๐ŸŒธ Flora ๐ŸŒธ Behind The Scene Preparations

 

I had an idea to create a series of bridal portraits inspired by Ancient Mythology. I was influenced by Hans Zatska paintings- his sensuous female figures against a backdrop of natureโ€™s beauty kind of gave me an idea for the first bridal portrait.

Paintings by Hans Zatzka

Paintings by Hans Zatzka

In Roman mythology, Flora was a goddess of flowers and of the season of spring โ€“ a symbol for awakening  nature and blossom. At this stage the model, the dress and the location are all set up, the film stock is prepared Iโ€™m ready to go and shoot.

Detail of Flora from Primavera by Botticelli, c. 1482

Detail of Flora from Primavera by Botticelli, c. 1482

On the day of the photo shoot, we faced the weather challenge. It was the end of April and although it was a sunny day, the temperatures were really low. We were off to Hampstead Heath in search of blossoming tree. That magnolia tree couldnโ€™t be more perfect.

On the spot, I need to carefully consider all the technical aspects, light and composition because I shoot film and have limited amount of exposures. But I also need to take care of my beautiful model and make sure she is enjoying the process despite the freezing weather, and in this case shooting film serves me great deal- I'm fully present during the process. See full set of portraits of Flora here

 

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