Bay Of Hope: Styled Sunset Shoot


A gorgeous styled shoot with an even more beautiful meaning. Bay of Hope is designed to bring hope, life and beauty to those plagued with pain. We love the wild landscape and the organic texture of it all; the sweet lace dress and dimly lit lantern. Tender and moody, this session is inspiring in so many ways. Keep reading to find out more about this remarkable shoot, from the lady behind it all:


Bay of Hope is a new passion project of mine; a protected little cove, created for the pain plagued, invisibly ill, nature-fuelled folk, carving out their most remarkable lives in often unremarkable circumstances. Intended as a safe space to teach the hard truths of chronic pain and invisible illness with tact, we hope to intertwine stories of beauty and pain, longing and peace, reflection and hope. My goal from the get-go was to ensure that it’s a deliberately beautiful corner of the web, so often reserved for greyness and gloom, which laces together my two worlds as a creative and a passionate pain advocate.

While my end goal for this particular shoot was in no means wedding-focused, I wanted to ensure that it was unmistakably mine and something that sat seamlessly amongst all of our day-to-day work. Inspired in large by the untouched landscapes of our southern corner, we ventured out to Bunker Bay’s Shelley Cove, a lonely little bay amongst the tea trees, dotted with granite rocks on one side, and towered by limestone cliffs on the other. It was the stillest of nights; the skies were overcast, the water glassy, and soaking up every last drop of moonlight made for a dramatic scene that oozed feelings of solitude and calm. 

With a focus on simply treading those natural surroundings, the styling was kept to a bare minimum. Our model was draped in hand-drawn lace by Jen’s Pirate Booty, carrying a collection of foraged bouquets, unstructured and full to the brim with relaxed greenery that echoed the hues around us. We put an emphasis on capturing the quiet, in-between moments, using mirrors in the sand to catch reflections and candlelit lanterns to soften the vastness of the landscape and provide a moody glow in those last moments of light.

Words by: Chloë Hope-Johnstone of Lines & Squares.


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