Friday, 9 July 2010

Silence invades the breathing wood

Okay, so the title (taken from WH Auden's 'Warm are the Still and Lucky miles') only technically refers to two of the three locations here, but it was impossible to find a line combining both meadow and wood! Really the first set of photos ought to have been titled something like  "Bells that toll across the meadows" - another Auden line (from 'Underneath an Abject Willow') But hey, you can;t have everything!

As you may have guessed, this is part two of my latest behind-the-camera venture taking photos of the beautiful Emma. What you can't see in these shots is that in the latter two locations, it was raining. This meant some very inventive umbrella propping/ holding and imaginative camera angles had to be used! However Emma was a real star, patiently posing on a slippery fallen tree or in a very wet wood while I attempted not to get water on the lens.

However, the sun did make a cursory appearance in the morning just in time for meadow leaping through buttercups in the long floral dress - Emma had to jump a fair few times to get that first photo! Fortunately for photographic purposes, she's a ballet dancer, which I think is apparent in the way she holds herself.
This dress has already been featured on my blog. I lovingly nickname it my 'Erdem style dress' as the crazy pattern looks like a child's collage of cut out flowers. The little fifties satin shrug over the top used to be my mum's and the faux pearl necklace was a family member's.

I really enjoyed putting together the second outfit featured. I used this (charity shopped) long tartan skirt as a dress once before, way back in Autumn, but felt it needed another 'outing'! Here I layered it over a silk Savile Row blouse (the wonders of ebay!) and added a scarf my grandma gave me. The colours on it graduate very subtly from milky coffee on one side, to cappucino on the other. (It was definitely time for some more coffee references!) The boots (yes, again, I know!) are those old seventies favourites of both mine and Emma's, and the belt has a full length description below.
I wish I could have included a picture to show you the grand scale of this fallen tree, but alas they were all landscape style, which don't work as well with my blog format!

The third and final outfit was also the simplest. A very long vintage silk nightshirt (second hand - ebay again, I love that place!) cinched with a vintage seventies belt my paternal grandma gave me, to create a shirt dress. I wanted to contrast the white of the shirt/ dress with very gloomy lighting, so I suppose the rain helped there!

The five outfits featured over two posts has been my favourite shoot with Emma so far, and I hope this reflects in the images.

It was my last day of school today for this school year. (finally!) However, I don't officially go on holiday for another two weeks, as I now have 'work experience' (like two mini internships of a week each), which I am really looking forward to. However, it means I might be posting less frequently as I'll be very busy and/ or tired. I'll try my best though!

After those two weeks are finished then I can start on all the creative projects I have planned for the summer- a healthy dose of photography, lots of day trips, sewing, drawing, reading, daily coffee doses, indolent lounging around making moodboards, seeing friends, a music festival, sharing a marathon of classic movies, blog posting - well that goes without saying,  and (weather permitting) at least one midnight picnic. I can't wait!


Ellie jane said...

These pictures are beautiful. I especially love the first, stunning.

Viktoria with a K said...

As always: love the style, love your model, LOVE your pictures! Enjoy your internships!

Indigo said...

oh this look is lovely!

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE the photos! They are gorgeous! My favorite is the first one :D

Emma said...

Beautiful pictures I love the outfits!

Laura Gerencser said...

Love the pics!! and I absolutely love that second outfit!! I want those boots!!;):):)

Suzannah said...

I love number 2 and 6 the best. Great photography. :)

Daphne said...

the boots are magnificent. as are your photographs, you just keep amazing me with your talent. i'm a drawer, not a photographer, i'm afraid. but i'm working on it!xx
ps: now that i've already recommended a book before, here's an other i think you'll quite like. The graveyard book. have you already read it? if you didn't i really recommend it, you'll love it.;)

annierama said...

thanks for your sweet comment!
Your blog is so amazing and I love every picture you take or that is taken of you!
and the locations are always perfectly chosen!

kat said...

Roz, these photos of the beautiful Emma are gorgeous!
I like the one lying in the meadow and the tartan skirt brings in a touch of autumn.
Your plans for your summer sound wonderful, especially the midnight picnic! Maybe you'll spot some fairies.
Thanks for your reply re my post. It should be up next wk but I'll let you know
summertime wishes
kat xx

Anonymous said...

lovely, lovely! i like shooting in gloomy weather. it gives a contemplative mood to the photos.
what beautiful surroundings, the woods and meadow.

Anonymous said...

I love the tweed skirt. Emma does definitely look like a dancer. :) The shots are great. What kind of camera do you use? What are you doing for your internships? I wish the US would do a program like that!

new post : paloma vintage, coming soon!

Olivia Isabella. said...

The first photo is just magical. And yes, her posture and poise is phenomenal.
UO x

kirstyb said...

that dress is gorge xxx

Blue Note said...

so lovely pictures! and you have amazing red hair

mirror said...

oh, a midnight picnic? that sounds so fun! what a cool tradition!
i love the pictures :)

tough girl said...

Amazing photos!

danniekate said...

thanks for the sweet comment :) words can't describe my lust for that hair!

Alice In Fashionland said...

Beautiful pictures, the first is stunning. The jumping was worth it.

Carly said...

Thanks for your comment Roz, I certainly agree on the countryside walks and such. I love the sound of your midnight picnic. Me and my sisters used to run around in the fields of maze at midnight on our summer holidays. The best childhood memories.

I love how simple yet how elegant Emma makes the third outfit, she looks amazing in it. I also love your dedication to your shoots even when the British weather couldn't hold off for you.

Yet again more great finds on Ebay, you must be a pro at searching for vintage now. Can't wait to hear about your summer adventures and your work experience. Are you going anywhere exciting?

Carly. x

Pearl Westwood said...

I can't choose a favourite, but I do love the long night shirt dress. Thanks as always for you lovely comments x

Anonymous said...

These pictures are awesome, especially the ones that are in motion!!


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Gracie said...

What lovely photos and outfits! I love the one lying down in the meadow, so peaceful!
Taking photos in the rain is very hard! I usually put a cardigan over my head and camera so it's just the tip of the lense poking through :p

Anonymous said...

my gosh whatt wonderful pictures.

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Great shots again, you definitely have a talent!
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November Grey said...

The last shot is amazing.


Rose said...

this looks wondrous,
and love the auden reference

thingsIlove said...

Great pictures! I love the first one.

Jill said...

this shoot is enchanting! i love your choice of long dresses. the white is my fav. are those Persona bracelets?
keep the photos coming. you have such talent!

xoo Jill

Raji said...

These photos are fantastic
Absolutely captivating

{anabella} said...

i love the last picture <3

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