Last year me and soon-to-be-guest-blogger Liz Wan got to be a part of something pretty exciting. You might have seen the latest Stella McCartney campaign for her signature scent Stella, which was beautifully shot by the amazing Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. Well, we were on hand to document the behind the scenes action, from the hustle and bustle of the dressing room preparations, to the fascinating process of Duncan Hamilton creating lifelike ice sculptures of the perfume bottles, to observing Mert & Marcus on the set weaving their magic.

It was especially fascinating to observe how a shoot like this brings together such a large group of top professionals from different creative fields, and how all the moving parts add up to the gorgeous end product. Hopefully this little behind the scenes glimpse might give you some inspiration and an idea of all the different creative disciplines that are involved. Enjoy!

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

Watching Duncan Hamilton create his ice sculptures was fascinating. Almost as fascinating as listening to his stories from the past several decades of creating art from ice in the wildest of settings!

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

Probably the sweetest lady in the business. She was such a joy to be on set with.

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

It was kind of amusing being surrounded by bottles of the scent I use pretty much daily. Familiar and surreal all at once.

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

As well as shooting stills for the print campaign, the TV commercial was also being filmed at the same time.

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

All images by Marianne Taylor & Liz Wan / Her Lovely Heart for Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Author: Marianne Taylor

Her Lovely Heart founder Marianne Taylor is a photographer, an educator, and a lover of colour & light. Her work has been published in blogs and magazines the world over and her personal photography has been part of an exhibition at Tate Britain. To work with Marianne, see the mentoring services she offers. Or, if you like the photography on HLH, you might want to check out her Product & Lifestyle photography services to see whether you could work together to help your brand grow. She is also slightly obsessed with her two cats, Astrid & Sofia, and loves Instagram.

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2 thoughts on “Behind the scenes with Mert & Marcus for Stella McCartney

  1. Marianne, your pictures are so inspiring and gorgeous as always! I love how you capture Lara’s beauty and vulnerability.

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm
    1. Thanks so much! x

      Posted on May 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm