The Mermaid Shoot | Heline Bekker

Soooooooo….. what have we got here? Just a mermaid shoot I did that I THOUGHT I blogged?!!! I mean I have all the blog images ready and even did the write up, so what the what? Oh… yeah, it was for the Rock ‘n Roll Bride feature that I forgot to blog myself! DOH! So here is the details of the day…

I have a real love of fantasy shoots because you can completely let your imagination run free and bring your ideas to life, Gwenda, who played our mermaid, and I both work in the wedding industry and we do a lot of styled bridal shoots together. But we often talk about doing shoots just for us, something different, something not at all wedding-related, so we can spread our creative wings. Most of the time though, it just finds its way back to weddings…not this time though!

When we started talking about doing a mermaid themed shoot, we wanted to keep it as pure fantasy. I love the ocean and always thought of doing a mermaid shoot. When Gwenda told me that as a kid she always wished she could be a mermaid, we knew what we had to do! I once swollen a big gulp of pool water pretending I was a mermaid… ooops… So we thought up a little storyline to focus on: The mermaid princess giving up her life in the ocean to find love on land. I love having a storyline to focus on when I shoot, even if it’s just a small one.

The fabulously talented make-up artist, Amanda White, agreed to join us in this indulgent bit of escapism. She created for us two looks, the first for the mermaid’s emergence from the sea, the second for the mermaid’s transformation into human form. Sequin application on a breezy beach was a major challenge, but what a masterpiece! Gwenda also created the stunning crown for us. She’s really crafty and does amazing wedding flowers and stationery too!

 

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