Behind the Scenes: Fiona Fletcher and Hannah Read-Baldry

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Remember this incredible photo that I shared at Halloween? I recently received a message from photographer Fiona Fletcher, detailing the most wonderful backstory to the photo shoot : This was a series of images Woodland Fairies that I had wanted to shoot for a long time. I wanted to use vintage 80’s dresses I owned, so I chose the masks to correspond to each of the dresses. I then cast the models to also complement the character of each outfit…

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…With all this in place my friend and props stylist Hannah Read-Baldrey created the most beautiful wings and set the scene with wonderful styling in the forest for me!” Isn’t that just the coolest? I love knowing that the idea for these incredible images began with something as simple as a collection of vintage dresses from the 1980’s—and it’s such a breathtaking testament to the power of creative collaboration between two gifted artists. Fiona’s note lead me to the rest of her stunning portfolio; not only is she a fabulous photographer (see below!) but she’s also a world-renowned stylist who has worked with such talents as Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen.

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And then of course there’s set designer and props stylist Hannah Read-Baldrey, whose work I have admired for so long (below). I’m thrilled to announce that Hannah just contacted me with the news that she has started her own blog! Hannah trained in theatre design and now works mainly in the fashion and lifestyle industries–be sure to check out her amazing shoot with Victoria Beckham! Her blog is a portfolio of recent projects, and I can’t wait to see more beautiful work as she continues to share with us in the future.

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It’s a funny thing: as a blogger it’s so easy to get lost in the images that we surround ourselves with everyday, and to forget about the people behind those images. So thank you to Fiona and Hannah for reaching out and sharing the story behind your work!

Image Credits: 1. Photography, Fiona Fletcher Styling, Hannah Read-Baldrey 2. Photography, Fiona Fletcher Styling, Hannah Read-Baldrey 3. Photography, Fiona Fletcher 4. Styling, Hannah Read-Baldrey

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31 Responses to “Behind the Scenes: Fiona Fletcher and Hannah Read-Baldry”

  1. blair Says:

    Anne, thank you so much for sharing. I am completely enamored by those beautiful ballet shoes against the grass. I am excited to take a peak at her blog and the rest of her portfolio. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Anne! xx

  2. nkp Says:

    Awesome post Anne. Those images are haunting and mysterious and beautifully styled and photographed. Makes me want to play dress-up!

  3. cupcakes and cashmere Says:

    that story makes the photographs even more special! thanks for sharing with us love. have a fabulous weekend!

  4. cupcakes and cashmere Says:

    that story makes the photographs even more special! thanks for sharing with us love. have a fabulous weekend!

  5. April Says:

    This room looks so comforting. I’d love to take a long nap there!

  6. Luphia Says:

    what a great story, it’s always so interesting to find out more about art works, the concept behind them etc.
    have a great weekend anne! (i’ll let you know when i win the lottery so you can come & decorate! 😉 x

  7. please sir Says:

    It’s great to find out a behind the scenes type story. I’ll have to go check out the blog now!

  8. Liz@VioletPosy Says:

    Great pictures, so dramatic!. I love that honey colour on her walls, and that room is just beautiful. I’m off to look at her blog thanks for putting me onto it 🙂

  9. josephine Says:

    fiona and hannah’s photos are fantastic! what a team they make! kind of reminds me a bit of tim walker.

  10. josephine Says:

    fiona and hannah’s photos are fantastic! what a team they make! kind of reminds me a bit of tim walker.

  11. Jackie Says:

    1980’s vintage? ugh. i feel old. i posted about victoria on Absolutely Not Martha a couple days ago. your blog is beautiful anne.

  12. Jackie Says:

    1980’s vintage? ugh. i feel old. i posted about victoria on Absolutely Not Martha a couple days ago. your blog is beautiful anne.

  13. jae Says:

    Jackie’s comment made me laught about the 80’s being vintage….it is an ugh. The photos are stunning. great post.

  14. jae Says:

    Jackie’s comment made me laught about the 80’s being vintage….it is an ugh. The photos are stunning. great post.

  15. Amy @ Pink Galoshes Says:

    That shoot with Victoria Beckham is truly amazing! Thanks for this post.
    So, for what it is worth, we think you rock, and we wanted to nominate your blog. Look here:
    http://www.pinkgaloshes.com/blog-luv/#more-1515
    Now we completely understannd if this does not fit in your aesthetic, so no worries. We just wanted you to know we were thinking of you!

  16. Amy @ Pink Galoshes Says:

    That shoot with Victoria Beckham is truly amazing! Thanks for this post.
    So, for what it is worth, we think you rock, and we wanted to nominate your blog. Look here:
    http://www.pinkgaloshes.com/blog-luv/#more-1515
    Now we completely understannd if this does not fit in your aesthetic, so no worries. We just wanted you to know we were thinking of you!

  17. callie grayson Says:

    Anne,
    amazing collection of images! thanks for sharing these amazing photos, truly beautiful. I love that top image!!
    have a wonderful weekend!!
    callie

  18. Design Lovely Says:

    I love finding out the story behind the art. I just wrote a blog post recently about this very same subject.

  19. Jenny Says:

    Stunning photos! She’s really talented. I hope you’ll have a great weekend!

  20. vicki archer Says:

    Too true Anne, there is so much work behind each image – especially styled shots – that we never see. Beautiful story, xv.

  21. Brooke Giannetti Says:

    What an amazing talent!
    It is such a treat to hear their stories.
    Thank you (and them!) for sharing.
    xo
    Brooke

  22. Brooke Giannetti Says:

    What an amazing talent!
    It is such a treat to hear their stories.
    Thank you (and them!) for sharing.
    xo
    Brooke

  23. i.d. Says:

    What gorgeous work – I especially love the interior shot, that’s my dream room right there! I’m off to check her blog now…xx

  24. i.d. Says:

    What gorgeous work – I especially love the interior shot, that’s my dream room right there! I’m off to check her blog now…xx

  25. Chris Says:

    Wow, those are really awesome. It really inspires one to try the same things with their own photography!

  26. shill Says:

    superbly inspiring!!!

  27. Grace@PoeticHome Says:

    What a magical shoot — and a splendid story! I love when creative minds come together to create such beautiful, collaborative art. I also really think it’s fantastic that stylists are (finally) starting to get recognition in the public eye!

  28. mrs. french Says:

    like a dream…the most beautiful dream….xo t

  29. Kristin @ Contented Me Says:

    Wow – that bedroom is gorgeous!

  30. Courtney Says:

    How wonderful to learn more about the story behind the images! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Ashley Allbee Says:

    I have looked at your blog so long and now I find myself once again looking though older posts in awe of your marvelous taste! I must say there is very rarely indeed I find something I do not adore here. I love the decor, the fashion the mixed in recipes! Cheers!

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