We took these shots a while back and haven’t put them up until now as Callum was spending extra time on them, to make sure they were just so. It’s been so hard keeping from sharing them with you all, but today is finally the day, and I really hope they’re worth the wait! Over the last few months we’ve been working hard at crafting beautiful editorial style shoots, really focusing on finding locations and outfits that are a perfect match. Girl in the Lens has come so far over the years, and we’ve been eager to move on from the days where we’d shoot looks in the streets outside our houses! We want it to be a real fashion destination, a place where you can find style inspiration but also creative photography and ideas too. Part of that is coming soon in our blog redesign – another thing I can’t wait to share with you guys! But it’s also starting with posts like this, through which I hope you can get a sense of the magic we felt shooting in this gorgeous location!
These bluebell woods in Hartwood Forest are one of my favourite places to go for long, slow walks, losing yourself in the beauty of the landscape and just letting your mind drift into dreams. So many of my book ideas have found inspiration amongst these trees! I’ve always wanted to do a shoot here, but I knew it had to be the perfect time, so the light and colours were just right. One Sunday, Callum and I decided to finally give it a go. It had been raining all day, grey and cloudy, but then around eight in the evening the sun broke through, so we grabbed our things and rushed over, running up the muddy path from the car park to the woods. It had gotten dark again in the time we were driving, but as soon as we stepped into the woods the light just came shining down, dappling the forest floor and turning the bluebells the most beautiful, vivid colour.
It was magical. The shoot was a bit of a rush too as we only had a few minutes left of daylight, but perhaps that makes it even more precious. I felt like a complete princess in my oh-so-gorgeous Jarlo Tillie dress and delicate Swarovski pieces – blue to match the flowers! – and these photos were totally worth ruining my heels in the mud for. To win your own Jarlo Tillie dress, just enter using the below form. It’s such a beautiful dress I had to give more than one away, so there are two up for grabs (one per winner). The size small will fit UK 8-12 as it’s a stretchy fabric, so hopefully you’ll be able to wear it. If not, it’d make a lovely gift!
Good luck sweeties! And I hope you like the pictures from our little shoot in the woods. Callum and I so happy with them, and that we got to share this magical moment with you all x