Behind the Scenes of The Shoot: Kew Redwood Grove

 

The shoot that this editorial was based on came from the November 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. Shot by Camilla Akrans and modelled by Emily Tung, this editorial is beautiful for it’s remote and stark landscape and fantastic styling of different coloured fur items. They all looks so bulky and warm, and perfect for the winter months.

 

I especially loved how different colours were mixed together, such as the black leather coat with red fur accents, or the lilac and light orange mixing of fur hat and fur coat. I wanted to create something similar, but because of my build and the fact I’m so short bundling me up in a thick long fur coat is going to look absolutely terrible. I would end up looking like an oompa-loompa. So I had to incorporate this style into something that would fit my body shape more. The coats had to be shorter, as did the dresses and a-line shapes were chosen because they suit my figure better.

I also decided that since I wouldn’t be shooting in such a remote location, the outfit didn’t need to be as thick and heavy.

Image courtesy of Marianne Chua Photography, https://www.mariannechua.com/a-sneak-preview-of-jess-jons-kew-gardens-wedding/kew-gardens-wedding-1-4/

The choice of location was also one that impacted the direction of this shoot quite a bit. I had had it in my mind to shoot among the redwood trees for quite a while, but originally it was supposed to be a knitwear shoot. When that fell through because I just didn’t have the time to organise a shoot, I set about re-designing this shoot to fit another theme and trend before the winter was over and I’d have to wait another half a year before I could use it again.

I was already planning on using these coloured faux fur jackets, so it seemed natural to continue that idea on and incorporate both ideas into one shoot. So, this is the end result. The first half of the shoot might not have been perfect, but the second half in the trees really came out great!

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