Behind the Scenes | Shooting Elisa Palomino SS12 for Lionheart Magazine

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay1

Last month I had the pleasure of directing my very first fashion photoshoot. If you are a keen follower of my blog, you will already know of my huge admiration for the designs of Elisa Palomino, whose stunning garments my team and I had the privilege to work with.

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Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay7

Shooting for Lionheart magazine‘s ‘Warmth’ issue, I wanted to create scenes that depicted a bohemian, fairy-tale like world that exuded the warmth and fervor of nature – scenes that were evocative of pre Raphaelite paintings. When you see the final images in the next issue of Lionheart Magazine, I hope you’ll agree that we succeeded in doing justice to the brief and to Elisa Palomino‘s beautiful SS12 collection.

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Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay5

Meanwhile, I hope you’ll enjoy the behind the scenes images I took with a Lomo LC-A+ camera, with a wide angle lens.

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Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

It’s not everyday that you get to work with such wonderful and talented people and those who completely understand your vision, and I am delighted to say that this was one of those days. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to an incredible team:

Claire Huish – Photographer
Frankie Murray – Stylist
Heidi Rock – Model
Michelle Dacillo – Hair and Make-up Artist
Sophie Harris-Greenslade – The Illustrated Nail

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

And a special thank you to my dear friend Margaret Davidson of Penny Dreadful Vintage, who welcomed us into her home, ridiculously early on a Saturday morning, so that we could prep for the shoot.

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay

Lionheart Magazine Photoshoot feat. Elisa Palomino by Akeela Bhattay



About

Akeela Bhattay is a Brummi born, London based freelance creative writer, storyteller and sometimes fashion stylist. Her work has been published on Huffington Post UK, ABTA Magazine, Welcome to London magazine, Haute Arabia, Amelia's Magazine and The Longest Stay. She can be found ferociously typing away at her laptop or sharing images of her travels on Instagram, whilst enjoying the perfect espresso. Lover of vintage, gadget geek and Xbox gamer and has a penchant for hurtling off into a daydream coma.


  • http://www.pennydreadfulvintage.com/ Penny dreadful vintage

    It was my pleasure, such a treat to see what goes on behind the scenes on a fashion shoot :)

  • Anushka Tay

    How exciting! What an amazing opportunity. By a bizarre coincidence I go to uni with your photographer, i don’t know her personally but she is friends with a good friend of mine.

    • ActuallyAkeela

      I did actually ask Claire if she knew you and I remember her saying your name sounded familiar! Perhaps we can shoot the Anushka Tay debut collection, soon? ;) xx

      • Anushka Tay

        haha yes soon! i plan to start working on it in june once i move back to london :) xxx

  • rosie-alia

    Akeela, I am just catching up on your beautiful blog posts and I must say that these photos are gorgeous!
    What a wonderful opportunity, and I bet you did a fantastic job! xx

    • ActuallyAkeela

      Thank you for visiting, Rosie :). Issue 2 of Lionheart is out at the end of this week, so I’m super excited about seeing the final images from the shoot, in print! xx

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