A Winters Tale – A Snow Filled Styled Shoot by Photos By Zoe

I haven’t featured a styled shoot for quite some time now, ever since my readers survey last year told me that you guys didn’t like them so much. BUT as today is my Birthday I can do what I like! I have decided to break the styled shoot drought and share with you this totally stunning shoot which was organised and shot by the hugely talented Zoe from Photos by Zoe.
It is an amazing Winters  tale inspired shoot, filled with haunting and dramatic images. The cold snow, adds a real eerie quality to these images, and the addition of the dogs was an inspired decision! Well done Zoe!

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I asked Zoe to tell me a bit more about her thoughts behind the shoot………..

‘I wanted to capture the beauty of the coldness of the winter, all the magic of the falling snow. I was lucky enough to have a fantastic team of people who were also up for joining us to tell this tale too.’

‘The inspiration came from the combination of the beauty of winter, and snow, and the stunning location. I get inspiration from all sorts of places when I am planning shoots. The whole time I had two songs in my head – Nellie Furtado “Try” and “Winter Song” – Sara Bareilles/Ingrid I really wanted to pull in the elements of the wildness and nature too – which is why I asked my friend Diane to bring along her three dogs – a white Alsatian and two pups that are Alsatian/husky mix. You can see the Pinterest board I set up HERE ‘ 

‘It was fantastic getting to work alongside so many talented people, in a gorgeous venue. I really enjoy that element of all photography, making that connection with people. Having the chance to be creative and explore ideas and concepts is what I love about styled shoots. Maybe trying out things that I wouldn’t normally do, or get the chance to do!’

A Winters Tale

A Winters Tale

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The suppliers who made the shoot possible


  • Zoe Barrie ~ www.photosbyzoe.co.uk
  • Laura Tiliman ~ https://www.facebook.com/LauraATilimanPhotography
  • Kirsty Brown ~ https://www.facebook.com/mementostudios
  • Models ~ Adriana Bucur (from Colours Modelling Agency) & Scarlett Gillotti
  • Venue ~ Lindores Abbey Weddings , Newburgh, Fife
  • Dresses – Adriana wore a gorgeous vintage dress from my collection. Scarlett wore Kirsty Brown‘s wedding dress – thank you so much for allowing us to use such a precious garment Kirsty! Other props where supplied by the lovely Helen McKenzie Smith, Kirsty and Laura Tiliman.
  • Hair & Makeup ~ Jillian Elizabeth Make Artistry 
  • Props  -Photos by Zoe, Lindores Abbey Weddings, Kirsty & Laura and ever thankful to Lou Lou from Kit & Caboodle  for the wee taxidermy squirrel – Mr Nutkin as he is fondly called. And the lovely Laura at Twist Fibre Craft Studios for lending me more props that I ended up having time to use – totally promise to organise something with you soon Laura xxxx
  • Cake ~ I MADE IT I MADE IT!!!! (and am a bit chuffed with the end result – email me if you want to know more)
  • And a massive thank you and mention to Diane & her beautiful dogs – thank you so so so much Diane for joining us on the shoot, and Helen too, for giving us free run of your gorgeous Abbey and Barn xxxx


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    Whooaaaa! Stunning stuff from Zoe. Beautful, ethereal and haunting all at the same time. Now I’m gonna turn the heating up cos all that snow has made me feel chilly!

    Mandy B

    Oh wow I think i’ve just died and gone to winter wonderland heaven … these are the most beautifully haunting images, amazing work Zoe and please lets have more stunning shoots like this <3

    Siegrid C

    I keep coming back to get lost in the beauty of all these magical pictures…. I want to live in this world you have created! So proud of you Zoe.


    Absolutely beautiful photos. Stunning and inspiring! Ideas galore for a future “simple” wedding ceremony. Thanks!

    Helen McKenzie Smith

    I can’t tell you what fun doing this shoot with Zoe and the girls was (not forgetting the dogs and ponies), I enjoyed every minute of it – even the cold! I feel so very lucky to have met Zoe and to have her living in the village and spreading her creative talent amongst us is a joy. I simply can’t wait until she is at Lindores photographing a ‘real’ couple – roll on the summer.


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