How fortunate was I to have won the chance to go behind-the-scenes at the Argento autumn/winter catalogue shoot this week?! After entering Argento’s Twitter competition for bloggers, Rosanna of Silver Brogues and myself were the lucky winners!
I have been a huge fan of the Argento jewellery company since it was founded back in 1997, with the first store opening in Castle Street, Belfast. I still have many of the silver pieces I bought in Argento when I was teenager.
Argento has grown massively over the last number of years, with over 20 stores throughout the UK. It stocks a vast range of costume, silver and gold jewellery and I’m always popping into the Belfast city centre store to have a nosey at new ranges. Some of my favourite brands they stock are Dirty Ruby and Pilgrim, as well as their own ‘As Nature Intended‘ range.
But getting back to the shoot…what a treat it was! I was salivating over all the pieces being photographed on beautiful model Anya Lahiri. Argento could not have picked a better team of professionals to work on the shoot. The Belfast city centre studio of renowned photographer Khara Pringle was were the shoot took place. Paddy McGurgan was the man in charge of the model’s stunning make-up, Sara O’Neill was the brains behind the clothes, and Joe McGivern ensured Anya’s hair was simple yet chic.
I think a jewellery shoot must be a difficult one to manage. It’s important the hair, make-up and clothing doesn’t take centre stage and the photographer has the job of ensuring every little detail in the jewellery is picked up. And that’s not forgetting the role of the model, who has to put herself in various contortions to show the jewellery off in the best way possible.
Stylist Sara O’Neill ensures Anya is camera-ready.
Hair stylist Joe McGivern gives Anya a quick tidy-up.
Stunning smokey-eyed look by Paddy McGurgan and beautiful necklace, ideal for an evening out.
Photographer Khara Pringle sets to work.
Don’t you think the model looks like Helena Christensen?
What made the day even better was meeting the charming Ian, who organised the blogger participation for this shoot. A big thanks to him and the rest of the Argento team for making feel very welcome. Be sure to check out Ian’s own fashion blog for men – Rogues and Brogues.
Part II will be posted tomorrow – featuring my own photoshoot of stunning Argento jewellery!