Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Every year I try to make at least one editorial with Autumn and Halloween in mind. Halloween is my favorite holiday, because I love the dark and eerie tones that this season brings to my work.  This editorial has a darkly romantic mood, which is one of my personal favorite things to shoot. I enjoy "pretty pretty" things, but photographing pretty things with a dark or bittersweet tone is what has my heart at the end of the day. The editorial is named "Lenore," after Edgar Allan Poe's ill-fated young lover in "The Raven." I always imagine Lenore as a sweet, young bride, who becomes, after her death, a dark memory for the narrator of the poem, a painful reminder of the love he's lost. The transition throughout the poem is something I wanted to capture, as she eventually turns, in his mind, into the Raven itself, dark, twisted, and haunting and nothing like the once beautiful memory of his youthful bride. If you've never read "The Raven" before, I highly recommend giving it a read as it's one of my favorites, although it's even better read-aloud by somebody with a great voice: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178713

"Lenore," featured in Jute Magazine online: http://www.jutefashionmagazine.com/webitorial/lenore-by-ashley-holloway/

Photographer: Ashley Holloway (www.ashleyholloway.com)
Model: Carson H. @ Modern Muse
Millinery: Monstruosite by Dolly Donshey (www.dollydonshey.com)
Gowns Provided by: All Brides 2 Be & Formalwear (www.allbrides2be.com)
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Laura Reynolds Hair and Makeup (www.laurareynoldsartistry.com)


 Impossible 600 round film, shot with Polaroid Impulse


  1. Wauw! Your pictures are truly stunning. So are the models and the dresses! You make them look so.. feminine!


    1. Thank you so much Monique <3 I really appreciate it!