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50s Boudoir

Words by Susie Pritchard

This is the story of four ladies from East Anglia who got together to create some beautiful vintage style images, working as a team for the very first time.

Model Jody Sturman was the catalyst. After working as a model for around three years, Jody got in touch with photographer Caroline Lawrence. These two Suffolk ladies started working together and Jody was inspired to work with other local photographers to create a portfolio and ultimately start a career as a freelance model last year. Jody’s images have gone from strength to strength, with ‘vintage’ gradually becoming her speciality – she loves the class and elegance that comes with it and which she always aspires to in her work.

Photographer Caroline Lawrence has a passion for developing model portfolios and enjoys working creatively with other like-minded individuals. Caroline and Jody had been discussing the idea of collaborating on a series of ‘Through The Ages’ shoots, which took the girls a step closer to our first Dream Team project.

Jody and Caroline have worked together on various fashion projects, including a fabulous 1920s bridal shoot, along with another team member, hair and make-up artist Jessica Ludlow. Jess is a trained hairstylist under ‘Rock ‘n’ Rolla Hairstylist’, currently doing more training to enhance her skills and always on the lookout for a challenge.

Last into the arena was Susie Pritchard, a life-long vintage fan and retailer, selling mid 20th century clothing and accessories and specialising in vintage nightwear and lingerie. Susie has always loved a cute pair of PJs and a floaty nightie and being steeped in a passion for 1950s glamour, the nightwear of the time suits her perfectly and gives her business, Wake Up Little Susie, a unique edge. As with Caroline, Jody contacted Susie about the possibility of working together, having seen some fabulous images on Susie’s social media accounts with models showcasing her nightwear. After finally deciding to make something happen, Jody immediately chose Caroline as the best photographer for the job.

Finding the right venue is so important and eventually, through a friend of a friend, the team hooked up with the amazing St Giles House Hotel, a Grade 2 listed building designed by renowned local architect George Skipper, stunningly restored and retaining many of its original baroque style features. The team was pretty excited to be allowed to shoot in the bridal suite for a couple of hours. The sense of history and art deco styling genuinely made this the perfect location to shoot vintage nightwear.

As the shoot was going to be based around some of Susie’s vintage nightdresses, a 1950s theme developed. Susie knew of Jess’s work as rockabilly pin-up model Sailor Cherry, and was more than confident that Jess could create soft 50s curls and classic movie star make-up. This vintage look suited Jody very well.

The pressure was on as there was a limited time before the room was to be serviced, which created some pre-shoot nerves, but there was no need to have worried. The team gelled, the look worked and everyone enjoyed it so much from the minute they saw the incredible suite to the minute they sat down on the terrace with G&T’s and snacks, with a “Wow, we did it!” feeling.

The Dream Team are already in discussion about their next project so, as they say, watch this space…

Jody Sturman Modelling, https://www.facebook.com/jodysturmanmodel/

Caroline Lawrence Photography, http://www.carolinelawrencephotography.com/

Rock’n’Rolla Hairstylist, https://www.facebook.com/RockNRollaHairstylist/

Wake Up Little Susie, http://www.wakeuplittlesusie.co.uk/

St Giles House Hotel, Norwich, http://stgileshousehotel.com/

Lisa Harrison

Lisa Harrison

Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!