You can take the girl out of St Andrews but you can’t take St Andrews out the girl pretty much sums up Wendy Rigg.
London-based for many years and now associate editor of a weekly woman’s magazine, Wendy’s heart still lies in her home town so when she had the chance to bring a fashion shoot to St Andrews, she jumped at the chance.
Wendy said: “I love to come up to Scotland as often as I can to see my family, and I’ve thought for a long time what fantastic settings for fashion shoots there are in the area.
“From the West Sands to the wilder beaches around Kingsbarns, to the cobbled streets and the pier – all are such beautiful backdrops. Not to mention fantastic locations at Cambo Estate.”
The trip took about two months to plan, with photographer Steven Simko, who has worked for American Vogue, flying over from Los Angeles.
It was also a bit of a family affair.
The transport was organised by Links Golf Tours, run by brother Mark Rigg in St Andrews, the driver was nephew Sam Rigg (18) and even the race horse used in one of the shoots belongs to niece Aimee Rigg (15), a pupil at Madras.
It has been a few years since Wendy was at Madras.
When she left 35 years ago she started as a trainee journalist with DC Thomson in Dundee, becoming fashion editor at just 17 of the ‘Jackie’.
Despite changeable weather, the shoot was a huge success, and the first two fashion stories appeared in this week’s issues of ‘Reveal’ and ‘Best’.
The crew also fell for St Andrews’ charms, with the photographer fulfilling a lifelong ambition to play the Old Course.
The models, Bruna from Brazil and Milou from Holland, were equally impressed.
“Both were amazed by the beauty of St Andrews and sampled the ice cream from Janettas, which they absolutely loved,” said Wendy.
Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland’s Regional Director for Fife, said: “I’m delighted that Wendy chose to head home for this fantastic photo shoot. St Andrews makes a beautiful backdrop and I’m sure that these stunning images of the town will inspire many readers to book a holiday to the Kingdom.”