BEHIND THE SCENES
WITH India Hicks &
One morning — quite early before any coffee consumption, India Hicks invited me to join her at her home outside London to shoot the holiday catalogue for her new lifestyle brand. I was thrilled. I had mostly photographed India at her home in the Bahamas, so I quickly accepted her invitation and booked my flight. Unfortunately, I made one small oversight ... I was scheduled to run a half marathon the day I was flying out. No big deal, it's a red eye flight. I convinced myself I would be so exhausted after huffing and puffing my way through 13.2 hilly miles that I would simply pass out on the plane and wake up refreshed and ready to go.
In theory, it would have been an acceptable plan had I not been wedged into a fully occupied row next to a sleepy, sweaty jumbo sized youth and a window seat with a view of a roaring jet engine. There was no sleep to be had and my stiff achey legs refused to find even one comfortable position through the entire 8 hour flight. Exhausted, I powered on with the knowledge that my arrival was 24 hours in advance of our scheduled shoot and a nice cozy nap in one of India's beautifully appointed guest rooms would be in my near future.
So you can imagine my surprise when I walked into India's kitchen, bags in tow, to find an entire photo crew preparing to do a full day of shooting with the beautiful, energetic lady of the house.
"Britt, You are here!" she exclaimed and ran across the room to greet me with a warm hug and kisses.
"Tatler magazine is here doing a story on me. Want to come along?"
“Of course!” I heard myself say as I thought about the big fluffy bed at the end of the hall.