Now as usual I took tones of pics on my blackberry, but I have to keep all those behind the scenes pics secret for now until the real live ones are published!
But here is the gossip:
* The theme of the shoot (still a secret) has been in the planning for the best part of a year and saw the outdoors move indoors and the rule of never working with animals or children, well and truly broken.
* The head pieces for the shoot were truly magnificent and create by the one and only . . . Louis Mariette, who was a judge on this years Britain's Next Top Model.
* Mercia had gorgeous skin in the flesh and was totally striking. She brought along her fiance to the shoot, to keep her company, but we all think he was pretty much bored to bits (though apparently he is 'used to it').
*The dress was a one off couture number, made specially for the shoot! While the shoes were provided by Giuseppe Zanotti.
*On the picture above, you can just about make out Mercia as she is being primped and preened by the hair stylist (Noel Gibbins) and Louis Mariettes, gorgeous, blonde assistants!
*Aside from her Company Magazine cover and the shoots on the show, this was one of Mercia's first proper modelling gigs!
xx That's all folks!