The couple we join this week, are the coolest and the cutest. Joe and Sophie, who marry later this Summer, followed me into local woodland to be photographed in the most magical of settings. Though this is another of my 'Because Love' shoots, this week we focus on the setting itself. Oh you beauteous bluebells...
Bluebells have always been something of a transient myth to me. Even as a child, I would see photos of them blanketing forest floors, but never saw more than a small cluster under a tree. But spotting these teeny blue scatterings, felt like a wondrous discovery. Seeing them from afar; "Wow look under that tree, its so blue!" But then running towards them rendered them less and less impressive..
the closer I got to the them, the more separated and unimpressive they seemed; like floral sand through the fingers.
Like most of us who fumble our way through adulting, I avoid growing up wherever possible. A lot of the things I found magic as a kid, still are. Ok, so I don't get as excited about Christmas, and I don't have the time to look forward to a holiday for weeks ahead, and I don't perform make-believe concerts to Off The Wall in my parents' front room..
but I do still love old fashioned sweet shops, running down hills and absolutely anything magical at all.
So imagine how I felt when I found this absolute stunner of a spot. Local to my hometown, and really quite easy to get to, I couldn't believe my luck. I'm often away when the Bluebells are out. I live in France until Spring time; leaving too early for blossom time in the mountains, but arriving too late for it in the UK. Not this year though.. I caught them right at their best. The kid in me, who once felt cheated of their splendour,
felt like I'd walked through the back of the wardrobe to Narnia. Absolute unadulterated MAGIC.
Funny thing though.. That same strange Bluebell illusion prevailed. From afar, and into the distance, their blanket effect was striking, but if you stood too close, they didn't look anywhere nearly as beautiful. Bluebells like a turquoise mirage, get too close, and it dissolves.
But here is the best bit.. There's one thing that my grown up self could to do help my child self. I could actually use my lenses to help capture Bluebells at their best, and stop them running away. If being far away was what the bluebells needed to stay a blanket, I could use longer lenses to help throw them into the distance. YES.
It was like I'd found a way to bottle rainbows. Seriously.
Forgive me. I have neglected the two beautiful people who managed out shine this dreamy setting. Joe and Sophie were natural born models, and very quickly got comfortable with the camera. We even embraced the occasional rain shower, and got cosy under umbrellas. It's all well and good having such a stunning bluebell blanket, which looks great from afar, but the chemistry of these two was a dream foreground story.
Thanks to this beautiful pair for skipping through the woods with me. It was brilliant fun, and I can't wait to photograph your wedding!!
Here's a completely delicious poetic piece for you to lose yourself in, from Graham Joyce. This expresses the magic I feel amidst Bluebells' miraculous mirage.
"...The bluebells made such a pool that the earth had become like water,
and all the trees and bushes seemed to have grown out of the water.
And the sky above seemed to have fallen down on to the earth floor;
and I didn’t know if the sky was the earth or the earth was water.
I had been turned upside down.
I had to hold the rock with my fingernails to stop me falling into the sky of the earth or the water of the sky.
But I couldn’t hold on..."