So towards the "back end" of last year, I was approached by a local charity to take pictures for a
WI themed Calendar Girls style photoshoot. Not your usual request of a Monday morning I have to say! Once I learnt about the cause and theme for the shoot I jumped on board to donate my time as much as I could.
The girls are all locally based in the Kirkham got their kit off for a cause really close to their hearts. The local ladies came together to create a modern take on the original Calendar Girls movie, posing for photos for a rudey dudey, (tastefully) NUDE calendar to raise funds for two-year-old Jorgie Rae who is being treated for neuroblastoma. Jorgie, from Kirkham, is being treated at Manchester Children’s Hospital but needs further life-saving treatment in America. Selling for £10 each, we managed to raise enough money for Jorgie to fly to America to have 2 treatments which was absolutely fantastic and the all the ladies put in so much hard work to achieve all the calendars produced were sold.
We had to photograph the calendar over a couple of days as we struggled to organise everyone to be in one place at one time. The first 'kit off' off day was a sunny evening at the end of September.
Instructions came in via text that afternoon - "the combine harvester is working in 'a field' in Cockerham, farmer is on the harvester, he'll meet you there" - I report back to the girls with the slightly off putting news that they are going to be naked in some random field in Cockerham with potentially a nosey farmer lurking about!
Hands down I think my favourite month to shoot in the calendar. Lighting was perfect, combine harvester was looking mighty fine and the girls were fab! I love in the far left of this picture you can see the farmers and their dog trying to get a sneaky glimpse of what we were up to!!
The main shoot with most of the group provided lots of laughs and I think the girls felt rather liberated by the end of the day!
Local business stepped up to help with the calendar’s production. Pete Marquis Contractors provided backdrops – lending construction equipment including a combine harvester, a skip, and tractors, SweetPea Floristry donated flowers and Pink Tree Parties donated balloons. Pete Marquis Contractors also put half of the printing costs forward and local businesses including Lee Cartmell Services Ltd, Acer Contracts, Fishers Ltd and Berry’s Animal Feeds sponsored each page to raise the remaining printing costs.
Calendars are still available and can be bought for £10. Let me know if you would like a copy or you can help by donating to Jorgie's Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/diane-ireland-4
That's enough naked-ness for one day!!
Back to the wedding photography day job!