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10 Enchanting Photo Series Inspired by Fairytales

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Today, many photographers opt to forego realism for aesthetics more fantastic in nature. Though the fairytales and folklore that inspire them are centuries-old, many of these photographers seek to modernize them through their whimsical work.

Here, we present and explore a striking selection of fairytale-inspired photography. Each unique series showcases the photographer's artistic approach to both the craft itself and to the storybook tales they seek to reinterpret.

Each magic photo in this selection of series offers an enchanting look at age-old allegories.

Grimm Compact by  Laura Zalenga

Inspired by the classic stories of the Grimm Brothers, this striking series by photographer Laura Zalenga presents the tales' key moments from a unique perspective—literally. Minimalist in composition and cropped in a creative way, each image offers a one-of-a-kind interpretation of a well-known story, “giving it a new twist and really reducing it to the very minimum.”

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Photo: Laura Zalenga

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Laura Zalenga

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Laura Zalenga

 

Plein Air by Margarita Kareva

Aptly named for its outdoor settings, Plein Air by Margarita Kareva brings Russian folklore to life. On top of beautiful backdrops, Kareva employs surreal props, ornate costumes, and even live animals in order to capture the mystery and magic of each traditional tale.

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Photo: Margarita Kareva

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Margarita Kareva

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Margarita Kareva

 

Wonderland by Kirsty Mitchell

Much like Alice's trip down the rabbit hole, Wonderland by Kirsty Mitchell takes viewers on a magical and mesmerizing journey into the obscure. Described by the photographer as a “storybook without words,” the series employs striking visuals that both tell a story and capture Mitchell's fascination with the fantastic.

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Photo: Kirsty Mitchell

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Kirsty Mitchell

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Kirsty Mitchell

 

Autumn and Winter by Alexandra Bochkareva

In her enchanting series, Autumn and Winter, photographer Alexandra Bochkareva orchestrates dreamy scenes that appear to be straight from a storybook. Featuring two red-haired models and Alice, a color-coordinated fox, the images draw parallels between Bochkareva's subjects and their natural surroundings.

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Photo: Alexandra Bochkareva

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Alexandra Bochkareva

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Alexandra Bochkareva

 

Wearable Art by Rachel Sigmon

Specializing in “wearable art,” Rachel Sigmon designs, creates, and photographs dazzling headdresses. Each whimsical work of art is inspired by Elysian fantasy and fairytales—an aesthetic influence that is also evident in the magical makeup and captivating costumes worn by Sigmon's models.

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Photo: Rachel Sigmon

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Rachel Sigmon

Fairytale Photography Fairytale Costumes Magic Photo

Photo: Rachel Sigmon

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