When The Great British Farm Project posted a status on their facebook page about wanting to make an animal calendar I immediately knew I could do something.
One of my closest friends is an amazing photographer, I work in the creative media industry and I honestly believed that using the contacts I had, I could enable this to actually happen.
I wasn’t sure quite who or how – especially when it came to actually printing the final product. I have never made a calendar before, but I just knew I was in a place where I was surrounded by the talents that the Great British Farm Project were in need of.
The GBFP had faith and agreed to let me take on the challenge. I was straight on the phone to my favourite two men. Richard Cullen and Tom Leishman.
Richard is a ‘Can do’ guy. Short time scales and pressures don’t phase him, say the words ‘Oh and I need it all for Free’ and he doesn’t even blink. Richard has worked with the most incredible talents and runs the beautifully artistic Saint Kidd clothing line. He knows other ‘can do’ people and he has a heart of gold. Add a love for animals and he’s my perfect man!
Tom Leishman is an award winning photographer, well known for his music photography and having worked with the likes of Maroon 5, McFly, The Saturdays and more recently McBusted! Tom is a long time friend and an undeniable talent, despite the fact that he had never photographed animals before, he was our obvious first choice.
Actually the fact that he had no experience photographing animals appealed to us because we wanted to create a calendar like no other.
The Charity calendar market is swamped. We’ve all seen a cute creature calendar. Dogs of all shapes and sizes, chickens on bales of hay and cats in silly hats.
We had to make sure the Great British Farm Project calendar was something different.
We wanted to be honest to the farm and true to the animals stories. These are rescue animals. Not camera trained performers.
With the gentle care of GBFP founders Stephen and Tracy and some tasty treats each months star stood still, looked straight down the lens and gave us their time…Looking back, it’s almost as if they knew it was for a good cause, as if they knew it was for them!
(Apart from Brenda – she was a diva)
Talent, time, a good heart and a little bit of faith mean’t we got the most beautiful images. On the drive back to London we were inspired and shooting off emails to every contact we had. Friends and work mates pulled in the favours and everyone came together.
With the wonderful talents and generosity of those named below we actually made it happen. They all took the promise I made to the Great British Farm Project and made sure I fulfilled it.
This calendar was produced entirely on kindness. Therefore every penny goes to the GBFP.
100% of sales goes to the animals.
Get yours today and pop one in a stocking for a friend.
Graphic designer Kate Stretton – KateLoveDesign
Artist Amelia Tindall
We DID IT!