Thursday night. I came back from holidaying in the South Of France to an email, saying, can you style a shoot for Bill Granger, for The Sunday Times? Hell yes! was the answer.
We share the same literary agency whose seen much of my handy work behind the camera and believed in my abilities and somehow pushed me right into the deep end with a video shoot with Bill Granger! Bill Granger!! I’ve been watching him on telly for years! I love him!
Friday. As well as cooking and hosting two supper clubs that weekend. I cycled as fast as I could to the book shop and brought as well as study every Bill Granger book so I can grasp his style.
Background Prop Hire
Took myself immediately to a prop house, Background Props – thanks to many of my Twitter friend’s advice (it was like being in prop heaven!!!). Got all the props together from recipes we would shoot.
Sunday. Went to the flower market. Brought tons of flowers and herbs. Panicked. I didn’t have linen. Brought linen.
Went out drinking for the entire day at Burnt Enz and then had a mini dinner party. Chucked everyone out and stayed up till 6am gathering my own props just in case Bill needed something.
Monday.Turned up at 9, cleared clutter, set props. shoot. re set. done.
I gave Bill a bottle of pho stock. I would have given him noodles and everything too but I was more worried about me bringing an ironing board, hair dryer and all. Hope he liked it. It was an honour to work with him. Such a calm and friendly person!
In return I got some pork chops made by Bill Granger on the shoot and shared it with one of my best friends, Will, whom I went on holiday with. Yay! It was one of the best meals. I will certainly remember it for life. When I woke up on that Thursday morning in sticky hot France and took many train journeys and flew home, I had absolutely no idea, just no idea how extraordinary circumstances would lead me. So thankful!
(I know these aren’t the best plates for those chops, we just wanted to eat the food)
So! If anyone wants me to style anything or shoot anything or light anything. I am your gal! Hit me! I was in my element! Due to being on many shoots in the past, and having done a degree in Film & Video at Central Saint Martins (where I was mostly at the pub and in New York) I love making film and taking photos.
Bill Granger’s new book EASY by Harper Collins is out. The styling in that book is incredible! As are the recipes!