So, my first photoshoot of 2015 was pretty freakin’ awesome. Firstly it featured the rather gorgeous Hannah James (of Lady Maisery and more) and her magic dancing feet. This fact by itself would have been enough for some lovely photos, BUT THAT WASN’T ALL! Oh no, Hannah had well and truly outdone herself finding our shoot location. It may have meant a fair old train journey (during which at some point I apparently managed to pick up an epic dose of norovirus, oh joyous joy) but my goodness it was worth it. Trees that appeared to grow out of the white sands, trees that had been so battered by the winds coming in from the sea that they’d grown sideways – and Hannah’s absolute dedication to carrying a dancing board around in galeforce winds – made this shoot an absolute doozy.
…did I mention that Hannah’s beautiful canine companion, Aubrey the super dog, came along for the ride too?
Now, I would be lying to you if I said that Aubrey had a particularly professional approach to assisting on this shoot. I would possibly even go so far as to say that he fairly definitely wanted in on Hannah’s new project, entitled “Jig Doll” (website here) and would go to any lengths necessary to sneak into the images. If you thought Benedict Cumberbatch’s U2 photobomb was a good’un, just wait until you see some of Aubrey’s attempts. As much as I may sound like I’m complaining, I’M REALLY NOT. Just look at those eyes. D’awwwwh!
Here’s the deal: You look at the official photos from the shoot because, y’know, I’m pretty freaking pleased with them, and you read up about Hannah’s mega new Jig Doll project, and I’ll show you a tonne more photos of Aubrey monkeying around and being an all round photobomb genius / slobber monster. Sound fair?
…yep? Wizard. Glad you agree.
“Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way.
Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance.”
Hannah’s collaborated with a whole host of incredible mentors to put everything together, and I for one will be following this project with interest. You can even get involved with it if that takes your fancy! Just head over to the Jig Doll website for more details.
Right, now, photos! Here we go:
Hurrah. That was part one of why I was giddy with nerdy photographer happiness and now, as promised, here is part two. Take it away, Aubrey!
Did you spot him in all of them…? Do you now discover that you’ve subconsciously reached out and grabbed a cushion to cuddle courtesy of the cute? Yep, thought so.
(Seriously though, go check out Jig Doll – Hannah’s ever so clever!)
Until next time,