The luxurious autumn shoot which graces our October issue is a testament to effortless elegance – but the hive of activity behind the scenes tells a different story

From classic camel to cool khaki, luxe lace to soft, extravagant velvet, we fell in love with the new season’s palettes and textures during our October fashion shoot. The Bristol Magazine takes you behind the scenes at Backwell House to meet the people who made it happen…

Arriving at the venue: Backwell House

As we drove up the sweeping drive, the breath-taking Georgian frontage loomed into view, pleasantly lit in the early morning sun. After hauling coats, dresses, shoes and enough pastries and sandwiches to last until Christmas into the foyer, we were shown into the cosy lounge and immediately offered a greatly appreciated cuppa. From exquisite ornamental gardens to the unique cider barrel bar, the 19th-century splendour of Backwell House was the perfect backdrop to the luxe textures and rich colours of our autumnal shoot – and just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Bristol.

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The models: Louisa Rossiter and Adele Roche

Both Louisa and Adele, who we met through Bristol-based company Mustard Models, brought our luxurious outfits to life and captured the mood of the shoot with total conviction. Adele’s modelling career has seen her cover everything from family and fitness to health and make-up, while Louisa has featured regularly in bridal, lingerie, beauty and catalogue campaigns. We tried copying some of their sultry expressions during a rare quiet moment in the bar – and trust us, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Photography: Chris Daw

Chris Daw has been passionate about photography since he discovered his first SLR (single lens reflex) camera at the age of 17. Since becoming a full-time photographer in 2009, his images have featured in reputable publications such as The Times Magazine and The Stage. Chris was spoilt for choice at Backwell House, and his eye for detail and composition transformed our ideas into a stunning reality.

Hair: Tom Kenehan and Izzie Low

Tom and Izzie came from the Sean Hanna salon in Bristol, and provided a variety of different looks for Louisa and Adele. Full bodied blow-drys, complex braids, fishtail plaits and charming up-dos all feature in the final images, and were executed quickly and with dexterity while we watched in awe. Once each look was completed, the hairbrush-wielding duo were meticulous as they stepped in between shots to readjust and perfect every last stray hair.

Makeup: Shari Knowles

Shari is a professional and fully qualified makeup artist who began her makeup career in 2009. Holding qualifications in cosmetic, fashion and photographic makeup, her experience has led her into editorial, theatre, film, catwalk and bridal work. Using beautiful products including Bobbi Brown, Mac and Urban Decay, Shari created a number of different looks for Louisa and Adele throughout the shoot, going from relaxed, fresh daytime colours to smoky, seductive evening shades.

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Shari applies the finishing touches for Louisa

The Finished Shoot