It was not your usual event you would find happening at BITMO Gate (Belle Isle) on Saturday (12 September 2015). Margaret Bingham from Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust had organised a photo shoot for the charities fundraising calendar 2016.
CBTF Calendar aren’t doing any ordinary calendar though, because all the women who were friends of the charity had agreed to pose ‘Calendar Girl’ style, and I had been asked to take the photos.
It was a rainy dark morning in Belle Isle last Saturday which didn’t suit my ‘shooting with daylight’ plan. But I was ready for a challenge. All the ladies had already arrived and were soon choosing and writing down their months between them. Bacon sarnies were served and the beauticians Julie and Elissa where there to do hair and makeup. George Longden appeared at the right time to put up the back drop board and then swiftly left.
All the ladies sat patiently but not necessarily quietly has howls of laughter and encouragement were met with disrobing of dressing gowns and adjusting of feather boas. Mandy McKenzie volunteer with CBFT was there as my assistant to help hold the gold bounce back board and straighten scarves.
Halfway through the clouds came over and we decided to take a break. Again in true CBFT style Margaret had ordered a full buffet to keep the troops going along with a game of bingo. Lucky Miss November won both full house and line.
Look out for the calendars which will be available for purchase at £7.00 soon. Each month’s photo has been tastefully taken with laughter and love to support for the continuing efforts of the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust.