Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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!
Labels: young adult