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I and the rest of the JoJo shoot team have just returned from 2 weeks in Dorset, having shot the majority of our AW13 kids’ collection and our whole maternity collection. Despite the snow, rain, wind, freeeezing cold and blinding sun we managed to get all the shots we need and we all had good fun!
We were lucky enough to stay at Luxury Family Hotel’s Moonfleet Manor, a beautiful Georgian manor overlooking Chesil beach. It’s a lovely part of the UK with lots of untouched countryside. I was even allowed to take my puppy, Taylor! They allow dogs at all the hotels in the Luxury Family Hotels chain, perfect if you struggle leaving your pooch with anyone, like I do. He even had a moment in the spotlight! And what a brief moment it was…. Little children are far too exciting for a puppy. Keep your eye out for him when the catalogue comes out, we might have managed to get one good shot of him!
Now I have to tell you about the food at Moonfleet…. Oh my word! Every night was another culinary delight. Straight after breakfast Lee, our photographer was asking “What’s for dinner?”, it was definitely the highlight of our day. We were treated to some amazing dinners and we all voted for our favourite; Fran’s was the Balinese curry, Lee’s the pork belly and mash, Tash’s the cod fillet with salsa verde and mine and Jen’s was our special Valentine’s day treat… STEAK, CHIPS & PEPPERCORN SAUCE, (see pic: warning, you may find yourself dribbling uncontrollably).
The hotel was extremely family friendly with an on-site crèche and baby listening service for when you are enjoying your evening meal. The hotel is so relaxed, even I sometimes forgot we were working! The fireplaces in the lounges were so lovely to sit and warm up next to at the end of the day and the bedrooms were so comfortable, I still think about my bed at Moonfleet! I’ve never slept so well.
We’ve got one more week of shooting then we’ve finished AW13! It’s crazy to think how quickly this year has flown; we’re already onto planning our photo shoot for SS14!