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an autumn woodland nymph

Sometimes you just need to be brave, experiment and push your boundaries 'just because'!

That's exactly what happened when my hugely talented photographer brother-in-law and I decided 'we should do something together'. 'Doing something' has turned into a year long project involving over 20 people in an enormous collaboration to create a series of 4 images celebrating the seasons. Working at Old Jet a fantastic creative hub in South Suffolk we kicked off with Autumn. 

We built our set inside a huge aircraft hanger using foraged hedgerow finds in front of a bespoke hand-painted backdrop. It was a busy week - 1 day painting, 2 days foraging, 2 days building, 2 days lighting checks and 1 day to shoot! I hope you think it was worth the effort - we did! Winter next!

The whole process was recoded by another great photographer Nick Ilott, so that we had a beautiful set of behind the scenes images. Here are a few of my favourites - including my gorgeous puppy Daisy - my best and most faithful assistant!

Daisy - the best florist's assistant Image by Nick Ilott

Daisy - the best florist's assistant

Image by Nick Ilott

Craig - photographer - plotting in the woods with me Image by Nick Ilott

Craig - photographer - plotting in the woods with me

Image by Nick Ilott

spindle berry - a gorgeous foraged find Image by Nick Ilott

spindle berry - a gorgeous foraged find

Image by Nick Ilott

me foraging - I take this quite seriously Image by Nick Ilott

me foraging - I take this quite seriously

Image by Nick Ilott

artist Ian - mixing colours Image by Nick Ilott

artist Ian - mixing colours

Image by Nick Ilott

the set under construction Image by Nick Ilott

the set under construction

Image by Nick Ilott

model Hattie in make-up Image by Nick Ilott

model Hattie in make-up

Image by Nick Ilott

and hair - with my floral crown Image by Nick Ilott

and hair - with my floral crown

Image by Nick Ilott

now to get to the set - in a howling gale! Image by Nick Ilott

now to get to the set - in a howling gale!

Image by Nick Ilott

gorgeous Hattie my woodland floral crown creation Image by Nick Ilott

gorgeous Hattie my woodland floral crown creation

Image by Nick Ilott

lighting and costume adjustments Image by Nick Ilott

lighting and costume adjustments

Image by Nick Ilott

nailed it - happy faces all round Image by Nick Ilott

nailed it - happy faces all round

Image by Nick Ilott

Team

Main Photography - Craig Girling

Floral styling - Brigitte Girling Moss & Stone Floral Design

Behind the Scenes Photography - Nick Ilott

Set Artist - Ian Sedge

Make-up - Leanna Stella

Hair - Lydia Brooks

Model - Hattie Elson from JMMSuffolk 

Costume - Julie Paul

Venue - Old Jet