Thursday, 10 April 2014

1960's Mod-inspired Collaboration at Lane 7

Last Summer I collaborated with local photographer Sarah Raymond (now in London), on an urban-retro shoot round Byker. We had a great day stumbling across random but perfect locations with model Georgia Thompson and photography assistant Ellen Rachel, such as JJ's Cafe with it's charmingly unpretentious yellow walls and mismatched paintings, and Hazel's Fruit and Veg stall with its traditional fat green and white stripes.

Image by Sarah Raymond Photography

More recently I noticed Ellen, the photographer who assisted on the shoot, post onto Facebook advertising to see if anyone would be interested in taking part in a 1960's mod-inspired collaboration. Having enjoyed working with her previously and already having a strong love of mod style (oh the youthful classiness and timelessness of it all!), I jumped at the chance to take part.

Image by Ellen Rachel

Image by Ellen Rachel

Image by Ellen Rachel

Gorgeous blue-eyed local model Kitty Quinzell also loved the theme, then another great addition to the team came in the form of dapper male model Koshy Thomas!

Kitty Quinzell

Koshy Thomas

Using Pinterest as a starting point for inspiration, we looked at editorials, we looked at clothes, we looked at make-up and hair, we looked at everything! Coming to the realisation that monochrome mod shoots had been done to death, and that we weren't the only people organising a mod-style shoot, we agreed on keeping the look contemporary and fresh with the addition of pastels to add some originality. Some of the colours will be used in the make-up, for which we've booked Maximillion Makeup and Hair (if you haven't checked her out, she's a genius...just look at her make-up portraits!)

Image taken from Pinterest

With discussions over the shot location, we decided that new boutique bowling venue Lane 7 looked a promising possibility! Unlike a typical bowling alley, Lane 7 is pretty much a really glossy bar with a bit of an industrial feel, with 10-pin bowling, ping pong and pool added in without the horrible hotdogs and moulded seats. To put it simply, the design of the place is retro-revisited, maintaining a retro charm whilst looking really contemporary, perfect for the look we're going for. It only took a quick visit and a few emails (Chrissie the events extraordinaire has been unbelievably generous!) and we're all booked in!

Lane 7

Lane 7

Lane 7

I think it's safe to say we're all really excited for this shoot, we have a fantastic team, a great venue and the final images will also be published in local fashion and music magazine, Darkus! Will post more very shortly!

Melanie xx


  1. Sounds fabulous. Can't wait to see what you all come up with. Xxxx

    1. Aw thanks Kelly :) the shoot went great and I'm really looking forward to seeing the final pics. Coincidentally enough I was showing our collaboration to Thushara (editor of Darkus) today and he said Bad Kitty Corsets was already on his radar! Hope all is well with you xxxx