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Behind the scenes

On the 24th of August Purl Alpaca Designs ventured to Angelsey Abbey for our annual photoshoot. In addition to Tracy and Kari-Helene, the team consisted off Tiffany – photographer, Jade – model, Charlotte – make-up artist and Dusty and Cleo – natural beauties and superb posers!

Dusty and Cleo are, for those of you not having been to one of our knitting workshops, two of our amazing alpacas! They were transported by van to the location, and let loose in a little paddock where they were running around, a little bewildered at first with their new surroundings. After a couple of shots taken with the alpacas running free, we decided to take them for a little wander around the beautiful grounds to find some good locations. That was when things went wrong for poor Dusty…

Cleo and Dusty had grown accustomed to their new grassy surroundings, and weren’t too keen on moving again, so they put up their best resistance when Tracy tried to catch them and put their head collars back on. After roping in help from the gardeners of the Abbey grounds and from Wendy and her family (who were just visiting), they almost had them cornered when Dusty, looking in another direction, ran into a tree!! She cracked her lip open and started to bleed, poor thing.

But, being a professional model, she soldiered on, and joined us on location in the park. Cleo was happily posing for some amazing shots, walking down a path lined with lush and leafy trees, when a wasp stung Dusty on one of her nipples! Seriously, how unlucky can you be??? Even the hardiest of models must agree, that was more than anyone can be expected to put up with in one day, so Tracy took the alpacas back to their herd.

But we did get some good shots though! Here are some of Kari-Helene’s own snaps of the day; kind of behind the scenes shots…


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