Last week I was fortunate enough to lend a hand on fashion shoot for the fast-emerging Masato-brand in Bath’s Parade gardens with fashion photographer, Tim Baker.
Tim operates the The Watermill Studios just outside Bath, where he completes work for a wide range of clients. His studio is perhaps unique in that it’s entirely water-powered, making for an incredibly eco-friendly location. When not in use for Tim’s own projects, the well-equipped studio is available for hire.
UK-based Japanese fashion designer Masato, began his working life as a hair stylist before he applied for a degree in Fashion Design at Saint Martins University. Masato was in great demand, working with Giles Deacon and brands like Ghost. He has also worked with the English National Ballet, creating three dresses that featured in a major publicity campaign.
He launched his own Masato label in 2011 allowing to put togather his own stunning collections. These are becoming available at more boutiques across the UK and you can find his designs at British Designers@Fashion Capital in Bath. This is where the photo shoot began. ShootDHS-represented model Sophie was prepared by hair stylist Zac Fennell and Bristol-based makeup artist Ellee Hitchens. Photo assistant was April Barrie, who also has a great portfolio of fashion images on her website.
Zac is co-director of Bath’s Artizan Salons and styles the hair of VIPs like Olympic Gold Medalist Amy Williams. He also made it through to the through to the final of the national TV show Great British Hairdresser.
ShootDHS founder Dave Hill-Souch has recently seen his agency become the exclusive supplier to the label and has forged a close working relationship with Masato and his increasingly talked-about brand. Dave had a clear idea of the kids of imagery Masato tends to favour. Part of the brief on this occasion was to make the images scream Bath in order to complement other Masato photo shoots that would say ‘London’.
With the entire run of Parade Gardens available (it was closed to the general public due to the season) Tim and team had plenty of options to set up great shots. This time of year sees warm golden light present throughout the day and Tim used this to great effect to create rich and involving imagery to complement Masato’s beautiful and cleverly-designed dresses and jackets.
Tim downloaded the images directly to his MacBook and but the end of the shoot he had some stunning fashion images in the can.
Here are a few ‘behind the scenes’ images I managed to capture.
UPDATE: A selection of Tim Baker’s fabulous images from the Masato shoot can be viewed on the designer’s blog here: