This shoot was born from an idea I had when I first went back to Richmond Park to do the Prairie Girl shoot at the end of April. I was checking on the status of the Azalea flowers in Isabella Plantation, and on my way through the little fenced off park to get to my actual location for the shoot, I walked past this heather section of the park. I just loved the colours of the heather and I kept it in mind for a while.
Now usually you generally only shoot heather in the autumn; there’s just something about autumn clothes and heather that fashion magazines love, but there’s no reason not to shoot in heather for the rest of the year.
So this idea of an ethereal queen-like outfit came into my mind with the heather and then I spotted these Online Exclusive dresses by Miss Selfridge and they seemed perfect for this vague concept I had in my mind. I teamed them with my baroque crown and earrings, simple leather strappy sandals and some very dark lipstick. The lace detailing on this dress is absolutely amazing, and it’s only when you go really close up to the dress do you see it. It does look quite a bit like a wedding dress, but if you style it right I think it looses the wedding-aspect pretty quickly. The main thing is not to just look pretty in my opinion, but to either toughen it up or make it look a bit avant-garde. I went for the latter with the gold crown and belt and dark lipstick.
Ultimately I just pulled it off in my mind and some of the images looking really serene and misty from the early morning sun.