Plus our Assessment of Simpson Journey’s The Korsan Kuzey Villa, Kalkan
When in search of the proper location for a photoshoot, we at all times have a reasonably hefty record of necessities. After all we have to discover someplace picturesque, blue sea and shiny sandy seashores are on the high of the want record. We additionally have to think about the place the sunshine might be at sure instances of day in addition to the place and when the solar units at totally different instances of yr. Practicalities of a number of outfit adjustments and a venue for hair and make-up have to be taken into consideration plus extreme warmth and excessive winds can all show difficult (to not point out the dreaded rain!)
Coco Bay are large followers of Simpson Journey and after a really profitable photoshoot earlier this yr at one in every of their spectacular villas in Kalkan we have been eager to return. We enlisted their assist as soon as once more and cherished their suggestion of utilizing The Korsan Kuzey, a spectacular hillside villa set amongst the wild olive groves which encompass Kalkan. With it’s Infinity pool, grand fashion structure, fairly terraced gardens and personal entry to the ocean, we felt positive that this might current the proper again drop to the shoot and we couldn’t wait to be there!
Hiya Kalkan, it’s good to be again.
On arrival in Turkey, after a simple 90 minute switch from Dalaman airport we definitely weren’t disillusioned. Our treasured baggage containing all of the samples wanted for the shoot had arrived safely (at all times trigger for celebration!) and we have been all feeling actually moderately excited for the week that lay forward.
First issues first nonetheless, it was time to focus on the much less thrilling job of the ironing… (Notice, photoshoots aren’t all in regards to the glamour!) Having tightly packed all of our samples over a 3 particular person baggage allowance, all the new beachwear collections wanted to be given a bit of love so as to look their greatest come their flip to be photographed. However hey, that is ironing with essentially the most unbelievable view of blue sea and the gorgeous Turkish mountains, no-one right here was complaining!
Not a foul spot to arrange the Coco Bay Workplace for the week!
That night we have been joined at The Korsan Kuzey by our Hair and Make-up Artist Religion, together with mannequin for the week Barbara Rodiles. Each have been suitably impressed with the lodging, and naturally these superb views!! There are 5 equally sized bedrooms at The Korsan Kuzey, (two doubles and three which may be double or twin) all with stunning sea views and numerous entry to balconies and terraces. You would simply sleep 10 on the property for the week with out getting in anybody’s approach. It’s properly geared up from cooking services right down to the TV/ X-box plus terrace with a pool desk and desk soccer. (If solely we weren’t right here to work!!)
The subsequent few days did contain some early begins as we had so much to get by way of. The blow of the alarm was at all times softened by sunshine stuffed breakfasts on the terrace with such superb sea views. Barbara was then swiftly whisked off to hair and make-up because it normally takes round 90 minutes to get a mannequin ‘digicam prepared’. (It’s price noting for the good thing about us mere mortals, there actually is not any such factor as ‘simply born with it’!)
Barbara trying fab and expertly displaying off the most recent swimwear collections!
It was then full steam forward with the strict photoshoot schedule that we’d spent the previous couple of weeks placing collectively. Coco Bay Director / Shoot Director Belinda isn’t far-off from her trusty clipboard and preserving Co-Director (and photographer/twin sister) Anna on her toes with all the brand new beachwear collections we have been there to seize.
As a swimwear retailer we love providing the flexibleness of a combination and match bikini, however what with bandeaus, wrap fronts, triangles, bralettes, DD cups, halters… (the record goes on) there have been many swift outfit adjustments to get by way of as totally different mixtures have been photographed. There may be at all times a slight underlying feeling of panic that we’ll run out of time and never return to the UK with the photographs we’d like. We’re due to this fact all very eager to maintain issues shifting and have to beat the urge to leap into that infinity pool which appeared so very tempting…!
The extremely tempting infinity pool! Sure, Simpson Journey discovered us the proper again drop as soon as once more!
Off to the Seaside
Off to Patara seaside the place we shot a number of our present beachwear collections.
We determined to shoot a number of the collections on the close by seaside of Patara. It’s a couple of 20 minute drive from Kalkan and supplies an enormous stretch of golden sand with clear blue seas. We simply discovered a quiet spot and all agreed it will be an excellent seaside for a household vacation. There’s a small cafe and wash room services in addition to a lifeguard patrol in the summertime. We additionally seen details about the Sea Turtle conservation program on the seaside run by Medasset who gave recommendation about the place to not sunbathe so as to not disturb the nesting areas. It appears like there may be nonetheless much more that could possibly be finished to guard the turtles in Turkey and in case you are visiting Patara seaside, do take the time to learn this data and make sure you aren’t interfering with any of the native wildlife.
Barbara having fun with the view at Patara Seaside!
We didn’t actually really feel the necessity to depart the villa within the evenings as we have been having fun with the environment a lot. We have been completely satisfied to find the supply service offered by local restaurant The Korsan Meze and loved scrumptious meals like Turkish kebabs, meatballs and conventional meze whereas sitting across the large outside eating desk on the Korsan Kuzey. Within the night the Korsan Kuzey appears simply as gorgeous because the day, we watched countless stunning sunsets then ultimately turned on the gorgeous ambient lights to get pleasure from our evenings outside.
Time to depart…
The week flew by, the solar Kindly shined for us on daily basis, and we have been more than happy to tick the whole lot off our record… Earlier than we knew it the day had come to pack up our (moderately giant) luggage and (very reluctantly) depart The Korsan Kuzey. We’d heard about storms again within the UK and weren’t fairly prepared to depart the balmy October sunshine of Turkey and return to the on-set of the British winter!!
We spent our previous few treasured hours of our keep exploring the city of Kalkan and trying to find souvenirs. Kalkan is a phenomenal place with a pleasant and relaxed really feel, there are fairly white-washed streets to wander and no scarcity of venues to cease for meals and drinks.
Kalkan is a reasonably city with tons to discover
We wish to say an enormous thanks to Simpson Journey for as soon as once more serving to us discover the proper venue and for his or her employees out in Kalkan for taking care of us so properly throughout our keep.
Coco Bay Photoshoot ‘Fast Abstract’ !
3363 pictures taken
6 hours of video footage shot
72 outfit adjustments
34 make-up brushes used
63 litres of water drunk
5 kilos of recent cherries eaten
7 superb sunsets watched
(and probably a few bottles of wine drunk) – properly… it will have been impolite to not with that view to get pleasure from!
The Korsan Kuzey – what an incredible place!
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