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FOREST MAGIC: Elisha Francis

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Forest Magic Photoshoot: Behind the scenes

So hopefully you have meet all the amazing women that will be joining me next month in my Bomani Boutique pop-up shop (you can catch up here).  So I thought it would be cool to show you some of the behind the scenes footage that we took whilst shooting the Forest Magic campaign for the Bomani Boutique Peckham concept store.

Preparation is KEY

I love styling and sorting out all the garments and accessories for a shoot, I always start with a mood board which I generally use Pinterest to collate my ideas and then I pull all the outfits together using the mood board as a guide.

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To watch full behind the scenes video check out my Instagram highlights

The thing I love the most about working with Palipa Jewelry, Harmonious Brown, Sticky Toes and Beverley Heels Vintage is that all the products harmonise so beautifully to create a gorgeous campaign shoot for Bomani Boutique Peckham.

Lights, camera, ACTION

For this shoot I headed to Bedford for the weekend where I stayed with my dear friend Simon Richardson, a great photographer who I have worked with numerous times over the years.  The location was ideal for the autumn/winter vibe that I was going for and I knew it would provide the perfect backdrop for the outfits that I had put together.

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Meet the MODELS

I must admit I am very lucky when it comes to finding great models as my two gorgeous models for this shoot were my sister Nicquel and cousin Harmonious Brown and of course I had to get involved and in front of the camera (I did not want to miss out on all the fun frolicking through the forest). My long-legged sister is a total babe and I felt so proud of her as she did her thang in front of the camera.  Her luscious mane so glorious you can hear the lioness within roar with each stride she takes… listen (lol).

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Forest Magic: Behind the scenes

Forest Magic: Behind the scenes

Up next is my multi-talented cousin Harmonious Brown, a real life tree hugger and spiritual goddess, not only is she a model but has her own natural cosmetic company also called Harmonious Brown and will be selling all her handmade products with me in Bomani Boutique next month.  She came with her sage and her quartz wand and the magic entered the forest as we all watched on in amazement.

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And last up is yours truly, I love location shoots because it brings so much into the photography and Simon is an absolute pro at capturing that perfect moment.  I fell in love with this gorgeous gown from Beverley Heels Vintage, it really embodies that regal elegance in a contemporary tribal way and helped me to feel the Forest Magic.
Forest Magic: Behind the scenes
Thank you so much for reading my blog post, please head over to my Instagram page @elishafrancis to watch the full behind the scenes highlights.

 

 


All products highlighted will be on sale in our Bomani Boutique – Peckham Pop-up Shop

Opening Monday 10th of December – Sun 16th of December

Location:
91 Peckham High Street London SE15 5RS

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Bomani Boutique @bomanivillage 

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Photoshoot with Simon Richardson

Hello guys, sorry its been such a long time since my last blog post, I have recently had a beautiful baby girl and she has stolen my heart, my time and all my attention for the last few months.

But at long last I am back with some exciting new jewellery and exciting projects that i’ll be working on for the next few months.  So a couple of weeks ago I dipped my toe back in the pond when I  hooked up with my long time friend and talented photographer Simon Richardson.

We planned a shoot to produce some new visuals for Bomani Woman look book and I have to say they are PHENOMENAL!

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I had the pleasure of meeting model Ayla who is a good friend of Simon’s, I saw previous images of her in his portfolio I had to ask her to collab with us on this shoot, her bone structure is ridiculously striking and she killed it on set.  She encompassed the strength and sensuality of a true Bomani Woman and Simon captured everything with every click of his camera.

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The second model is my cousin Eloise a fresh faced beauty studying performing arts and this was her debut in the modelling world, and I have to say she really impressed us and I have no doubt that she will make a great name for herself within the industry.

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So with all the great energy on set I had to join in the fun since I have been working hard in my ‘Buggyfit’ classes to get my body back into shape after my baby and could not resist an opportunity to get in front of the camera with Simon and Ayla.

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So I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the behind the scenes images from my shoot, please leave me a comment below as I would love to hear what you think and the professional images by Simon Richardson will follow very soon.

 

 

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Who is She? Bomani Woman (Episode 2)

This week see’s the release of Episode 2 of the ‘Who is she? Bomani Woman’ series and I am excited to introduce my gorgeous sister Nicquel Jackson.

She is a model and co-founder of The Curl People who celebrate self-love and diversity – Everything curly, coily and beautiful.

This 5’9″ beauty worked her magic on set for my new jewellery campaign featuring our Victory earrings.  Make-up artist Sarah Elizabeth enhanced Nicquel’s stunning look with natural make-up to ensure her beautiful freckles and glowing skin shown through.  It was a proud moment to see my little sister bring to life the fierceness of a Bomani Woman™.

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Nicquel wears: Silver Victory Earring~ Shop the look

Enjoy watching the second video of the series and don’t forget to hit that Like button and leave a comment as I would love to hear what you think:

 

 

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Credits:

Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Model: Nicquel Jackson
Photography: Christopher Shields & Tanu Nejagal
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Cameraman/Assistant: Martina Weekes
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage

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Who is She? Bomani Woman (Episode 1)

Jewellery is more then body adornment, it is a personal style, an expression of who we are and a way of life. I want you to meet some of the people who make up our Bomani Tribe™ and bring our jewellery collections to life.

So allow me to introduce Nicole who features in our new jewellery campaign: VICTORY
She is a model/actress from London with Indian and Israeli descent, her beauty is mesmerising and her inner glow shines bright through her smile.  I was really excited to work with her and see her come alive in front of the camera.

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Nicole wears: Gold Victory Earrings ~ Shop the look

Here is our first video that kicks off the series of ‘Who is She? Bomani Woman:

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Credits:

Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Model: Nicole Rachel
Photography: Christopher Shields & Tanu Nejagal
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Cameraman/Assistant: Martina Weekes
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage

 

Behind the scenes: VICTORY Jewellery Shoot

Last Sunday I headed down to Bethnal Green to shoot my new Victory earrings and Bomani masks at Work Rate Studio.  I have been prepping the concept for months and was thrilled to be working with make up artist Sarah Elizabeth and photographers Chris and Tanu again.

I love putting shoots together it helps me create a story behind the jewellery which really brings it to life, let me walk you through my process…

Step 1: Moodboard created via Pinterest

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Once I have the concept created in my head I use Pinterest to put together some images that communicates my ideas in terms of style, colours and lighting so that I can send the moodboard to the photographers, make-up artist and models so that we’re all on the same page when it come to shoot day

Step 2: Casting the models
The next step is finding the perfect models! For this shoot I wanted to used 3 female models and 1 male model who had an edgy look so first I called upon my beautiful sister Nicquel who has modeled for me in the past and has amazing freckles, a gorgeous face and is absolutely fierce in front of the camera.  Next I headed over to Model Mayhem and put out a casting call for models and this is were I found Jay Zalewski, Nicole Rachel and Yaourou Kante Lehrmann.  Each of them had a unique look that I thought would work really well with the jewellery.

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Models From left to right: Jay, Yaourou, Nicole and Nicquel

Step 3: Confirm the studio
Securing a date that works with 9 people is often tricky but luckily everything fell into place with this shoot and a date was set that worked with the whole team.  I wanted to use Work Rate Studios in Bethnal Green to do the photo shoot as I have had a great experience shooting there in the past, the location is easy to get to and the facilities are superb.

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Step 4: Shoot day
The day of the shoot I woke up early excited for the day ahead, my bags were packed from the night before with jewellery, wardrobe and hair styling equipment.
I arrived at the studio at 10am and set up the wardrobe and jewels for the day, first to arrive was the lovely make-up artist Sarah with her case of make up, followed by the models and then the photographers Chris and Tanu along with Neelansh, Tanu’s brother and assistant for the day and last but not least the lovely Martina came along to assist me on set.

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The team were all on set and ready for a great day of shooting, I had three looks prepared for the models, Natural Nudes, Monochrome Classics and Gangster Chic.

The models worked their magic in front of the camera and the atmosphere in the studio was electric!

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Take a look at some of the behind the scenes footage captured on the day…

 

Come back soon to see the final edits of the gorgeous images!

Creative team
Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Photographer’s: Chris and Tanu
Photographer’s assistant: Neelansh
Make-up artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Models: Jay Zalewski, Nicole Rachel, Nicquel Jackson and Yaourou Konaté Lehrmann
Assistant: Martina Weekes

Location: Work Rate Studio

Bomani Woman: Behind the Scenes

Last Sunday I headed down to Workrate Studio in Bethnal Green to shoot the Bomani Woman faux septum ring collection.

Anyone who has organised a photoshoot knows that putting together the right team is both challenging and essential but I can honest say that I managed to put together a dream team. Model Areej and hair stylist Brenda are both friends of mine and the rest of the gang I found on Model Mayhem. Each one of the team injected their talent and skills into the shoot from start to finish and it was such an amazing process to be apart of.

Meet the creative team:

Photographers: Allure Photography (Chris and Tanu)
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth Nobel
Hair Stylist: Brenda Ford
Models: Areej, Donja and Estelle
Stylist: Elisha Francis
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage
Jewellery: Elisha Francis London

The concept for the shoot was Modern Princess Warrior for which I put together a few mood boards to share my ideas to the team prior to the shoot.

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I had planned three looks for each model; natural goddess, modern tribal queen and glamorous vintage vixen. 

Sarah and Brenda worked their magic on the models, whilst Chris and Tanu prepared the set and I coordinated the wardrobe and accessories.

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The set at Workrate Studio Bethnal Green
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Hair Stylist Brenda gets to work on model Donja
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Make-up artist Sarah Elizabeth works her magic on model Areej
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Bomani Woman Wardrobe: Selected from Elisha Francis London & Beverley Heels Vintage 

Each model took their turn in front of the camera and lucky for us we had two photographers capturing every moment. The models moved with ease and grace, embodying the Goddess, Tribal Queen and Vintage Vixen capturing every side of the Bomani Woman.

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Model Estelle on set at the Bomani Woman shoot
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Model Donja on set with Chris & Tanu at the Bomani Woman shoot
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Models Donja & Estelle wearing jewellery from the Bomani & Bomani Woman collection
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Model Areej on set at the Bomani Woman shoot

The Bomani Woman faux septum collection consists of 3 styles; Ashanti, Kalani and Malika  priced at £15 each and can be purchased via the website: www.elishafrancis.com

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MALIKA | Bomani Woman | Faux Septum Ring
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KALANI | Bomani Woman | Faux Septum Ring | £15
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ASHANTI | Bomani Woman | Faux Septum Ring | £15

We had so much fun on set, everyone gelled nicely and bought their A game to the shoot, I couldn’t have asked for more!  When you have a vision in your head and you see it come to life before your eyes it is truly remarkable.

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Thank you so much to, Chris, Tanu, Sarah, Brenda, Donja, Estelle and Areej for your time, effort and fabulousness you are all sensational and it was such a pleasure working with you all. Can’t wait to see the final images and share them with you all, so check back soon!

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