Whenever you get a photography brief for a summer BBQ in London, it is almost a given that the weather will not play ball. With that in mind, we came to the shoot fairly heavy-handed, with GripVan in tow, ready to create the sunny lifestyle images that the client had in mind.
Watching the weather forecast like hawks with producer Ben Hills, we realised that we had to get the entire outside BBQ scene styled, lit, shot and approved by 11 am if we were going to miss the worst weather. It was a bit of a scramble, but we did it with the help of a fantastic crew who were all on top form as usual. By 11.30, it was heavy rain, and we had moved inside for the rest of the day. A large HMI detracts from the grey and miserable day, a bit of retouching removes the spots of rain, and it’s like we were having a lovely old time on a summer’s day.
The moral of the story is never to rely on the weather if you are shooting a commercial brief. I love my lighting to have the feeling that it isn’t there, but if it weren’t there, then we really would have been in trouble.