The title of this post may be a little misleading! There is no such thing as a ‘standard’ day at the studio; every single one is different, varied, and often comes with its own unexpected twists. Though there are only a few of us here at any given time, there is always a buzz of activity, as clients come and go and Longford Barn changes its face to suit its next purpose. As the image above suggests, we are inviting you in through the studio’s side entrance to the areas that very few people usually get to see… behind the scenes of day-to-day life at Longford Barn.
The biggest change comes when Little Beans is expecting a baby. Delicate bean wraps hang around the room; fluffies and blankets of every colour are stored along every wall; and at the centre of the room is the beanbag, flanked by lights. Sending baby to sleep (and often mummy and daddy too!) is the gentle hush of the shusher, which, as anyone who has come in for a newborn shoot will know, is an essential part of the setup! Throughout the shoot, the teas and coffees are flowing, and parents are encouraged to make themselves at home while Sonja works her magic.
During the days following one of Harry’s art shoots, the studio might be stripped back, with tables in the centre of the room laden with prints and canvases, ready for a visit from the artist to catch up over a coffee, discuss further options, offer recommendations, and make sure everything is 100% as the artist wanted it. When not in the studio, Harry’s work often takes him out, on location, or to meetings with his artists.
Editing days are the only times you might find complete silence in the studio, when thousands of details are being scrutinised, and the beauty of each captured moment is being expertly enhanced.
In the late afternoons and evenings, the studio often puts on yet another of its masks. Our mummies and daddies and new couples are usually invited back to the studio to view their photographs. At this time, Longford Barn becomes a private viewing theatre. Tissues at the ready, the images are shown on a projected slideshow. For parents, this will be the first time they have seen the photos of their baby – all the seemingly effortless poses and colour choices come together at once. For newly married couples, they will be witnessing the completely edited, finished images of their big day, with all their favourite moments captured forever.
Whatever is happening at the studio, it is always colourful, and driven by the love and life stories of our clients, for whom we hope to create timeless photographs and memorable experiences.