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Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a photo shoot? Take a peek at how we photographed toy boats for our feature in the September issue... 

When we heard about the exhibition of toy boats at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, we thought antique boats would make the perfect subject for our 'Discovering Antiques' feature in the September issue.

But toy boats, by their very nature, are prone to sinking or breaking so they are a relatively rare breed.

Happily, the National Maritime Museum was only too happy to let us shoot there, giving us access to some extremely fine - and ship-shape - examples.

To achieve the picture at the top of the page, H&A stylist Kiera Buckley-Jones employed a set builder to create the fantastic sea scene.

'I commissioned a stormy sea and a calm sea that resembled a toy theatre,' says Kiera. 'We wanted something playful, as these are essentially toys.'

Kiera arrived early with her props and other antique toy boats she had managed to track down from Paul Drewett (07890 970855; pondyachts@hotmail.com), a collector in Somerset (whose warehouse is pictured above), and London antiques dealers LASSCO.

While waiting for the museum to open, Kiera chatted to the cleaner (pictured) who was sweeping in the museum's stunning grounds. The boats were photographed in the 17th-century Queen's House, which houses the museum's art collection.

The full feature is in the September issue of BBC Homes & Antiques magazine, on sale 4th August.

Photos: Paul Drewett, Kiera Buckley-Jones