From the moment I saw a blog post about Carolyn Mendelsohn’s Creative residential based on Wuthering Heights my heart started pounding. Carolyn’s images are so breathtaking and compelling I just had to become part of this creative adventure. So with thoughts of blustering winds and misty moors, I headed off to stay at the characterful Ponden Hall, steeped in history and used as the Wuthering house in Emily Bronte’s novel. Owned by the most wonderful family, I had the warmest welcoming. On meeting the lovely Carolyn and two other photographers we discussed how the two days would unfold.
At first light, we ventured down to the reservoir. While all of us were wrapped up warm, Kizzy braved the cold water dressed in a vintage wedding dress, this shoot was reminiscent of lingering mournful days, with the cold wind blowing through her hair and dress.
The afternoon was completely different we went on a dinosaur adventure with a giggly 2-year-old and his mum.
That evening after a lovely meal we collapsed on the comfy sofa, drank hot chocolate by the roaring fire and watched the 1939 Wuthering Heights. Just as well this was the light and fluffy version, as I may not have slept very well thinking of Cathy at the window! ‘Let me in, let me in!
We arose early again to photograph Kizzy in the mist, up on the moors by the stone wall. Late morning was spent with Carolyn giving us a ‘real’ fashion lifestyle photo shoot brief. After discussing how the makeup artist and stylist work, meeting the models, I had a vision of how I wanted to photograph this shoot. I sketched out some ideas of locations and poses, so I would be more prepared.
Inspired and prepared we ventured up to the moors. With a thick mist passing over and lashing rain, the environment was synonymous with the novel. My lens even misted up like a visionless cloak!
Carolyn’s insight and vision for this residential has provided me with more inspiration and a renewed passion for my photography. Thanks, Carolyn and everyone involved, I am still buzzing from my experience.Photography credit: Jo Worthington
Location: Ponden Hall
Model: Aisling Serrant and Hannah Rose Muirhead
MUA: Lauren Rippin
Styling: Caroline Brown