Sunday, 10 April 2011

Flight of the bumblebee (part 1)






Spring has most definitely sprung (Indeed, in the first photo it seems that my friend Shona is conducting the change of seasons - while levitating). For me, there are several definitive things that mark the end of winter. However, the two that are appropriate here are the hoards of daffodils as fresh and new as the day they inspired Wordsworth, and the re-emergence of the humble bumble bee.
That striped little insect was the inspiration for my latest behind-the-camera shoot, with a beautifully elegant friend. My idea was that Shona would flit around this local arboretum in several gold, yellow and black combinations while looking like a rather glamorous bumble bee in search of sunshine. However, I'm afraid that golden light was off the menu. It had been amazing the previous day, but stayed resolutely chilly and misty for the duration of our photo session. So, to use a little creative licence - just imagine that this particular bumble bee has got up very early in the morning...

The styling started with a skirt. The garment in question was found at a jumble sale last autumn; the colourful stripes like a beacon among fleeces and rugby shirts. I whipped it out, and immediately christened it the "bumble bee" skirt. 25p later, and it had joined the many other spoils in a bulging binbag. I have to admit at the time I did think "It's incredible, but when on earth will I wear it?" Then, lo and behold, Ms Prada works her magic and everyone is suddenly diving for bright stripes.

Here, I put it with one of Shona's leotards (it's obvious from her poise as well as those pointe shoes that this girl knows her arabesques) and a vintage necklace that used to be my mum's. The sash tied around her waist is vintage, as are the sunglasses.

When the second part of this themed set of photos emerges in a couple of posts time, you will notice that the yellow tights are something of a re-occurence in my styling. Here they are layered under the same leotard as above, with a vintage sheer dress over the top. The wedge heels are from ebay.

I had so much fun scooting around the wood (no better way to get exercise than to realise you have left something vital that is needed urgently about a quarter of a mile back), and lying among the daffodils to get the perfect angle. However, hot soup was a necessity as soon as we'd finished shooting, and it took a while for my hands to get back to a functional temperature.

Giveaway announcement time for the classic cameo, courtesy of LUXXOR. From suggestions for notable figures in literature, or stars of screen and song to a thoughtful suggestion to reverse the classical colours of a cameo by placing Emanuela de Paula on a white background, with a wonderful sprinkling of the wacky and whimsical in between, I was utterly spoiled for choice! In fact, it got to the point where I couldn't make a rational decision - therefore, I put my favourite entries into my grey felt Jaeger brimmed hat. I can now announce that the winner is Olivia. Congratulations! If only I had multiple cameos to give away... Mind you, given all the amazing suggestions everyone put forward, I'm tempted to start up a business specialising in alternative cameos! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.

33 comments:

Kellie W. said...

Even without any golden, springtimey sunshine, these turned out absolutely gorgeous! I'm terrified of real bumblebees, but I'd love them if they were all this cute! :D

Natalie Suarez said...

wow, so so beautiful! love these images :)

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The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

I adore both outfits, the striped skirt looks wonderful paired with the leotard. The last photo is splendid, are those glass bees or some sort of amazing candy confection?

Weather has been wacky here too, yesterday I wore a wool coat, today I went around with bare legs!

le sorelle said...

lovely photos! it's almost telling the story of springtime the way you start out in all black and finish in the colorful skirt! great job!

-j
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Lacee Swan said...

absolutely adorable photoshoot! love the photo with the bees!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Am I really a first comment...be still the beating heart. Love the spring time herald of the daffodil and these wonderfully styled photos.

While I am bummed I didn't win the cameo, my good sportsmanship will give a shout out to the lucky Olivia!

Vintage Space said...

Beautiful colours! bzzz xx

Caitlin Rose said...

the photos are beautiful. and still have enough light to make her look like a beautiful bumble bee : )

xx

Caitlin Rose

M & Em said...

The photography is just stunning; You look gorgeous! I especially love your sunglasses. Cute, cute!

xoxo
Em
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Steffys Pros and Cons said...

these pictures are adorable!!


<3 steffy
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the nyanzi report said...

I always look forward to your posts because they give us so much more in terms of photography, fashion and great writing. You take time to think them out properly.

Lydia said...

Gorgeous pics!! I love the theme.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

daffodils = spring to me! no matter the chill.
the levitation photo is simply magical. i love your spring-time bumble bee inspiration. shona is a lovely girl and she looks becoming in yellow.
-Style Odyssey
(blogspot is giving me fits today)

Penny Dreadful said...

Second one down is my favourite, because she looks like a deer who has just heard a twig snap. Your photographs are always wonderful x

olivia said...

*faints* Wow. I won. Thank you so much!

I'd just skimmed this post, marveling at your bumblebee outfits, during a study hall and hadn't read the text... I just about died!

Please tell Shona that she is gorgeous. :)

Fashionistable said...

Beautiful shots the one on the log is magical. How are the exams going? Are they over yet? Xxxxx

Raez said...

Haha, thanks for your sweet comment Roz :) Although I assure you my waist is not tiny! I think it's the contrast between the huge jacket shoulders and the tulip skirt that does the trick;)

And as always, I adore your shoots! The black layered mesh outfit with the yellow tights peeking from underneath is so fun. What a great way to translate the bee theme!

xx Raez

nicki said...

The second photo is sheer genius. No pun intended! <3

The Fancy Teacup said...

Both the dress and the striped "bumblebee" skirt are true beauties. You look lovely!

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much love.

Pearl Westwood said...

The bumblebee skirt is wonderful! Mrs Prada has a lot to answer for this season, I found a fantasic striped dress for £3 which will be my favourite all summer. The second photo looks like a movie still, so beautiful x

Fashionistable said...

Thank you for your lovely comment. Say hello to your Mum for me and thank her too. Oh yes I forgot its mocks 1st. Thinking about you. Xxxx

Litla said...

Another brilliantly themed and clever photo shoot from you. I'm always so impressed with your work! So beautiful. I contacted you a few months back regarding what camera to invest in (seeing as I was a beginner blogger) and you were so incredibly sweet and helpful. I can't thank you enough! Now my blog is finally up and running with my illustrations, collages and archives. You're on my favorite bloggers list: http://litlarotta.blogspot.com/.
Thank you for doing what you do...Never stop!
xo Litla Rotta

S.A.K said...

The second photo with her on a log is beautiful. It reminds me of a drawing of a Flower Fairy, from those books by Cicely Mary Barker. And amazing tights, by the way!

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Erica Abbiss-Biro said...

Synchonicity at play here - was just eyeing up the fabulous bumblebee earrings at Daisy Jewellery...LOVE this theme!
Erica x
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LonnekeS said...

sooo cutee <3

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Cassidy said...

You have an impeccable style darling!

Amy (London, UK) said...

Great combo of colours and I love those glasses!

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amy said...

bumble bees are sweet and honey eyed. ive always love watching them wander through my garden.

you are a precious plum. i'll have you know. i adore all of the photography, and words on your blog. so much so. i am following you x


hope to hear from you*
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Pierrot le Fou said...

adorable photos and beautiful clothes!

Jessica said...

This is great! Lovely photo's!

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BobbieAustin27 said...

beautiful pictures!
your friends outfits look great
cool blog! now following :)
maybe you can follow back?

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Sarah Rose said...

What fantastic photos,- especially the second, it reminds me of 'Where The Wild Things Are'- not to mention what a beautiful model! Just looking at these photos makes me grateful that the weather has now, hopefully, made a turn for the best; yet it are days like this that I love to wrap up in my old and beloved Arun jumper and walk amongst the lovely daffodils and bluebells- as shown here!

I was just wondering, are you on 'chictopia', if not you should; you, in my opinion, would be a fashion icon within the first month. Some of your outfits are very (wonderfully) unique. :)

Love, Rose. x

Happy Easter!

Ag said...

Lovely photo series! I personally love the stripped skirt!