paradise romance...

The day was cold and bright when Lydia, India, and I made our way to the location where we would spend the day. I'd seen it in pictures but the reality took my breath away; A fairy home tucked away in a city. Lydia found it through magic of her own keen spirit. She always seems to find the most beautiful spaces. Madeleine, the owner of the home, greeted us at the door with hugs and a bright energy. I knew immediately we were going to be great friends from our previous communication and from her warm energy that presented itself that morning.

Lydia and I had been planning this shoot for a very long time and with most of our shoots, the pieces came together in a frantic week leading up to the day. We had a very clear idea of the images we wanted to create. Since we collectively knew several trust designers that were on the same aesthetic level as us, we took it upon ourselves to style the story. The day was full but the pace was steady. India, our brilliant model, brought each look to life with her effortless grace and piercing eyes.

I used lights that I'd rented from a studio. I started with just one light and a softbox and found that it was enough. Sometimes, Lydia would hold a reflector on the side and sometimes I'd just rely on the natural light which bounced around the big white space. I envisioned her as a child playing dress up, a flower blooming playfully against the soft, neutral backdrop.

Thank you Coco Indie Magazine for not only featuring the story but giving us the cover. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the story we crafted.


CREDITS
Photography - Bella Kotak
Makeup & Hair - Lydia Pankhurst
Styling - Lydia Pankhurst & Bella Kotak
Model - India @ Profile Model Management
Retouching - Solstice Retouch & Bella Kotak
Location - Swedish Interior Designs

 Top: Topshop, Skirt:  Geeks and Stitches , Necklace:  Velvet-Eccentric , Earrings: Stylists own

Top: Topshop, Skirt: Geeks and Stitches, Necklace: Velvet-Eccentric, Earrings: Stylists own

  Top: Topshop, Skirt:   Geeks and Stitches  , Necklace:   Velvet-Eccentric  , Earrings: Stylists own

Top: Topshop, Skirt: Geeks and Stitches, Necklace: Velvet-Eccentric, Earrings: Stylists own

 Top:  Rinaree , Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece:  Beksies Boutique Couture , Necklace: Stylists own

Top: Rinaree, Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece: Beksies Boutique Couture, Necklace: Stylists own

  Top:   Rinaree  , Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece:   Beksies Boutique Couture  , Necklace: Stylists own

Top: Rinaree, Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece: Beksies Boutique Couture, Necklace: Stylists own

  Top:   Rinaree  , Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece:   Beksies Boutique Couture  , Necklace: Stylists own

Top: Rinaree, Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece: Beksies Boutique Couture, Necklace: Stylists own

  Top:   Rinaree  , Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece:   Beksies Boutique Couture  , Necklace: Stylists own

Top: Rinaree, Trousers: Topshop, Headpiece: Beksies Boutique Couture, Necklace: Stylists own

 Jacket:  Geeks and Stitches , Top:  Rinaree , Skirt:  Geeks and Stitches , Headpiece:  Liv Free

Jacket: Geeks and Stitches, Top: Rinaree, Skirt: Geeks and Stitches, Headpiece: Liv Free

  Jacket:   Geeks and Stitches  , Top:   Rinaree  , Skirt:   Geeks and Stitches  , Headpiece:   Liv Free

Jacket: Geeks and Stitches, Top: Rinaree, Skirt: Geeks and Stitches, Headpiece: Liv Free

 Dress:  Geeks and Stitches , Headpiece:  Liv Free , Necklace:  Velvet Eccentric , Earrings: Stylists own

Dress: Geeks and Stitches, Headpiece: Liv Free, Necklace: Velvet Eccentric, Earrings: Stylists own

 Dress:  Sian Whitefoot , Belt:  Velvet Eccentric , Feather shoulder pieces:  Rouge Pony 

Dress: Sian Whitefoot, Belt: Velvet Eccentric, Feather shoulder pieces: Rouge Pony 

A couple of behind the scenes :) 

Fin

Bella Kotak

Bella Kotak is a fine art and fashion photographer currently based in Oxford & London, England. An art lover from a young age she always knew that she would work within the creative industry. Photography changed her life when she picked up a camera and began a 365 project. From that moment she was hooked by this medium that translates thoughts and imagination into tangible form and has since been featured in several magazines around the world.