BLOG Pilates Modelling Shoot

‘Modelling that sounds like fun’ was my reaction when Colin (Crossfit London) asked me if I would be interested in a couple of days work.

Colin’s girlfriend Jane had a friend looking for pregnant ladies to help her with the photos for her latest book.

Her name was Lynne Robinson of Body Control Pilates and from what I can see is quite a name in the pilates world.

Her new book is all about pregnancy and pilates. Types of exercises for each different stage of pregnancy and for post-natal.

I had never done anything like this before and never thought of myself as model material but my new found pregnant bloom meant I fitted the bill for this shoot and I thought ‘why not’ if anything it would be something to show the nipper when he/she is older.

My journey to find the location this morning was turning out to be quite a mission as the Central line was part suspended and typically it was the part that I needed that was suspended! Not wanting to deal with the stress of finding an alternative route in rush hour with all the other frustrated commuters I jumped into a cab and settled down with a sandwich glad I wasn’t in the mush of people standing at the bus stops!!

I arrived a little later then expected at a beautiful house in Kilburn.

Lynne greeted me at the door and introduced me to the team inside. As there were two Sally’s I was known as Sally Crossfit!

As I said I have never done anything like this before and had no idea what to expect.

Although the house was clearly a residential house the whole of the down stairs had been cleared out to leave a simple room with big bay windows and lots of light.

Photography lights had been set up and a crate filled with lens and bit and bobs for the camera were stashed to the side.

The house had an integrated music system which played while we worked. It was a beautiful house!!

I have to say if I felt nervous to start with I was put right at ease within minutes as everyone was very friendly.

After a cup of tea and an offering of a danish I went to meet Maria the make up artist.

In front of her was the biggest collection of Bobbi Brown Make up and brushes I had ever seem. I wouldn’t know where to start!

In make up
In make up

For the shoot, make up was to be natural. I have to admit being fussed over and made up is a very nice experience especially when your pregnant and haven’t got the energy to do it for yourself!

By the time I had my make up on and hair done another pregnant lady Lindsay arrived. Lindsay was I little further along then me.

Finally I was given a bright top to wear before going in front of the camera.

There was a prop of a bright green chair which I was to sit in for the shots. I was to show a move called a Floating arms.

Floating Arm
Floating Arm

Now came the fun part as I was talked and eased into position lengthening the neck, relaxing the shoulders, lifting a hand a fraction, then dropping it a fraction, relaxing my fingers all to get the best possible shot.

Maria was on side to powder noses and feet to make sure there was no shine in the shots!

This must be a snippet into the life of Kate Moss!

It was fun but you would never think that holding positions would be that much hard work!

Phew we did a few more positions before taking a break and letting Lindsay take the stage.

It was my turn to put my feet up.

After a break for lunch we took turns in doing a few moves each so as not to get too tired.

The day continued till 4.30 when I was allowed to go home.

I had had fun but boy was I tired with such an early start and all! I must have yarned a hundred times in the cab ride home.

Before I left I did get to see a mock sheet of how some of the pages will look and I think it will be such a nice thing to show the baby when it’s older.

They also want pictures of all the babies from the mothers they have used as a thanks you and insert them at the end of the book. What a nice idea!

Thanks Colin for putting me in touch with Lynne. I had a fab day and can look forward to another days work with Lynne next week.

I can’t wait to see the book.


Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Coach

2 thoughts on “BLOG Pilates Modelling Shoot”

  1. Hey honey bun, sounds like you had a great experience and been well looked after! Cant wait to see the book with pictures of you and Snoopy in it! Get it signed and you will be telling your little one proudly later on ‘Mummy was a model!’
    Well proud of you sweetie! xxx

  2. Hi Sally – I am probably being dumb – found your blog, but can’t find an email address to send the photos to. nor a way to attach them here… Can you email me when you get this and I will send them on!

    Good class this morning – thanks for persevering with that damned pencil that I keep losing!



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