The forecast was for a storm, not just rain, but the kind of storm only the Coromandel Peninsula can do. "Want to set a rain date Rach?" our photographer Mike Hill asked a few days prior? "Nope, but I reckon we can go to the Thames Butterfly Garden if the beach shots are rained out" I said and so it was set.
The day came, and we all rocked on up to Scott and Ross's house on the Thames Coast. Overlooking Tikapa Moana/ the Firth of Thames, the house and panoramic views made the most beautiful backdrop for the day.
Our first models of the day arrived and Shannon, our make up artist, went to work making them look even more beautiful.
Because we couldn't find plus size models above a size 16, I had approached each of our models and asked if they would help us out. They generously volunteered their time (and even helped out with accessories!) so we could show off the garments on normal women's bodies. (Click here to check out our size chart and meet our models...)
Before trying on the garments each of our models would say, 'that looks great on her but it wont look or fit like that on me'. But every woman soon discovered that the stretch of the fabric and the cut of the garments worked on their body, even though they were different shapes and sizes. That was total success for us!
See what you think below:
There was so much laughter and fun through the day. Mike helped to bring out the essence of each woman with music, humour and pranks, and I hope you will agree that the individual beauty of each woman shines through fabulously.
Here are some photos from the day:
A heartfelt thanks for everyone who made the day possible, especially:
Mike Hill - the photographer with heart (and the most tattoos of the day!)
Ross & Scott - for lending us their home
Kate, Krissy, Meagan and Liesje - for your beautiful selves, gorgeous spirits and naughtiness (two hands Krissy)
Shannon - for your persistence especially in 30 degree heat and humidity of the butterfly garden
Amanda and Lucy - for everything else.
Shine on xx