Tuesday, 9 November 2010

She was never lovelier (Part 1)









My latest (well, one of the last ones before my operation) behind the camera venture was with the ever gorgeous Zoe. After poring over my well-cherished Richard Avedon and Irving Penn photography books, I decided I wanted to try something new - namely an entirely monochrome shoot. From there, everything slotted into place. I flicked through my moodboard book (invaluable for providing inspiration),  and found one I'd put together based on Hollywood Glamour. Couple this with a few recently watched vintage movies such as Top Hat and Sabrina, and the idea was born.
In fact, the title of this post is a referemce to a Fred Astaire film called 'You were never lovelier'. He was a mesmerising dancer. Having said that, so were Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor (not to mention Debbie Reynolds) in 'Singin' in the Rain' - my new favourite film!
 I took the idea of Zoe being a thirties or forties screen siren - beautiful clothes, a natural grace and classic looks. I really love working in black and white. It's an interesting exercise in focusing on lines, shapes and light rather than being distracted by colours. Although I don't feature them on my blog, I work a lot in doing black and white portraiture too. I will never tire of being fascinated by the human face - from baby to great-grandma. Most of my friends and family are now used to me whipping out my camera discreetly and hovering surreptitiously.

For the first look, I styled Zoe in a thirties black lace dress belonging to my mum, over a thrifted black body-con dress. Zoe had to gingerly climb over a gate in this ensemble, with me watching nervously, praying the nothing would happen to the fragile lace.. I added my favourite vintage belt (it belonged to my paternal grandma), a glass bead necklace from my maternal great-grandma and some charity shopped peep toe shoes.

Part of the second outfit already had an outing on my blog a long time ago, albeit in a much more colourful shoot (To the lighthouse). This absolutely amazing skirt was given to me by mum's second cousin. The swirling panels have been stitched together in such a way that it flares out at the bottom - perfect for twirling around in! To this I added a charity shopped black top, a crystal pendant that used to belong to my great-grandma, and some Mary-Janes I used to own and subsequently gave to Zoe.

The third (taken in front of some velvet curtains artfully draped over the tree house in our garden!) is a satin evening coat that was bought by my mum ages ago at a flea market, for fifteen pounds. Yes, let me repeat that - fifteen pounds!!Aren't the buttons amazing? She's also wearing an art deco necklace I've had since I was little.

The locations are all places surrounding where I live. Although you can't see it, in the first photo Zoe is actually posing inside a hollow tree. I chose very rural locations to contrast with the sophisticated style, creating a juxtaposition between landscape and subject. I doubt I will ever be bored of taking photos in fields and woods, or of using natural light for that matter... Talking of light, it was a perfect late afternoon (we managed to squeeze this in after school one day) for photography - neither too harsh nor too dull. I would call it sun-kissed if that wasn't cliched. Zoe and I finally finished as the sun set behind us, and we scampered back inside for some well deserved cups of tea and cake.

Note - I will be anouncing the winners of my mummy's scissors giveaway (along with what I hope will be an extended link list) in my next post. But in the meantime, do take a look at some of the gorgeous creations I listed in previous posts.

28 comments:

sacramento said...

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Pearl Westwood said...

Beautiful shots as always, the evening coat is absolutely stunning, I love how the last image looks misty so magical x

Des Histoires de Pieds... said...

Vert Great pics..!!! Love them ;))
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❤Cate❤ said...

Beautiful photos xoxo

Penny Dreadful said...

Great photos, love the one of the striped satin circle skirt. And Singing in the Rain is one of my favourite films too!

Ellie Jane said...

I adore all these pictures so much! I think though the third will have to be my favourite as the movement is wonderful! I can't believe that coat was only 15 pounds! OH and I will be posting my mummy scissors post in the coming days!

Glenda C said...

nice post

Natalie Suarez said...

amazing work! she is beautiful, as are you! and u look amazing after the surgery. back straight and perfect! and wow, dy said you are about 5'11?! we're talking supermodel! :)

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Fashionistable said...

Wonderful images. The 1st, 3rd and final one are my personal favourites. L love the way you approach your stories. Very mature. Xxxx

starcakeastrology.blogspot.com said...

i love these! i love the one of her sitting in the grass.. sorta reminds me of Edward Weston's stuff too

Kellie W. said...

Oh my gosh, these are amazing! You're so talented. The first and last pictures are my favorites, but they all honestly look like something you'd see in a fashion magazine.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

These are absolutely lovely!

adrielleroyale said...

GORGEOUS pictures! Beautiful girl! Love that skirt too :))

Raez said...

beautifully styled and shot shoot! i adore the lace and the lighting is perfect in each shot. great job Roz!

xx raez

Linh said...

Love black & whites photographies! Great blog btw!!

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Kate said...

Amazing pictures- so professional! Gorgeous black lace dress and I can't believe your mum got the beautiful evening coat for fifteen pounds! Such a bargain!
As always- amazing post!
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Sue said...

Absolutely stunning skirt!

You are a the best in taking pics!

Sha said...

Amazing pictures. I love anything shot in black and white. Very beautiful.
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Morgan Jordan said...

So terribly gorgeous.

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Raquel D. said...

amazing...pics!!!


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polka dot said...

I absolutely love these photos, Roz, Zoe is beautiful and you're got such an amazing eye: it moves me that you've got your photographic genes from your dad, as I did from mine (he is wonderful by the way!)

Also love that you did this series in black and white. Just finally posted the first three of what will be a series from my visit last week:

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Hope you're getting stronger and healthier every day. You are an inspiration in every way. xox

MargieF said...

i completely agree with you about where you like to do shoots. fields and especially the forest where i live are my favourite places to take pictures. anywhere natural really because it gives a lovely atmosphere to any photos
margief
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styleodyssey said...

wonderfu as always, roz. you have a way with black and white photography. it is NOT easy, is it? but when done well, it's magic. i sincerely hope you're improving each day. sending love and continued well-wishes! xo

Zorian said...

I love the photos in B&W. Great Pics.

November Grey said...

I love how you connect your photography with your beloved novels. Lovely photos, Roz.


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arbuziary said...

I like black and white, but I would work on contrast of that photos..

Spence. said...

Incredibly beautiful photos, you're really talented!
x

Jazzabelle said...

i wrapped my scissors a couple of days ago, they are very simple like my style and my art. i simply wrapped them in some black lace i bought at my local car boot sale. i shall incorporate them into an outfit post soon (when i say soon it can take me anything from a day to a month, i'm so useless) when i have i shall send some shots your way if you'd like?

these shots are lovely, sometimes photographs just work so much better in black and white. i adore the skirt, it has such beautiful movement!

i hope you are feeling better roz, looking forward to your next post. oh, and i can't believe all this time i haven't been following you! i am on your blog so often i just assumed i was. i shall be following you from now on :)


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