To capture the sun-drenched mood of the Solstice collection, we knew we needed natural daylight – and lots of it. So rather than heading into the photographic studio, we packed our bags and set off for the airport. Here we go behind the scenes to explore our process for creating the new collection’s imagery.
“We shot the collection at a villa located directly on the beach in Zante. You’d think being in Greece would be synonymous with sunshine, but ironically there were storms all weekend. The moments where the sun broke through the clouds were more than worth it though, as the light was so beautiful and really worked for the collection.
Lots of different areas of the villa worked out really well for backdrops, and there were some great opportunities to use the sea and sky. With so many variations of light and textured backgrounds, we were able to create a different feel for each look. The evening light was my favourite, as it created some really interesting shadows that we played around with for parts of the collection.”
– Ash James, Photographer @ashjamesphotography
“When it came to the shoot’s beauty brief, we wanted a look that was very relaxed, sun-kissed, bronzed and quite tonal, with little flashes of soft, soft colour to keep it fresh. For the day looks we kept it quite light, and then when we went into the evening we layered for a bit more intensity.
Because a lot of skin was exposed, MAC Face and Body Foundation was an amazing all-rounder for unifying the texture. We also used Chanel’s Soleil Tan, a bronzer that gives a perfect, natural, neutral tone. On the eyes we used cream products such as MAC Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork, which contains a lot of taupe tones to give a very natural shadow. And for blushes, we used Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour. There’s one called Rose Glow, a super soft, slightly shimmering shade that worked really well.”
“We don’t live in a bubble, so there were trends at play in the fashion we chose – a mix of effortless, refined vintage and contemporary pieces. But instead of approaching it as a fashion stylist, it was more about having the perspective of a visual artist. For example, using the body against a landscape and concentrating on the composition rather than the fashion content. I think it gave the images a deeper resonance.
We really wanted to steer away from the clichéd summer narrative of lying on a beach getting a tan, so we asked, “What does summer look like in an urban setting, or when the sun goes down?” I feel like our story is more about making a quest while treading lightly. The jewellery itself lets you travel light – there’s nothing to weigh you down as you go around the surface of the globe following the sun.”
– Sarika Thakorlal, Art Director @sarikathakorlal
Georgie: The Palette
“In any kind of shoot that we do, we always try to work with a really tonally concise brief. That follows through here, but in some images we’ve got some really lovely, strong colour pops – which is something a bit different for us. We used a lot chalky, soft, feminine pastels as well as earthy shades, for instance pale blues, putty, camel, white and rust.
I think tonally concise images are easy to register; it lends a sense of calm. When there are lots of different colours going on, it’s stimulus and it’s busy and it’s full on. We wanted to strip that back in the same way that the jewellery is stripped back, so when you look at the image, the jewellery is doing the talking.”– Georgie Roberts, Founder @wanderlustlifejewellery
Wanderlust Life stayed at Niova Villa in Alykes Zakynthos on the island of Zanthe