barefoot on the beach #TheFirstMagazineShoot


it was SUCH FUN being in our first magazine shoot!


we drove to a secluded inn far down the coast into the gorgeousness of Malibu (don’t you just adore the word Malibu?)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and the kind, talented, welcoming crew were waiting for us: there was a fancy photographer – a lady one – very modern, a stylist with a rack of clothes and suitably constrictive underwear – for us to wear – and a steamer and a clever silk scarf so we didn’t get the clothes smushed because Yes! there was a make-up and hair artist and she made us look all pretty with lipstick – so strange – we don’t own one in RL – and an Assistant who had excellent taste in music mixes and told us jokes to make us Laugh on the Beach (that was the shot they were all going for). 

we tried on clothes (and were Not Allowed to wear black) – the magazine had specifically asked for bright colo(u)rs* so it’ll be strange and yet wonderful to see this peacock self when the magazine goes-to-press.  

*the last time we wore “something in coral” was probably at boarding school (the “summer” – quotes used advisedly, twas England after all, we Froze) dresses were white with coral splodges or perhaps tiny flowers in a Victorian style bell-skirt with fitted bodice (agony for burgeoning breasts) and tiny buttons and pasty legs (no fake tan allowed). Or we also had to wear that coral/pink voluminous skirt for our saturday job in the shoe department at Miss. Selfridge in the Churchill Square shopping Centre.

back to yesterday *farofflooktocamera*

and the poor shiny patent leather (black) doctor martens shoes had to stay in the Inn as well – we took ballet flats (which we have Not worn since April 26th 2012 for a then-day-job-event at the Casino in Madrid) – black – of course – but they did not appear in shot as they liked our lilac toes instead.

and this is El Matador State Beach – there is not a State called El Matador – at least not in Los Angeles – but some of the beaches in Malibu are private and this one is State and thus open to all (but if you’re doing a professional photo shoot you need a Permit and so the Crew had one with them to show an Inspector just in case).

500 shots later “That’s A Wrap!”

we frolicked in the sand, walked slowly towards the camera, did lots of sitting on the sand and smiling (soft smile, shy smile to giggling and then a broad laugh – all the Options, you see) and generally doing what the magazine needs – a happy English person living in L.A who got sick, walked away from a corporate job and wrote a book and is now having a splendid time – that’s the shot they needed.

and we were happy to do so.

how did we know how to behave in the shoot?

well. we have Studied how to do this by watching others.

but secretly we just pretended to be Diane Keaton.

diane-keaton-somethings-gotta-give-white-hat-beach somethings-gotta-give because she has the right sort of laugh/look for the beach.

especially in Something’s Gotta Give where her character is a writer and has the Most Glorious House and triumphs through pain and into the light.


that was our motivation.

and the crew completely got it.

which is why we’re Never Working With Anyone Else (because we hope there’ll be Lots of Shoots in the Future).

isn’t life delicious?

oh yes.

24 thoughts on “barefoot on the beach #TheFirstMagazineShoot

    1. VERY steep.

      if we hadn’t been with other people we would have given up and gone home.

      we don’t like steep things.

      especially in ballet flats which they made us wear.

  1. Whoo! Reading this AFTER seeing the book cover is quite a rush. I believe that I predicted that you would have a big year ahead and I was not wrong! Gosh. I am still trying to take it all in–a photo shoot on a beach with a stylist, hair and makeup–the works. I am glad that you are good at it because there are more to come…
    And yes, Diane Keaton, a perfect role model. I will keep her in mind. My go to, especially in social situations, has always been Audrey. But now that I am older -ahem- Diane it is!
    so excited for you,

  2. Very exciting. I know you know that Life is already full and rich, but there’s nothing like a photo shoot on the beach to remind you, especially if you’ve got a good stylist on hand. My dear, I am SO HAPPY for you!

    1. we *did* drive away from malibu thinking we’d make a good celebrity.

      then we remember that we FLEE whenever we see anyone with a camera in public places so maybe not ;-)

  3. Praise the divine ones, it was outdoors and you didn’t have to endure those bone rattling, laser searing things they set up indoors to approximate the sun!
    I must ask, were there snacks?
    Too lovely.

    1. there were – but they were american and in large bags and we’re scared of those.

      we popped a banana in our own bag and a ziplock of cherries from trader joes.

      yes, we did share.

      not always easy but we remembered it would be nice (the cherries, not the banana, that’s too odd)

  4. OMG this is my alltime favourite film and my Fashion Directors. We have to text each other every time it is on TV. It was on the other night. I want to BE Diane Keaton in her gorgous Hamptons home in this film so much. We share a love of Breton stripes!!! xxx

  5. Dearest G
    A stylist and a hip runner stronke PA type!?!
    Gosh, we must be awfully grand and important in RL!
    Well, we’ve certainly come along way from Churchill Square to Malibu (but how do you get the drink out of your mind?)
    Suffice to say The Dandy prefers painted portraits to soul-stealing camera shots, but if I were ever to indulge such an idea I would go Diane Keaton too.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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