“And I’m too sexy for my hat. Too Sexy for my hat. What do you think about that?” – Right Said Fred.
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Lokoa Leather HQ by the gorgeous Brie and Alex to have a look around, and get some photos taken. You see Alex is also a photographer; she and Brie shot the entire catalogue for their latest collection Lost in Paradise themselves (under Bali sunsets, mind you).
It all came about because I thought that although my eyes are quite lovely, the tragically pixellated image I was trying to pass off as a header needed freshening up. Desperately. So the ladies kindly invited me to HQ to do a bit of a photo shoot in and around the gardens. Of course I said yes, and scuttled out of Flamingo Manor, barely remembering to put pants on.
I hadn’t done any modeling since I was not long hatched; and that ended with me crying my head off quite loudly whilst sitting on a log wishing I could go eat cake. Of course, the shots came out angelically, but I was a right diva of a 3-year-old to work with. Given this, my modeling techniques were a roughly a couple decades rusty and if it wasn’t for the expertise and direction of Alex and Brie (who kindly stepped in as assistant) the shots would have turned out less an elegant, sassy Flamingo and more of a turkey.
The whole shebang was outrageously fun. I wore leopard tights, a snappy coat, and a Divine Creatures wings necklace. Sadly I had misplaced my own top hat so nipped across town and pilfered one from my mother’s antiques collection (terribly sorry mum, it’s love – I don’t think I can return it), and sipped out of my favourite teacup. Of course most of the shots clearly show there is no tea in the teacup. But I was very thirsty and Lokoa HQ is a nuisance of a maze to get around that I finished the tea before we go to the gardens. So, sooo big. The mind boggles.
Anyhow I’m super flustered by the results, and delighted that even though many of the shots captured my puzzlement at a Genghis Khan statue on a balcony over yonder – there were quite a few great ones (which I’ve popped down below for your perusal, lovers). Once again, I’d like to extend many thanks to the Lokoa girls for their time and effort. I’m very grateful I got to play model for a wee while. And even though my shoot was itty bitty, I have a whole new respect for the behind the scenes efforts of a photo shoot. As far as patience goes, I’m working on it; and perhaps would bludgeon someone on the head with a lens if I were involved any further. Thank goodness my thing is nonsense.
Lots of love to the Lokoa girls! If you want to check out Alex’s other photography efforts click here. Clicking here leads you to Lokoa’s official site and their blog is launching soon here. I thoroughly recommend you click all three.
Yours in Nonsense,
Sir Flamingo xo