La Dame Moderne Portrait Editorial

La Dame Moderne Editorial | Sarah Carpenter Photography | France Film Photographer | Destinations Worldwide

I heard about Outlander through one of those “must read before the show/movie comes out” kind of lists. When I read the description, that it was a book about Scotland, love, and time travel, I knew I wanted to read it. So I grabbed a copy at the airport, you know, because that’s typically the best place to buy books. The first chapter drew me in, and from there I couldn’t stop reading. It’s been a while since I’ve read the books. I got stuck on book four, and let’s face it, I haven’t had much time to read fiction as I’ve been immersed in motherhood books and marketing books, and let’s face it, Turkish TV shows that are just so deliciously dramatic. But. I’m getting off topic. Again. As usual. I apologize for my inability to write straight and to the point.

Back to Outlander. So I got a glimpse of the show one December while Ben was away on a trip, and one look at the gorgeous scenery and one listen to the accents, and I knew I would be a book and show follower. There are some people who are one or the other, but not me. I love to read a book and then compare my imagination to what the show writers came up with, how the actors portray the characters, how the director creates a scene. SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched or read the show, you should stop reading now.

Okay! So when the characters end up in France in the second season, the colors and the textures and the splendor and the outfits made me want to watch it over and over. I already had that problem, but it had become worse. The colors were so vibrant, and the set so lavish. The outfits for Claire, the main character, were extraordinarily beautiful. The costume designer even created a Dior inspired gown for her. And that’s when I decided I wanted to create a portrait editorial based on these scenes. Yellows and reds swirled in my head as well as the concept of a strong, independent woman who can pull of red lipstick and confidently walk around in Louboutin heels, but is also very much in love. She is a feminist, but she doesn’t let that stop her from losing herself in romance. I got to work with some incredible vendors to set the scene and bring this idea to life (I mean it was already brought to life by the show creators, but bring my vision of their vision to life, and this is getting convoluted, so I’ll stop here.)

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Concept + Wardrobe Styling: Sarah Carpenter Photography | Styling + Floral Design: Gather Design Company | Cake: Lilac Cake Boutique | Model: Liz Murphy | Paper: Alley & Co. | Linens: Choice Linens | Hair and Makeup: Yessie Libby | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Venue & Wine: Columbia Winery

Sarah Carpenter