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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 

Elisha Francis @elishafrancis 

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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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