality for both herself and her children: smart, casual, simple, chic. Often her choices gained her a lot of compliments. However, she decided there was something missing, she wanted to spend more time working for herself and more time with her children. So, she created Anna & Louis.

Isobel is heavily influenced by her experience of the Spanish fashion marketplace and by Spanish style. She thus provides a boutique where she sources a number of great, interesting Spanish brands. With an online personal shopper section to her website she aims to provide a service to help you find clothes for any occasion or to create your individual look.

Isobel’s passion and dedication is inspiring and really shows. One thing that we found very interesting when she came in to do her shoot was her desire to use props in the product photography. This isn’t the first time we’ve had a client use props, the effect can be a simple but startlingly effective one. Here she used flowers, for example a foxglove, the white of the foxglove flower highlights the clean crisp white of the piece, whilst gently introducing the green of the stem which adds contrast lifting the image, and giving it a little more life.

Previous shoots like one we did a while ago with Quack Quack Moo, a babywear company, have also used props.

It brings the clothing to life, it gives movement and creates a dynamic element to the imagery which is refreshing when compared to the clean cut almost surgical product photography you normally come across.

15
Mar

Pyrus shoot with UShoot Studios

We love having Ash come in with their fantastic ranges, he is enthusiastic, friendly and an extremely accomplished user of the vertical machine. So it is always a pleasure. It was his second visit to our studio recently and as last time he cracked on with a smile.

Ash and Lorraine met whilst studying at London College of fashion and then joined forces to establish Pyrus in 2005.
12 years on and Pyrus is doing very well with a really lovely selection of womenswear. The aim of their brand is easy wear modern classics. Clothes that won’t drop out of fashion next season, rather remain impervious to the swiftly changing courses of fashion fads.
Their designs are lovingly thought through, inspired by trips to everywhere from India to local art fairs and markets. Stocked internationally, across UK, Spain, France and even Japan, they now have a loyal following, and it is easy to see why.

Based in East London, UShoot was a great find for their product photography needs. The ability to control the shoot suits such a bespoke and unique brand very well. We very much look forward to seeing Ash next season with their newest ranges!

02
Mar

Jakss

Jakss Designer Children’s wear

Established in 1977, Jakss is one of the longest running Designer Children’s retailers in the U.K. Their store is based in London’s vibrant East End, a short walk from the Olympic Village. Over their long history Jakss has established itself as a leading destination for Children’s Luxury Fashion.

The demand for designer brands has grown over the years and Jakss has been at the forefront of that growth all the way, bringing designer brands into the U.K. market. They were the first to stock brands such as Oilily, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren and Stone Island. Over their long trading history, they have seen the children’s wear market go through many changes and they pride themselves on bringing the very best Designer Labels to our Customers each season.

We have been working with Shelley from Jakss for over two years now. This season they sent in a huge number of high end children’s wear. Over the last couple of weeks we have shot 120 pieces of Kenso, a great deal of Montcler, Hugo Boss and other brands such as Stone Island.

13
Oct

Bonsoir of London

Bonsoir of London came to us the other week with an Emergency. They needed their range of luxury nightwear to be shot, and they needed it now!

They were established in 1926, an era that celebrated the cocktail pyjama, where fashionable hosts entertained guests in their luxury loungewear, and they’ve been going strong ever since.

 

Bonsoir celebrates this timeless elegance, offering stylish designs carefully tailored to the highest standard using the finest quality fabrics, to ensure durability and exceptional comfort.

Their philosophy is one of exceptional quality, style and comfort.
When coming to capture these garments and properly expose them as the high end products they are, it takes a high quality of photography. So when they found us at Ushoot they were quite pleased.

170 items to be shot, using our new ModelShoot service as well as our product photography, and all in three to four days.
The gauntlet was laid down and we bent to pick it up.

We quickly discovered the difficulties of shooting these garments. Brushed cotton and silk creased quickly and easily meaning constant re-ironing. Plus capturing the garments in a manner that really showed the quality of the materials and the tailoring created new hardships.

We persevered, and our obstinence in the face of impending frustration was rewarded with done.

21
Sep

Model Shoot

Numerous of our clients have asked whether we can do model shots.

And we are here to say yes, yes we can. The increasing in demand has made it clear to us the only right and good thing to do would be to open up a space for model shoots in our studio.

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We really just couldn’t go on depriving people of this service.

The big fashion market place is moving inexorably towards leading with model shots supported by product imagery. However, this is hard for smaller companies to compete with.

So with our full package, combining model shots with our Styleshoot machines we have a photography studio that runs at a fraction of the costs in the fraction of the time.

 

23
Aug

Selvedge use WeShoot at Ushoot Studios

Selvedge recently sent in a number of really excellent items for us to shoot. Skirts, cushions, blankets. A range of products that display the variety of their textile based collections.

Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the breadth of the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story. There are many sides to every story and Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle life. All of us are inundated with textile sensation, from the moment we are taken and wrapped in our first blanket. It is a uniting aspect of all humanity and one that cannot be underrated.

It began as a small collection of textiles and designers. But has over the years grown into a haven of rarified textiles and esoteric treasures. Behind every item – whether a handmade candle or antique table linen is a story worth hearing.

The various nature of the items we needed to shoot for Selvedge was no problem with the machines. The versatility of the upright and horizontal together make what could otherwise have been a difficult and painful process quicker, and easier.

10
Aug

Elephants and Beards: Love ‘Love Brand & Co’

We had Oliver from Love Brand & Co. come in with some of their new range.

Love Brand Co. are one of our earliest customers and we love them, they’re passion for Elephants and their exellent products. We particularly enjoyed the fullness of Oliver’s beard on his most recent visit, Dan had to restrain himself from touching it…

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Love Brand & Co was founded by Oliver and Rose.

It was Oliver’s entrepreneurial spirit and design background and Rose’s heritage and knowledge of the Tropics, that led them to start a new swimwear label. Their Ethos was primarily to help save elephants from extinction in the wild. A concept they coined ‘Trunks for Trunks’. This was them expanded to include a variety of other charities that help endangered species.

The actual clothing encompasses with effortless ease the colours and spirit of summer.

Bright colours with sleek design paired with their passion and Ethos make this brand truly stand out.