We are very fortunate to know the brilliant fashion & photo documentary photographer Jane Hilton www.janehilton.com. A fan of Pearl & Queenie’s & a regular to our Boutique in Hastings where she splits her time between her home there, & home/studio in North London. A regular photographer for The Observer & Sunday Telegraph along with her big fashion campaigns, plus her true love; photo documentary. She has an avid interest & passion for Mid West America. Her work on life of the American Cowboy, saw her exhibit last year in New York, London & Berlin plus produce the book ’Dead Eagle Trail’ – You must check it out! Currently working on her next project (we are sworn to secrecy!) again taking her back to the US for weeks/months at a time!
Jane is a big big lover of jewellery & when we first showed her our samples for Equestrian Treasures & The Love Story, she said she’d love to do our photographic campaign – we of course bit her hand right off! Coming up with the concept, Jane knew we wanted something very British, with a nod to our heritage.
“In order to photograph the Pearl and Queenie new
collection we tried to work with a concept where the Jewellery would
stand out but there would also be a sense of place and atmosphere too.
The perfect solution was to make the photographs look like paintings referencing the work of Vermeer. Vermeer’s portraits like the ‘girl with the pearl earring’ were taken
with a beautiful window light which can be stunning. So I tried to replicate this feel and set up the model where the daylight was key. The model we chose was also referenced to this era, but keeping a contemporary feel as the collection dictated too.
The stylist used clothing that was contemporary but that
would disappear in the photograph so only the sitter and the
Jewels would stand out.
The P and Q collection is a total inspiration of classic
jewellerybut with a moderntwist.The photographs do the same.”
Model: Lizzie from Tessa. Photographer: Jane Hilton. Make Up: Julie Thomas. Stylist: Nikki Black. Location: Phil Quarton @ The Junction Tavern, Kentish Town, London. Graphics & ReTouch: Adi Wright. Whippet: Olive. Jewellery: Pearl & Queenie