Let me introduce you to 'Red Riding Cape.' Sound familiar? This is Little Red Riding Hood's glamorous auntie, and she practically invented her niece's brand daahling!You see, whenever RRC (as I'll call her for short) decides that her new red cape is a little out of fashion, and she needs a new model then she gives the "hopelessly outdated" one to her niece - who then gets all the credit for apparently being the only person to wear said red cape in all of existence!
But don't believe the hype - Auntie is the woman behind single handedly bringing capes back into fashion, and of course she's rarely seen without her sunglasses and trademark red lipstick. Oh, and don't you know that even the basket as an accessory was her idea first? Of course dear, she hands those down to Little Red Riding Hood too. But this aunt isn't bitter about not having the recoginition she so obviously deserves, she just smiles to herself as she rests assured that she is the original trendsetter... Besides, she has a very good therapist.
Sometimes when I do a shoot, I like to create characters to go with the outfits - it really helps me to think about poses and ideas. And I loved the idea of this character so much that I just had to share her!
This red vintage cape was another ebay find ( Yes, Mum and I really have promised that we are not going to log in to ebay for a few months!) I really like the vivid colour, especially against the greenery of the forest. Underneath I am wearing a thrifted H&M lace dress (as the cliche goes, it fits like a glove) and a vintage belt that my grandmother wore in the seventies. Thanks Babi!
You may notice that I am still wearing jodhpurs underneath, as it was very cold so I decided to just keep them on. (This shoot was done just after 'Daddy, I want a pony') The lace up victorian style boots are my mum's, and take about ten minutes to put on... The basket usually stores hats in my room, and the silk scarf is one of a rather large collection that I inherited from my great-grandmother. The black embellished gloves are also from her. There is a brooch/ pin on the cape, which was my grandmother's. It is made up of a fascinating array of miniature objects, from a small cameo to some coins. I should have done a close up of it!
These photos were taken a little further down the path from my last shoot, where it suddenly started meandering into a wood. When the sun went behind a cloud, it felt like a very eery place - full of creaking trees and waving ivy tendrils. So perfect for red riding hood! And there may not have been a wolf's den, but there were plety of fox's burrows around! I love places like this, the photography possibilities seem to be endless...