B&FC students team up for professional calendar shoot

Published on 19/12/2016 by pfi

A Blackpool and the Fylde College (B&FC) project to produce a charity calendar for a prestigious car dealership will help put students on the road to successful careers.

Hair and beauty students teamed up with colleagues from Creative Arts and Digital Industries to come up with a bespoke product featuring vehicles from Marshall Mercedes Benz of Blackpool.

The calendar includes themed photographs to reflect important diary dates – including Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day – with models’ hair and make-up also produced by students on the day.

Jill Riley, Head of Hair, Beauty & Related Therapies at B&FC, said:

"This project really gave our students experience of what it would be like working as hair and make-up artists on a professional photo shoot.

“It was great to have something which students from the different curriculum areas could work on together to produce such a high-quality product from a specific brief.

“At B&FC our ethos is about working with employers to give students real-life experience of industry so this project was a really worthwhile learning process for them.”

The calendar – which also features monthly themed cakes and recipes – will now be sold at the dealership and the College, to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Nigel Brown, Head of Digital and Creative Media, added:

“Our photographers really took up the challenge when tasked with producing professional, industry standard images for the calendar.

“They put all the skills they have learnt at College into use to produce photographs which really reflect all the different elements required by the brief.”

The project was engineered by Lesley Pellatt, from Marshall Mercedes Benz of Blackpool, who said staff enjoyed working with B&FC to create the unique calendar. She added:

“We are very grateful to the staff and students from the College.

“The students were fantastic. They were very professional and we all had a great time doing the calendar.

“Hopefully this will be good for their portfolios and we have offered to write references for the students involved as they go out into industry.”

Anyone wishing to buy the calendar can contact Marshall Mercedes Benz of Blackpool on (01253) 832832.