Once upon a time there lived a queen. Oh, so beautiful and oh, so terrible. Her beauty held such power that the Lords and Ladies of the court quaked and quivered and banished her to the depths of the forest.
She dug her hands into the rich, wet soil and the forest poured into her, filled her up with its roots and its rage and its long, long life.
If you were to ask me what my favourite thing to do was, I would probably say this. Exactly this. Running around a beautiful place with beautiful people, making beautiful images and telling beautiful stories.
A while ago, Sparrow found a dress and a skirt and decided they might look better with a little magic. Once again, she astounds me. She took a very normal, plain-looking dress and a little lacy skirt and turned it into something sublime. So sublime, that Nadine decided pre-photoshoot that she would be buying it as soon as we were finished.
We had planned to have this shoot in May but it didn’t pan out and I am so glad.
I was slightly nervous to discover that it would be glaringly sunny and blisteringly hot as that was definitely not the vibe we were going for and Nadine was going to be decked head-to-toe in black, but we are nothing if not commited and we were out shooting by 7am and done before the heat really started to pick up. Sparrow and Nadine are warriors, the make-up and hair were done by the time I got there and we hopped straight in the the car and headed out to the C.S. Lewis Reserve nearby.
Nadine is a magical creature, and all thanks must go to her for her commitment; not everyone would allow paint to be applied to their fingers using pond water because we forgot to bring any other kind of water. We are true professionals here. Always.
We definitely did not attach Nadine to a tree by her hair and threaten to leave her there for autheticity. Or to become one with the trees. Definitely not. Wouldn’t dream of it. Never.
I anticipate that there will be a part two. I adore so many images from this shoot, I am certain I will end up editing a lot more. Watch this space.