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Traveling Couple Crafts Fairytale-Like Photos to Showcasing the Beauty of the Real World

Fairytale Fantasy Photography

For the past several years, TJ Drysdale and Victoria Yore have explored the world and depicted gorgeous locales in fairytale-like scenes. Through their ongoing Follow Me Away travel project, the couple has chronicled their adventures in Peru, Iceland, Oregon, and throughout Europe. The impressive photos feature Yore as the model as she dons a flowing dress and fanciful cape. They also showcase her sense of adventure as she traverses the bases of epic waterfalls, sites of abandoned buildings, and green cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Drysdale and Yore are typically on the go, but they’ve pumped the brakes on constant Follow Me Away travel to create quality photographs rather than quantity. So far, they’ve taken two of four trips this year with plans to go to Italy and Paris.

The couple is always looking to expand on their previous work and to keep their images feeling fresh. “We have used the ‘girl in the white dress’ that has become our signature for so long,” Yore tells My Modern Met. “The problem is we have shot the white dress in places like Iceland three times in a row, so it was time to add something new and different!”

To enhance their work, they added colorful flowing capes to Yore’s wardrobe. “You see yellow jackets or maybe people wearing dresses,” she says, “but have you ever seen a yellow cape in a landscape?” They currently have five capes in rotation. “One is grey, one is dark navy blue, one is yellow, one is red, and we just got in a dark green cape for our upcoming trip to Italy.”

The addition of capes enhances the conceptual component of the couple’s travel photography. “A cloaked/hooded figure is unique to see in landscapes and adds even more of a mysterious element than ever before,” Yore explains. “We are really excited to see what the future holds as we continue to adapt.”

TJ Drysdale and Victoria Yore of Follow Me Away capture fairytale fantasy photography of real places around the world.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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