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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.

Forest Magic: Behind the scenes
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

Instagram:

Bomani Boutique @bomanivillage 

Elisha Francis @elishafrancis 

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ELISHA’S STYLE: HEAD WRAPS & JEWELS

A few months ago I caught up with my long time friend and photographer Simon Richardson for an impromptu photo shoot at his Bedford studio.  At the time I was in the process of creating my Macramé collection so wanted to include some of the pieces in the shoot and decided to create three looks using different head wraps.

Growing up with a Rastafarian mother I can clearly remember sitting on her bed watching her tie her head with beautiful cloths, she always looked so regal as she constructed her crown for the day.  Last year I started my lock journey and wanted to embrace my Rastafarian roots and bring my own modern twist to the styling.  On the day I was stylist/make-up artist/designer and I had so much fun creating each look and grabbing a quick selfie before each session with the professional Simon.

I could not even tell you how many shoots I have done with Simon over the years but I must say that this is my favourite one to date, maybe because I felt a true connection to the style of the shoot as I felt that it really represented the woman I have fought to become, finally embracing my own style, the richness of my past and the possibilities for my future.  The timing of the shoot couldn’t have been more perfect as days after I received the images the Marvel movie Black Panther came out in the UK and I truly felt part of the Wakanda movement.  Not only was the movie a celebration of the first black Superhero Marvel film but it was also a celebration of strong black female warriors, my favourite being Okoye played by the beautiful Danai Gurira.  The scene in the casino where Okoye throws her wig at the henchmen was epic, for me it symbolised a celebration of female power and individual beauty.


Thank you ladies you have fuelled the fire for women everywhere and giving us the inspiration to shine like the warriors we are; WAKANDA FOREVER!

Here are some of the images from my shoot, you can see more in my album on Facebook page:





The finish off I just want to say a huge thank you to Simon please head over to his website and check out his work is amazing: Simon Richardson
Until next week guys Peace & Blessings
Elisha x