Hairdressers get Creative with Farm Photo Shoot

A farm is not the kind of place you often associate with glamour, but City College Norwich Hairdressing students brought an element of style when they conducted a photo shoot at Abrams Farm in Dereham recently.

The shoot was part of City College Norwich’s NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Course and the theme was dolls. Students created a variety of looks ranging from china doll to ‘Barbie’ doll, each based on their individual interpretation of the theme. Students were fully involved in the design of the look and direction of the shoot. They designed the outfits for each model buying, borrowing and customising clothes to fit the theme. They liaised with make-up artists and the photographer and created some extravagant new hairstyles using accessories such as chicken wire and balloons to shape the hair in different ways.

Student Charlotte Mills, 21, who works in the Studio Hair Salon, Sprowston said: “I changed my mind a lot about what I was going to do before the shoot. I created my style by pinning balloons together and covering them with the hair. The balloons are held together with fine electrical wire and the accessories, the beaded wire and flower ornaments, are from a florists.”

Students have worked on 3 shoots, all of which will contribute towards their portfolios. The first theme was “Classic” with students creating a hair style using strong lines or curves to create a traditional style which doesn’t date. The second theme was ‘Fashion’ students created a hairstyle inspired by an era from the 1920’s to the present day.

All of the students on the course work full-time in local salons and come to the College one day a week to gain a more advanced hairdressing qualification. Work from all the photo shoots will contribute towards their portfolios, which reflect their own personal style and which they will use to help them progress through the industry.

Gillian Carter, Lecturer in Hair Beauty and the Leisure Industries organised the shoot location and says she wanted students to experiment with a different environment from that they were used to: “We wanted it to be a natural environment. We used hay, tyres, tractors and animals, all as a contrast to the perfection of the dolls. It’s a great experience for our students to direct their own shoot. It was very slippery underfoot and even smelly at times, but everyone got involved and the final photographs are really dramatic. I would like especially to thank Abrams Farm for letting us use the farmhouse to get ready and also students’ friends and family who were excellent models for the shoot.”