Ever wanted to star in your own fairytale?
We think it’s safe to say we all, at some point in our lives, have wished for something like that. The magic, the beauty, the whimsy – fairy stories draw us in and leave us wanting to live through them ourselves. Our YouTube faves, too, have dreamt of appearing in fairytales – and they have someone who is willing to make their dreams a reality.
Linda Blacker is a photographer who’s made a name for herself with her inventive and whimsical photography. With her photos, she’s able to exercise a creativity that knows no bounds, and she often accompanies her work with unique and original tales. These include her YouTuber Fairytale series, which has become a regular feature on her Instagram. Whether she’s continuing a preexisting story or thinking up her own, she constantly leaves us captivated, so we thought we would highlight some of our favourites.
So here they are, our ten favourite YouTuber Fairytales!
Photography, Styling, & Concept by @LindaBlacker Please give me a follow if you would like to see more of my photography! Part Three of a four part Fairy Tale Photo Series starring the talented @CarrieHopeFletcher I hope you all like this photograph! It was a real pleasure to work with Carrie! 🌷 The Make Up Artist for this shoot was the wonderfully skilled @princeofvanity Head Piece by @joannastrange The Story – Part Three The fairy finished her drink, and placed her hands upon the enchanted statue that was so precious to the Fairy Kingdom. As the final golden sliver of sunlight fell across the land for the day, the magical water flowed through her body and her flesh began to turn to stone… The final image is released this Sunday at 6pm. 🌷 Don't miss it! #hopefuls #photography #fairy #carriefletcher
Linda’s first YouTuber Fairytale debuted in December 2015 and featured Carrie Hope Fletcher as a beautiful fairy charged with guarding a magical statue. It was what started our captivation with Linda’s photography and led us to being the avid fans we are.
The statue that the fairy guards, a stone toad, contains magic yearned for by humans who seek to abuse its power. She never wavers in her task, guarding it during the day. However, at night she needs her rest, so she drinks the magic water within the statue, which turns her to stone. From there, the toad leaps into her hands, protected during the night by her firm grasp, only for everything to return to normal upon the next day’s sunrise.
We found ourselves in disbelief of the makeup in these photos! We genuine thought they’d turned Carrie to stone!
The Guardian of the Maze
HELEN ANDERSON & NIKI N SAMMY IN THE GUARDIAN OF THE MAZE – PART FIVE 🔮 Photography, styling, concept & story by @lindablacker Please follow me to see the rest of the series and much more! Thank you to the AMAZING @helenanderz & @nikinsammy for starring in this photo series! A true pleasure to work with and a super fun day! Thank you to the brilliant make up artist @ashleighmua who achieved the amazing make up for this photo series! Smoke grenades purchased from Enoyla Gaye @smokegrenades The Story Part Five Plumes of purple and green smoke filled the sky, the maze around them growing darker beneath the colourful cloud. The Guardian and the Elves were locked in conflict in the maze below. The Guardian drew back her staff to launch her fatal magic at her enemy. But as she launched her attack, a blinding white light exploded from the tip. The Guardian and the Elves fell to floor engulfed by the white light, momentarily deprived of their sight. A powerful voice rose out of the silence and met their ears. It was the voice of one of the Greats, from the Kingdom of Mages. ‘Cease this fight. Your battle is misplaced and misjudged. You are not enemies and these elves place no threat to the Mage’s Kingdom.’ The light around them began to fade and their sight slowly restored. The Elves were taken aback and the Guardian seemed wary that this was some of the mischievous elves’ trickery. Deep down she could sense that the two elves were simply misguided. Struggling to find acceptance amongst their kin, which had driven them to complete this dangerous task. The voice returned, bellowing instructions to the triad. ’Each of you, place a hand on the Guardian’s Staff! We shall show you what you need to see.’ Tentatively, the Guardian and the Elves rose up, each placing a hand on the staff. A feeling of great ease fell upon them. This restorative energy passed through them, imparting great knowledge and power from the Mage’s Kingdom. From this day forth, their fates were tied.
In this photoshoot, Helen plays a mage in charge of guarding the portal to her kingdom from those who wish to possess its magic. Two dark elves, portrayed by Niki and Sammy, try to access the portal on behalf of their own kingdom, in the hopes of once and for all being respected by those who view their empathy as weakness. When they try to access the portal, they witness the Guardian’s magic first-hand, only to be later tied to her after the intervention of one of the kingdom’s Greats.
The colours in these photos absolutely blew us away!
Snow White and the Evil Queen
Snow White & The Evil Queen PART ONE starring @doddleoddle & @thehazelhayes Photography, styling & concept by @lindablacker Please follow me to see the rest of the series! The fantastic make up artist for this shoot was @ashleighmua Thank you to @annabelles_wigs for the gorgeous wigs! It was an absolute pleasure to have Dodie & Hazel star in my latest fairytale series! I really hope you all love the results! This is part one of a four part series! Come back on Wednesday to see part two! For now, here is the story so far … The Story – Part One Once upon a time there lived a beautiful Queen, Snow White. She ruled her kingdom with kindness and grace alongside Prince Charming, who was now the King. She lived a life of peace and joy, but her life had not always been so. Once she had suffered at the hands of an the Evil Queen, her cruel step mother. The Evil Queen had murdered her father and tried to murder Snow, but Snow fought bravely, and defeated the evil with the help of seven dwarves and the animals of the Old Forest. Snow White was a beautiful Queen with skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. One fine morning, many months after the Evil Queen had been banished, Snow roamed through the castle gardens, humming gently to the animals around her. Unbeknownst to Snow, the garden had fallen under a dark enchantment. The garden appeared as it always had to the uknowing queen, but in reality the flowers around her snaked through the grass, onto the garden wall and formed a magical portal. Dark smoked billowed forth. From amongst the throngs of inky clouds a woman emerged clutching nought but a blood red apple in her hands. It was her who not so long ago had poisoned the innocent Snow… It was the Evil Queen. To Snow's eyes it seemed as though an apple tree, growing close to the wall, had a deliciously red fruit hanging from a small bough. She felt an usual tug of temptation within her to pluck the apple from the tree… #snowwhite #evilqueen #queen #photography #art #LindaBlacker #makeup #doddleoddle #hazelhayes #youtuber
Snow White is fairytale classic. We doubt there’s anyone on the planet who hasn’t heard of it, and do you think there are any better YouTubers to portray Snow and the Evil Queen than dodie and Hazel Hayes?
Linda’s tale begins with Snow White in her role as queen. Walking the garden after banishing the Evil Queen, she feels at peace as she grabs an apple from a tree. However, upon biting into the apple, she feels the ill effects of dark magic as she becomes unable to move. The Evil Queen comes into view, laughing as she declares her return to reclaim the throne. Trapping Snow White in a mirror, she begins her reign of terror… But is this where the story ends?
What a twist!
A Fallen Angel
Part Two of my Halloween Youtuber Fairytale starring the AMAZING @markyyferris I’m so pleased you loved the first image! I LOVED working with Mark! Please let me know what you think in the comments below, I read every one! You can follow me to see more of this shoot and my work coming soon! ❤ Amazing make up created by @Sminko_Mua and the biggest thank you to @AndazLondon for allowing me to shoot in their mind blowing Masonic Temple Room! Don’t forget to read the story below! The Story – Part Two He paced the breadth of his new domain, his sharp black nails scraping against the empty seats that framed the room, seats waiting to be filled by the cruelest souls. ‘Who is worthy?’ He snarled into the silence that pressed in on him. ‘Who is worthy to dwell here, as my underling?’ Tapping his foot upon the ground, he flexed his wings, opening them wide and closing them over and over. Suddenly, his wings stilled. He waved his hand in a quick sweeping motion and before him a marble staircase materialised, leading to a huge ornate doorway that towered above him. He climbed the steps and settled at the top, pondering. ‘Do I claim you from the heavens, or from the earth?’ He purred, his eyes dark. ‘Who’s soul can be corrupted, who’s soul can be broken in two?’ ‘Who will fall with me?’ To Be Continued
Everyone loves a good Halloween tale – preferably spooky that leaves us with goosebumps. Thankfully, Linda knows exactly how to craft one, and did so with the help of Mark Ferris.
In this dark fairytale, one that’s almost reminiscent of the creepy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Mark portrays a damned angel who falls from heaven and comes to rule his own kingdom, the Kingdom of Shadow. As he begins to get his bearings, he starts his search for underlings who will serve under him.
We know who we’re dressing up as this coming Halloween!
The Goddesses of Self Love
The Goddesses of Self Love by @LindaBlacker starring @Bodyposipanda @Gracefvictory & @Enamasiama I wanted to create a special Valentines Fairytale today, to remind you that loving yourself is the greatest love of all. In the comments, I want you to write something you LOVE about YOURSELF and please do tag a friend and ask them to do the same. <3 Be sure to read the Fairytale story below and follow my Instagram to see more of my work. Thank you to the truly inspirational ladies Grace, Megan & Enam for blessing this shoot with their beauty- it was amazing to work with you! Huge thank you to @Ashleighmua who created the stunning make up looks as always! <3 The Story There, within the golden heavens, three Goddesses dwelled. They sat, limbs intertwined as glorious, full rolls of soft flesh tickled each others skin. There was a warmth that spread between them like wild fire, bathing them all in a triumphant light. But as they lowered their gaze to the earth below, a deep sadness tugged heavily upon their hearts. For the humans lived differently, bound by a society that dictated what beauty was and who could claim it. They watched as humans, young and old, tore themselves apart from within. Scrutinising their tummies, thighs and arms, believing that the more flesh they had on their bones, the less beautiful they were. They observed the humans who saw themselves as ugly, because of their dimples, their scars, spots, disabilities and even the colour of their skin, and the Goddesses' hearts ached. The Divine Beings began to weep, their tears pouring down to the earth as rain. But as the tears fell, something changed. The rain that poured over humanity held magic within and it began to pass from the Goddesses to the humans. The powerful feeling of self love finally touched a mortals heart. And now, beneath the Goddesses gaze, self love passed from one human to another and spread across the globe. As the Goddesses dried their eyes and leaned into each other once more, they smiled. Humanity still has a great way to go before it understands true beauty, but it is clear that the humans journey to Self Love has finally begun. #selflove #bodypositive
This past Valentine’s Day, Linda decided to remind us all that the most important love of all is the love we hold for ourselves, and she does so with the help of Grace F. Victory, Enam Asiama, and Megan Jayne Crabbe.
We live in a world where society dictates what is beautiful, often leaving many feeling as if they aren’t good looking enough, which made these three goddesses very sad. They were so sad, in fact, that they started to cry, their tears falling to Earth as rain. Then everything began to change. There was magic in those tears, the magic of self-love. As they fell, this self-love began to pass from human to human, cheering up the goddesses. While humanity has a long way to go, they saw it was starting to see the light, to understand true beauty, and it left them feeling hopeful.
This is a fairytale we feel everyone needs to read.
The Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Spades
FINALE A New Begining ♥️♠️♥️ Thank you to the beautiful @roseellendix & @roxetera ♥️♠️ Photography, styling and story (below) by @LindaBlacker Make Up Artist & Hair Stylist; @Ashleighmua Dresses by @Joflemingdesign Headpieces by @CreationsbyLivFree Finale – Part Four The Queens rise, hands locked together. Snowflakes swirl around them, catching on the breeze and dancing in the wind. Together they begin to summon magic from the earth. The magical energy is stronger than anything they have summoned before, for now they are united. As one, they cast a spell to summon the rage anger and greed from the land and rip it apart. Far in the East, the King of Hearts has fallen. He bows before the King of Spades, who raises his sword to deal his final blow. But… suddenly he stops. Something powerful has wrapped around his heart. A message from the Queens. He stumbles backwards as a vision flashes before his eyes. The future. Loss, pain and suffering. More wars, death and destruction. Over and over again the battle for power rages. The King of Spades eyes snap open and he drops to the floor. Before him, the King of Heart’s face mirrors his own. They have both seen a devastating future of a world where peace never comes. The soldiers around them drop to their knees, also blinded by the same vision. They open their eyes they look to each other, tears streaming down their faces as they kneel in the blood stained earth. The King of Spades casts he sword aside, followed by the King of Hearts. The army of Spades and Hearts follow and lay down their weapons. The King of Hearts reaches out a hand to the King of Spades, a gesture of peace that shocks the King of Spades. Tears well in his eyes as he realises what they have been fighting for was for greed and power and never for the good of the Kingdom or the people who they fought to rule. The King’s shake hands and the Battle of the Cards ends. Back in the West the Queens smile. Story continues in comments. ;
After years of living in harmony, the kings and queens of each card suit grew greedy, wanting the whole of the land to themselves. In battle, two fall, leaving only the hearts and spades standing. The queens, warriors themselves, fight alongside their forces – that is, until they come upon each other. Upon glancing at each other, a feeling of love begins to fill them and they kiss, realising how long they’ve put their own needs aside in order to help fulfill their husbands’ goals. With this realisation, they decide to use their magic to stop the fighting, leading to harmony once more.
What a beautiful story of love.
A Youtuber Fairytale – 'Belle' Played by the wonderful @amenaofficial Thank you for being a part of this Fairytale! What do you all think? I would LOVE to know! Beautiful make up by @pdmakeupartist Thank you to Girton College who allowed us to shoot in the stunning Stanley Library! Part One It was a cold, crisp morning in the little village of Villeneuve. Villagers pulled their cardigans tight, not fooled by the clear blue sky above and blinding winter’s sun. The windy, cobbled streets were overflowing with people rushing this way and that, greeting each other merrily as they went about their day. Atop the hill, a small cottage door shuts with a click and a beautiful young woman stepped out onto the street, humming softly. Her name was Belle. She headed through the village, smiling at those she passed, ignoring the whispers that always followed her. ‘Heading to the library again I see.’ ‘Such a pretty girl, that Belle, she could have a nice husband by now if she would only act as a woman should.’ ‘They’d never see her face, it’s always in a book!’ Belle arrived at the library. In the distance she heard an all too familiar, somewhat annoying, male voice. Quickly she pushed open the door and stepped through into the library. ‘Belle! My dear! Wait for me, it’s Gast-‘ she slammed the library door closed and a wonderful silence filled the room. Belle breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of the wondrously tall bookshelves before her, rich full of knowledge, stories and wonder, illuminated by the golden light that filtered through the windows. ‘Good morning Belle!’ The librarian called from behind a huge pile of dusty old books. ‘Good morning monsieur!’ Belle called back as she rushed forward and up the nearest ladder in order to reach the highest shelves. As she plucked books from the shelf, keen to fill her mind with more knowledge and wonder, she couldn’t help but ponder on the words she had heard this morning, the whispers which follow her like a shadow. She clutched a pile of books to her chest, with a sad look on her face. ‘Is it truly so odd to want to fill my mind with knowledge? Should I be… More like the other girls?’
We were waiting for the day when Linda would finally collab with Amena Khan, so when this Beauty and the Beast-themed photoshoot appeared on our Instagram timelines, you can bet we were over the moon!
In her signature golden yellow, Belle ventures to her favourite spot, the library, amidst the whispers and comments of villagers who don’t approve of the way she conducts herself. Unable to truly ignore them, she finds herself ruminating over the comments as she scours the endless shelves of the library. She begins to doubt herself until she is reminded by the librarian, and a beautiful red rose, that she is allowed to be whoever she wants and that she is carving her own path, away from that which the villagers are accustomed to. Once again looking through the books, she comes upon one filled with maps and finds herself dreaming on her own adventure, knowing one day the ones she reads about will become her own.
What an inspirational tale!
So here it is! My newest YOUTUBER FAIRYTALE with the beautiful Lucy Moon! @meowitslucy Here is Part One of the story shoot of Narcissa, inspired by the Greek myth, Narcissus.. Be sure to follow my Instagram to follow the story & see more of my work. @Lindablacker Please read Part One of the story below! With thanks to; Make Up Artist @Sminko_Mua – beautiful job on make up! @Greatcompgarden for the use of their stunning gardens! The Story A tall, white blossom tree stands alone in the corner of a villager's garden, sunlight filtering through its branches, illuminating the ground below. A young woman sighs deeply as she throws herself down beneath the tree in frustration causing fallen blossoms to rise into the air and fall once more. Narcissa is her name. She stares at the sky above her, obscured by branches and white petals. ‘Oh this life. This life has no meaning. No excitement. It is simply… dull.’ She whispers to herself softly, closing her eyes. ‘Why do I feel no passion for this world?’ She sighs once more and rolls to her side, propping herself up onto her elbows. ‘Mother insists I take a stroll through the gardens, but I can not appreciate this beauty.’ Narcissa pushes herself to her feet and brushes off the dirt and petals that cling to her dress. ‘But I must try. For my own sake, I must try.’ Hoisting up her dress to free her ankles, she continues on her walk. The grass blades tickle her bare feet as they stroke her skin with every step. She comes to a stop before a walled garden, one that she has not entered for many years. Vines hang across the entranceway, forcing Narcissa to bow her head to enter. Once through, she studies the garden before her. Nostalgia floods through her pours heart? as she remembers the last time she was here, when she was but a child. ‘I wonder, as a child, did I find joy in such a place?’ She says, her words laced with boredom. She turns to leave, but something catches her eye, stopping her in her tracks. There before her is a pond. And within that pond, is a reflection. A reflection that would captivate her heart, for an eternity to come. Part Two on Sunday! #lindablacker #youtuberfairytales
Greek and Roman mythology has always been of great interest to us. We don’t know what it is about it, but we’ve always loved learning about the different gods and their histories. It seems Linda shares this interest, considering she planned this mythology-inspired photoshoot with Lucy Moon.
Narcissa finds her surroundings very boring. Even when surrounded by the beauty of the garden, she can’t seem to find any joy – that is, until she comes across a reflection in a pond. This reflection captivates her and she eventually falls in love with the woman she sees, yet cannot seem to communicate with. It isn’t until she speaks with her mother that she discovers that the woman in the reflection is in fact herself, and her obsession with the pond leads to her mother banning her for visiting it. However, Narcissa doesn’t listen, a decision that has dire consequences. Upon re-entering the garden, the gods punish her for her vanity, turning her into part of the garden itself…
There’s a lesson to be learnt here.
Alice In Wonderland
Youtuber Fairytale PART FOUR – ‘Alice In Wonderland’ played by the beautiful @SaffronBarker What do you think? Let me know in the comments! :) Beautiful make up and hair by the fantastic @Ashleighmua Thank you to @BrightonWonderland who allowed us to shoot in their stunning Alice in Wonderland themed house! <3 Part Four Alice dropped the brush back into the tin bucket, stepped back and admired her work. The roses, once white, were now red and looked most delightful. ‘The Hatter will be pleased!’ She declared aloud to herself. Feeling content, Alice popped the little tin on the floor and turned back towards the peculiarly small door once again. ‘I guess tea time is over now.’ She whispered softly. The little door, however, was quite different to how it had been just moments ago. Ornate keys now hung from the handle, and on those keys was another little note with very familiar handwriting. ‘Dear Alice, I am having a Tea Party in Tugley Woods. Would you care to join? The roses look much more muchier now. Thank you. See you soon, The Hatter’ Alice laughed and with wide eyes set off on a new adventure on the most pleasant of days. The End
It’s no secret Linda is a huge fan of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. She’s done a variety of photoshoots related to it, including this YouTuber-filled one back in 2014, and it appears that love has not waned, given her recent shoot with Saffron Barker.
As Alice returns to Wonderland for tea with the Mad Hatter, she finds he is nowhere to be seen. As a feeling of loneliness begins to creep in on her, she begins to explore his house and comes upon a letter and bouquets of white roses, with a request that they be painted red. As she finds another letter inviting her to tea in Tugley Woods, she smiles, knowing she is never truly alone with the Mad Hatter by her side.
Linda, this is the sequel we’ve been waiting for!
Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood a YOUTUBER FAIRYTALE – Starring @Roxxsaurus Let me know what you think in the comments <3 If you would like to see more of my work, be sure to follow my Instagram @LindaBlacker Here is is a little bonus photograph from my latest shoot of the beautiful @Roxxsaurus, before Part 3 of the shoot and story coming soon! Huge thanks to the incredible @Ashleighmua who achieved the beautiful hair and make up. Big thank you to @dangerousdamo who brought along his beautiful Alaskan Malamutes to the shoot! This piece stars Tag! He's a cutie. #redridinghood #youtuberfairytale #alaskanmalamute #wolf #fairytale
Little Red Riding Hood was one of our favourite fairytales growing up, but what if we told you the story we were all told is a lie? That appears to be the case, given the fairytale Linda shares with the help of Roksana Janiszewksa and some adorable Alaskan Malamutes!
In the real tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Red isn’t one to be afraid of wolves. In fact, she is their guardian, having the body of a human but the blood of a wolf. While she might appear normal by day, residing with her loving grandmother, but by night she is a protector, stopping creatures of darkness from taking up their roots in this world. With the wolves by her side, she fulfils her destiny and leads her double life.
We definitely prefer this version.
Oh, how we wish we could star in our own fairytale.
Linda sure has an eye for the whimsical, and we can’t wait to see which story she decides to depict next. Who knows, maybe if we’re lucky we’ll be asked to star in a future YouTuber Fairytale… We count as YouTubers, right?
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