I’ve always been fascinated by the Arthurian legend of the Lady of the Lake. The ruler of Avalon has taken many names since Medieval times but the legend has always woven love with magic.
This styled shoot takes a darker interpretation and we LOVE it… it’s now a couple of years old but it’s still one of our favourites. Lets take a look back at how this shoot came together…
Charlotte of Legend Bridal Designs says: I’m not entirely sure how the idea evolved but somehow the Lady of the Lake idea grabbed hold of our imagination and took on a life of its own. The initial idea and location was Kerry Baker MUA’s brainchild, but what it turned into perhaps wasn’t envisaged by any of us at the outset. After showing me a couple of photos of a recent trip to Buttermere Lake, that first grain of an idea turned into something we can all be proud of.
Kerry and I had worked on a couple of projects together and a harmless conversation turned into a plan, a simple idea into a mighty project and what started out as a very romantic, possible risk the dress shoot, very quickly turned into a much more creative, sod the dresses photo shoot.
Well, if you’re going to do something, do it properly!
Legend Bridal created a new dress specifically for this shoot. “We wanted to use fabrics that would catch the breeze and float on water. We chose layers of the softest tulle on the richest darkest aubergine and layered with satin.”
Kerry also let her imagination run wild “I wanted to create a dark, seductive with an earthy quality for Rosie. Her eyes were laced with purples and green pigments to compliment the tones in the dress. And our temptress was also given dramatic lashes and glossy, wine coloured lips to complete the look.
The products I used on the shoot are almost entirely by Illamasqua…and it is thanks to their amazing skin base foundation that the Rosie’s skin looks flawless both before and after the dunkings! “
We called on a handful of amazing individuals to help us bring this idea together:
Duncan Fisher interpreted our vision perfectly, creating tempestuous tresses. The weather was quite mean to us so Duncan had to work particularly hard to keep the locks in order through the wind and rain… and repeated dunkings in the water!
We were also delighted to have Chic Flowers of Leyland on board too. Chic Flowers is a new venture but they are not new to floristry and the bouquets and hair pieces they created for our theme were amazing. They knew exactly what we were looking for and really pulled out all the stops.
We approached ZT Photography absolutely certain that Zo and Liam were the right team for the job. I’d worked with Zo and Liam on a previous shoot and knew the idea would spark their interest. I caught my breath the first time I saw some of the images and I’m still in awe of the levitation shots!
Our model Rosie was completely amazing and perfect for this theme. It was a cold and windy day and she didn’t even blink an eyelid to getting in the freezing cold water, repeatedly and completely! I certainly wouldn’t relish lying in cold stony water as the sun dips behind the hills and the wind whips wet hair against my face, but Rosie was completely committed to what we were trying to achieve and I love her for it.
I can’t tell you the excitement we’ve had over this photo shoot. Right from the very beginning we’ve know it was going to be pretty special but the results just blow us away. The anticipation to see the images has just been insane… I was literally on the edge of my seat as I downloaded the folder and waited as each image loaded.
Little Black Book:
Dresse – Legend Bridal Designs
Make up – Kerry Baker MUA
Hair – Duncan Fisher
Flowers – Chic Flowers
Photography – ZT Photography