Creativity, Collaboration and Castles: Photoshoots at Araminta Campbell

Posted on 21 September 2017

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of creativity and logistics – as we choreographed three very different photoshoots! When so many of our customers live far from our Edinburgh weaving studio, photographs help us bring the world of Araminta Campbell to you wherever you are.

Creativity flourishes in community, and this was definitely the case for each of our shoots. We had the privilege of working with three talented photographers, as well as a wonderful bespoke furniture maker, hair and make-up artist and gorgeous Scottish model. Each person brought their unique skills to the table and we are so thrilled with the way everything came together.

On our first photo shoot we worked with Edinburgh based photographer Ciara Menzies. Ciara is a good friend of mine, and a passionate storyteller and documenter of creatives and the Scottish landscape. This made her the perfect choice for coming to take some snaps to illustrate the creative process behind our handwoven collection and bespoke tweed design service.

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Ciara capturing the process of selecting our British alpaca fibre.

We started out in our weaving studio and then took the dogs for a walk up Blackford Hill which has beautiful views across the city of Edinburgh and the surrounding Pentland hills.

Photographing the design process and natural inspiration

Ciara Menzies and Araminta in the woods by Blackford Hill.

Our second photoshoot was for our new MINTA Collection of British alpaca cushions and throws which we will be launching on the website in November. We worked with the amazing Susie Lowe who has photographed luxurious homes and interiors across Scotland and brought her wealth of experience and eye for detail to the shoot.

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Susie Lowe photographing our new interiors collection in the Biscuit Factory

When you see the final images you may wonder whose lovely home we used as our location – but it was entirely shot here in the Biscuit Factory! We created the entire interior scene ourselves, with a rotating wall (kindly constructed by our carpenter neighbour Mike), removable floor and carefully sourced furniture and accessories.

luxury interior photoshoot

A gorgeous armchair and side table from Charlotte James Furniture being set up in our interior scene.

Much of the beautiful furniture we used in the photoshoot was from the Edinburgh based luxury furniture makers Charlotte James Furniture. It was wonderful to be able to visit their workshop and showroom and see some of the amazing bespoke pieces that are created on our doorstep!
The bedlinen we used to accompany our cushions and throws was from another local interiors company – Laura Thomas Linens. Laura’s simple, elegant designs and lovely soft colours sat perfectly alongside the natural grey and white of our alpaca pieces and made the bed look so inviting.

The final photoshoot took us slightly further afield to Oxenfoord Castle in Midlothian where we shot our luxurious handwoven alpaca scarves and shawls. We were lucky to have the brilliant fashion photographer Anette Schive fly across from Norway to join us for the day. Her work is beautifully atmospheric, and we love the way she incorporates luxurious textures and tones with natural details, as well as her skill in capturing Scottish scenery in a fresh way.

scottish castle luxury photoshoot location

Oxenford Castle – the location for the photoshoot of our luxury handwoven shawls and scarves

Our model was the lovely Ciara Howie who had a graceful natural look created by local artist Laura Sutherland Hair and Make-up. We combined this with the outfits we had prepared, to channel a relaxed elegance that would really set off each of our unique handwoven pieces. We all had a really fun day together running up and down staircases, styling outfits, exploring the castle grounds and standing at the ready with umbrellas for the inclement Scottish weather!

outdoor luxury photoshoot

Annette, model Ciara and Araminta getting some shots in the castle grounds

All in all it has been a hectic few weeks but hugely rewarding. It is wonderful when hard work pays off, and that is thanks in part to the exceptionally skilled and creative people who have contributed to each of the different shoots. Over the next while we will be receiving the finished photographs and we can’t wait to share them all with you!

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