The story behind the shoot

Looking back on 2015 and MOV’s short journey to now, the highlight for me was seeing all our work culminate in the pages of our website. All the hours of sourcing for fabrics which needed to be knitted in the UK and with the quality necessary for high end products. We found them of course in Leicester, and then started the many trips northbound to view reams of fabrics to enhance our designs, and create new ones, with fantastic prints for the new collection.

Then there were the days holed up in the design studio in Kingston, painstakingly cutting and toiling the patterns to perfection. The trips to the factory in North London, loading and unloading fabric rolls from the back of the car only to have boxes of finished garments couriered back for inspection. It was a very long learning curve, but one which I wouldn’t today have missed for the world and so brought us to the point of the photoshoot.

Or rather of two photshoots this year, as we added 7 new lines in the latter part of 2015 and that is where the idea of the video formulated with the idea to show exactly what did go on behind the scenes.

The first photoshoot was the biggie, the first time the designs and fabrics would come to life….and the first time I had directed one too …with two dogs in tow….what could go wrong ?!!

photoshoot photography

monksonvacation shoot


Actually very little as it happened. The sun shone and we could have been in the South of France instead of Sunny Surrey! I was surrounded by a lovely group of friends who were also the professionals I turned to with whom I could entrust my ‘baby’.

Firstly Sarah, my amazing photographer, who made the pictures as beautiful as they are as well as keeping me completely sane for the whole process! The lovely Leah who, when she wasn’t tanning herself in our self proclaimed St Tropez, was keeping Jenny’s stray strands under control take after take!

Sarah who not only managed to keep Jenny looking fresh and comfortable in the heat with perfect makeup application, also doubled up as Sarah’s very productive assistant providing extra shade, light, a stepladder or whatever was needed to get the perfect shot! And then there was Jenny who had never modelled before but who I knew would make the perfect person to showcase our collection.

From the beginning I wanted to design garments that would look good on ‘normal’ women who were part of ‘normal’ lives. Jenny is my Pilates teacher and who better to model comfortable, luxe relaxing jersey based garments!

Finally the location at St Martha’s Priory, Guildford, recently refurbished my extremely talented and gifted friend Tracy Appel provided the perfect backdrop for both photoshoots. So, the video is taken from the second shoot but you will get the gist of what went on for both shoots along with the work put in by everyone which was greatly appreciated…not least from my own daughter Ella who is credited for the fabulous video diary taken that day.

Definitely a highlight of 2015 for us, and it’s here in full! Enjoy

Posted by Monks On Vacation on Sunday, 3 January 2016