A fairytale shoot focusing on the natural world
22 Sep 2020
A post-lockdown hike to Paradise Springs State Park in Eagle, Wisconsin, USA led to this fairytale shoot with elements of water, earth and nature
Photography/Styling: Lottie Lillian Photography
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
The location. I hiked to it with some very dear friends of mine the very first time out of quarantine - we needed fresh air, exercise, and to hang out. My best friend had just lost her doggie of 20 years and video chats just weren’t enough, we had to see each other. We were so surprised by the simple beauty of this place; it now holds a special place in my heart. We chatted away and listened to the quiet, bubbling water of the spring - it was so soothing. Paradise Springs has such an enchanting energy about it - I knew immediately I had to create some magic there, and the history of it is pretty intriguing as well.
What did you choose for the floral arrangement?
Rachel, the florist chose burgundy protea, pennycress fern, parrot tulips, free spirit roses, maidenhair fern, pale yellow buttons and jasmine vine for the beautiful bouquet and wrapped jasmine vine with delicate rose petals for the headpiece.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfit?
Above all things - earthy. But also ethereal, whimsical, colourful and playful. I had met the bride at a wedding a few years back and I knew I wanted to use her as a model immediately for this. She has incredible eyes and needed very minimal make-up. I knew the dress would get dirty so instead of utilizing any of my favourite bridal shops in town, I opted to use an old dress of mine.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
Location was key - we didn’t need much else. The elements of earth (the model and the castle-like stone), air - her blue green eyes, water from the spring, and fire (florals with pops of red) all came together in the most beautifully balanced way.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?
The flower crown added an earthy element to the fairytale vibe and tied it all together. I also knew she needed to be barefoot so you could feel the connection of her to the earth.