About 4 months ago, I had a conversation with my good friend and former flatmate Stephanie, about finding elf ears that actually matched her skin tone. Almost all of the available products were exclusively for white skin tones, and how much fantasy settings and shoots focus on white folk, and there are almost no black fantasy characters (Note, its not for historical accuracy, premodern europe in general was not nearly as homogenously white-skinned as a lot of media tends to present) (Also elves are not historically accurate either unfortunately).
We got chatting, and decided that we may as well make the most of the ears, and settled on a fantasy elf photoshoot in Roslin Glen. Roslin is probably one of the most magical places I know within an hour of Edinburgh, and a definite favourite for photoshoots (as well as shooting our short film Moon Blood). I also had recently taken some photographs with the Cailleach of Samhuinn 2020 for Beltane Fire Festival in the same area, so I was excited to use it again, and see what different spots we could find.
I brought a few props, Stephanie designed the costume as a combination of euro-centric fantasy with aspects of her traditional, Ghanaian cultural heritage, and we set to work! We found a few different locations that worked well, had a good time and a catchup, and I am really happy with the results.
We were pretty limited in terms of daylight, so we had to make use of the precious hours we had, but I think it turned out really well. Hopefully we will be able to do plenty more model photography exploring both black fantasy and more high fashion with Stephanie when it becomes sensible and safe to do so.
Big thanks for Stephanie for coming out!