My week at Harrods

So this week (and for the next two weeks) I am working at Harrods magazine, where I am covering someone who is heading off to get married.  I thought her position was Fashion Editor. Turns out I was wrong. The cover is for a prop stylist/production job and has resulted in one of the most random weeks of my life. Today’s post is a tribute to my crazy first week at Harrods Publishing.

Day 1 – Hoovering fake snow from a giant toy lion. You have to see it to believe it…

Harrods Day 1 - hoovering a lion

Day 2 – I had to oversee a shoot for The Ultimate page in the mag.  This meant watching as 2 grown men created a model of Harrods. Out of tiny magnetic ball bearings.  Seriously!  They’re called Nanadots – http://www.thenanodots.uk.com/ – and they’re the next big thing in tiny construction.  Think Lego, but with ball bearings.  They have a cult following apparently.  I made a cute little necklace as they built a mini Harrods.

Harrods Day 2 - Nanodot tastic

Harrods nanodots

The magnetic field in the balls is super strong

Harrods nanodots 2

Harrods nanodots 3

2 grown men + 2 hours + 52,000 tiny magnetic balls = £58k sculpture of Harrods

Day 3 – based in the office.  Today I had to find a disused airfield to use as a location for a photoshoot.  Within the M25.  No mean feat especially with a limited editorial budget.  Whilst researching online I stumbled across this amazing old airbase in Germany.  I want to do a fashion shoot here one day.  The colours are awesome.

Harrods Day 3 wittstock-airbase

Wittstock Airbase in Germany

(taken from http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2010/11/abandoned-aircraft-airfields-airbases-airport-terminals/)

Day 4 – a day of prop sourcing, which varied from searching for 20 orange traffic cones and a chequerboard flag for a car shoot, to sourcing vintage theatre lights and old lanterns for a Home Theatre backdrop for a kids shoot.  Where to start?  Prop houses (companies that lend props for a fee) are the answer. There are plenty of these, but on Friday I used www.themetraders.com for the car shoot props and www.stockyard.tv & www.farley.co.uk for the lanterns and lighting.  Take a look.  You can find almost anything.

Harrods Day 4bHarrods Day 4

Images taken from www.stockyard.tv

This has literally been the most random week ever. On Monday I have an induction in the store – all staff have this, even if you are not employed on the shop floor.  I have been informed that this day is a tour of Harrods that includes grooming guides (I kid you not, there is a grooming area near the staff entrance complete with mirrors and strong lighting) and a history of the store. I will let you know what next week brings…

Main holding image courtesy of Harrods Publishing http://www.harrodsmagazine.com featuring the cover of the current/September 2013 issue.

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