Fairytales and fantasy took over a stately home in Bedford as The Creativity Hub returned with another dazzling portrait photography experience. Jessica Miller went along to the Once Upon A Time event to get involved…

This event wasn’t like any other I’d been to. Glittering fashion and fabulously theatrical surroundings, The Creativity Hub’s Once Upon a Time event brought all things dreamy, fairytale and fantasy to the modern-day. With superb haute couture gowns created by world-renowned designers, some of which have even graced the London and Paris Fashion Week runways, and stunning models that brought everything to life.

Across the Sunday, we were treated to five different themed sets over the day – including Midnight Secrets, Excalibur, Sunset Seranade and Morning Blossom – and the chance to test and improve our portrait photography skills. The partnership with Fujifilm at this event meant I could try out some kit! I paired my Fujifilm X-T4 with a 56mm F1.2 R WR lens, as well as my 16-80mm, here are some of the results:

Faz Beau model dressed in purple wig and pink dress at creativity hub once upon a time event

Image Jessica Miller. Model: Faz Beau @rufarro

model alexa taylor holding a sword pointed towards camera

Image: Jessica Miller. Model: Alexa Taylor @alexataylorldn

model emma-rose collingridge stood in gold coloured room in princess gown

Image: Jessica Miller. Model: Emma-Rose Collingridge @emmarosecollingridge

fern taylor stood infront of mirror in pink and purple gown

Image: Jessica Miller. Model: Fern Taylor @fern_cj

kelley martin posed at once upon a time event with creativity hub in black gown at dining table

Image: Jessica Miller. Model: Kelley Martin @kelleyy.martinx

Next event with The Creativity Hub:

Electric Avenue

  • Futuristic theme
  • Location: Milton Keynes
  • Dates: 9th & 10th December 2023
  • Times: 11am until 5.30pm
  • Price: Half day from £200, Full Day £375, Weekend £750, Shoot-and-Stay (3 Nights) £300

Voyage to an uncharted realm this December on an adrenaline-packed journey to a dazzling world of neon lights, pulsating beats and contemporary fashion.

Creativity Hub Events are tempting you out of the shadows and into the Land of Light, to a place where creativity meets technology that defies the ordinary.

​Fusing wearable tech with high concept couture, dramatic gel compositions and things that glow in the dark, illuminate your imagination and push the frontiers of fashion’s future, where bold and luminous realities last long after the lights go out..

Savings on Creativity Hub events for Amateur Photographer readers!

SAVE 10%: AP readers get 10% off their booking when using the code AP10

See how we also got on at the 1940’s Fashion on the Ration and sci-fi themed Creativity Hub shoots.

More events from The Creativity Hub:


  • 11th May 2024
  • Bedford


  • 13-14th July 2024
  • Manchester


  • 17-18th August 2024
  • Northamptonshire

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