Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Girl of Fire and Thorns


The Girl of Fire and Thorns, originally uploaded by margotwood.

This photo was inspired by THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, a the first in a young adult, fantasy series by Rae Carson - and one of my favorite series of all time.

I have been dying to do a fauxto for this book every since I finished it a few months ago. I was instantly obsessed with the idea of attempting to recreate the scene where Elisa, our once fearful but now fearless Queen, crosses the desert TWICE to save herself and her kingdom.

I mean, come on. A DESERT SCENE. Now that would be a challenge considering I live in New York City and have no plans to visit the Sahara anytime soon.

Luckily, I had Thanksgiving plans set with family on a small island outside Jacksonville, FL. Perfect! I figured I'd somehow make a beach look desert-y, and thankfully, the beach was littered with crush shells on the day of the shoot, giving the sand a rough, dry texture.

Now it came down to figuring out Elisa's costume. Not going to lie. I stressed out over this way more than I should have. I watched as many desert movies as I could, especially Resident Evil Resurrection (don't judge, I love those movies) and came up with an outfit in my head. Luckily, I had all the pieces of the puzzle with me. Yes, I do own a cape....what? You don't?

I am so happy with the way this photo turned out. My younger sister was just fearless enough for me to don a cape on a beach with many an onlooker and I think she captured Elisa's tough, determined spirit.

Up next for this series: A photo for The Crown of Embers and the final book in the series, The Bitter Kingdom!

If you've read the book I would love to hear your thoughts! Share them with me in the comments!

11 comments:

  1. Another successful Fauxto! I've not read this series, so I can't compare that aspect of it, but the sense of the determined girl making her way through the vast, lonely wasteland is hauntingly beautiful. Well done!

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  2. That's so awesome! I love Rae Carson, she's one of my favorite writers now and I ADORE Girl of Fire and Thorns and I'm currently reading Crown of Embers. I just love her so much! xx

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  3. Aw, Margot, this is awesome! I love how fierce she looks. And big thanks to your sister for modeling!

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  4. Loved the book. Love the Fauxto. Queen Elisa, live forever!

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  5. Great fauxto! I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns! Have you read Crown of Embers yet?! So good!

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  6. So Cool! That was a really awesome book and I am a bit obsessed with books set in the desert (Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword anyone?) so I'm very excited that you picked this scene to do.

    Also you're making me think I need a cape.

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  7. Omg, she really got the "fierce" part down! We are STUNNED and so, so happy with this photo. (Because, you know, our opinion totally matters... :P) It's just such a great tribute to such a great book! Can't wait to see how you represent the rest of the series!

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  8. Oh I love this so much...I think this might be my new favorite...though it could be bc I love the book so much...gorgeous job, it captures her perfectly...Also Resident Evil movies are AWESOME.

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  9. She definitely looks fierce! I think it's perfect! So excited to read book 2 and then see your fauxto!

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  10. I haven't read this book but I've heard good things about it. I love how she looks fierce in this photo! I don't own a cape but would totally love to have one. :P

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