Secret Garden: Hair & Lace

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❝That’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.❞

Secret Garden:

There are a few themes in my life, a love of plants, gold eye brows, glowing skin, and color gels. I created these images as part of my habitual creative play time. As an image maker I’m constantly filled with new ideas and I believe that putting beauty out into the world is important. Especially when showing diversity. Gardens represent life, vibrance, and growth. The metaphor of a secret garden for me is about having a safe space to grow, a safe space to bloom.

The looks:

There is a lot I wanted to say with this series. Hair is such a big part of a woman’s identity. I wanted to show women who are bold. The hair styling is a symbol of each woman’s unique beauty, characteristics and strengths. Plus, throw in some color, painted eye brows, and glowing skin and it is pretty much a dream. An ethereal surreal goddess like dream. I was going to write more about each look. But instead of reading more, just look at these gorgeous ethereal portraits. All products used for the hair styling is clean eco friendly awesomeness.

Ethereal Portraits by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie, dyptich of Asian model and fig plant Portrait Photographers Ella Sophie, buzzed purple hair, edgy beauty. Alameda CA Dyptich photograph, body positive models for lingerie and hair styling. Edgy modern beauty Edgy punk inspired red braided mohawk with magical flowers by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie. Alameda CA

Dandelion Flower Shop in Alameda, unique greenery and florals. Photography by Ella Sophie

Purple buzzed hair styling inspiration. Model Belle Sophie. Photographer Ella Sophie

Goddess Portraits, feminist beauty photography by Ella Sophie. Alameda, Dandelion Flower Shop

Reds. Glamour photograph at Dandelion Flowers, Alameda CA. Photographers Ella Sophie Ethereal beauty portrait, gold brows and fishtail braid. Bay Area Photographer Ella Sophie Bay Area Portrait photographers Ella Sophie, ethereal portrait Dreamy Sensual portraiture by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie of Model Zoe West

Unique red flowers, Dandelion Flower Shop Alameda CA. Photographer Ella Sophie

Purple and lavender beauty inspiration. Alameda CA, photographers Ella Sophie

Purple and blue flower inpiration, Dandelion Flowers. By Ella Sophie

Confident Feminist Portraits by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie. Beauty diversity inspiration Body-positive plus size goddess portraits Green Lingerie Alameda Photographer Ella Sophie Dreamy Beauty Portraits by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie. Alameda Flower Shop Dandelion Flowers Edgy beauty photography. Hair editorial inspiration. Red Hair, colored brows Soft dreamy portrait photographer Ella Sophie Oakland CA, purple flowers and hair

So, what is this shoot?

We always feel the need to put things in boxes. Is it art photography? Or a fashion photoshoot? Maybe it is personal empowering portraits?

I offer creative shoots like this for a number of things. Including look books, advertising, or editorial images. Usually for jewelry designers or California based fashion designers. I work with the designer to figure out exactly what their brand wants to say. And then we create images that reflect that. Sometimes those shoots come out like this series. Sometimes they look totally different. If you want to see more, follow my instagram, or check out the work under the Women On Location and Studio sections of my site.

I also work with individual women to create images like these just for them. I’ve toyed with the idea of calling these photoshoots goddess sessions. But that doesn’t feel quite right. Calling them magical portraits feels off too. Or ethereal portraiture? In any case, I haven’t come up with a clever name yet. I’m open to suggestions. But at the core of it all I want to create images that live in the gray zone between photography and art, commercial and personal. Images that capture the imagination and remind us of the secret gardens that are all around.


Oakland Photographer: Ella Sophie
Alameda Hairstylist: Suzette McD
Location & Florist: Dandelion Flowers, Alameda.
Models: Zoe West, Angie, Belle Sophie

All Images © Ella Sophie
Ella Sophie is an artist and photographer living in Oakland California. She specializes in creating images that empower women. Through portraiture, boudoir photography and ethical fashion photography. Ella strives to change the perception that women have of themselves one photo at a time. When she isn’t working you can find her volunteering at the local animal shelter. Encouraging fellow entrepreneurs and artists. Or traveling and taking in the beautiful wilderness.

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