|Daytripping, in the Sunday Age M Magazine. Photo by Mike Baker, Styling by Heather Nette King, copyright Fairfax Media|
I had been thinking about doing a luxe picnic scene for a Savvy Shopper page for a while, but just couldn't work out what kind of styling angle I would take. The 'romantic car on a dusty country road, with rolling hills and fields of flowers' look is beautiful, but its been well and truly done before. So I thought about creating that kind of look, but in a really faux, manufactured, studio environment. It needed to be so obviously fake, and kinda cartoon-glossy, and hyperreal. Like a ridiculous 50's auto ad. And it had to be pretty!
One word to my ole mate Mikey Baker and he was all over it. I was going to paint a crazy pink backdrop (natch) but he showed me the fabulous fake sky canvases available for hire at Illusions Studio, and it all came together. All we needed was a tonne of shiny, clipped fake grass, and Melbourne's most stunning and stylish car. Enter Melbourne's most stunning and stylish car-owner, Lyn Gardiner from Empire Vintage with her wonderful 1965 Mercedes Benz Roadster. Add a delicious hamper, from wonder-caterers, The Big Group, and we had ourselves a picnic.
Here's how the day went...
|the cyc is ready for action|
|Lyn drops off her magnificent 1965 Mercedes Benz Roadster. Thanks Lyn.|
No car envy at all... No.
|the gorgeous painted canvas goes up|
|Mike manoeuvres her into place|
|Pop in some nature. The incredible blossom is from Impulse Flower Wholesalers|
|Mike lights it like a sunny day then I add in the final touches - more nature!|
Then, what did we do? Of course, like any picnic, we drank the champagne, ate the cheese, packed up and went home!
This image appeared in the Sunday Age M magazine today, Sunday 30th September 2012. Copyright Fairfax Media