Tom asked Cian and I to join him at a photo shoot for the new mens clothes lines being added to the website. Cian was delighted, I think he thought he was going to be the next big mens fashion model. We arrived out to Köster photographers studio situated in Tower. The studio was based in an outhouse in Jorg Köster the photographer’s home. He works there with his apprentice Steffan who also hails from Germany. When we arrived
they politely invited us in where we met the international fashion model Sam Homan, he was hired by Tom to model some of the clothes for the latest lines being added to the website. Myself and Cian were amazed how modern and hi-tech the studio and house was, it certainly isn’t a typical house that would be found in Tower.
Before the photo shoot began with Sam the model we noticed Jorg taking some shots of Tom, we asked Tom why he was being photographed but he seemed too embarrassed to tell us and quickly changed the subject. We knew we were on to something funny so we kept investigating, it turned out that Jorg is doing a photo shoot on ginger people to go with a study being carried out that ginger people will be extinct within 50 years. Jorg was so fascinated at how orange Tom’s hair was he just had to take some photos of him to add to his portfolio of the dying breed, much to the delight of
Tom. Below pictured in rather feminine colours are Tom and Sam Homan our model, can ye guess who is who?
Having never been to a photo shoot before Tom explained that Jorg and Steffan were going to take hundreds of pictures of Sam styling the new products in different poses from different camera angles. He followed on to explain that Cian and I were the lucky men who get to resize all of the images and upload them to the website, a task we said we couldn’t wait to do!
After taking all of the shots needed with Sam, the photographers moved on to taking countless shots of the same products from different angles such as a view from above the product and from each side. This was being done so we could have a few different images of each product to upload to the website to give the customer a complete view of every product from their computer screen. We agreed it was very important to be able to view the whole product from every angle to satisfy the customer’s needs and enhance the viewing features on the website.
Hours later as the photo shoot finished up, I was chatting to Cian and we were discussing how we never knew a photo shoot would take so long and have so much work involved. We were both delighted at getting the opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes at a photo shoot and it certainly changed the perceptions we had of photographers and models having easy jobs.