There is nothing more magical than reading a book, having the words paint pictures in your head in a way nothing else can, so when Sparrow suggested making our own little slice of magic using a book, who was I to refuse?
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the familiar set dressing, the descerning brains among you may have gone a step further. Yes, this tiny little set was indeed shot on that one Saturday in April which is definitely in the running for my favourite day of the year.
This is Sparrow. The only face of our feathers that has not yet been formally introduced in this blog (though, if you've been following my work since before this wonderful new website, thanks Squarespace, you will have seen both Sparrow and Wren many times before). She is my best friend and platonic soulmate and she has the uncanny knack of being able to pluck the prop ideas out of my brain and bring them into reality in glorious technicolour. (Or not technicolour, depending on the prop.) All in all, she is fantastic and I would not be where I am without her.
Sparrow has a way with her hands. I love the way she holds them in photos (I may have to do a series just based on her hands, I've not told her this yet... well, I have now!). There's an edgy kind of grace to the way that she poses and I am here for it.
These were fairly impromptu, as a lot of our shoots have been and I am so pleased with the results, the way the warm light is hitting her neck and jaw in the main shot and the cool natural light from the other side (reflected by a pale room), the deep burgundy of her dress. Magic doesn't need to be wildly complicated all the time, sometimes it can be simple and rich and clean.