Beyhive: Get excited. Vogue just released behind-the-scenes footage of Beyonce's September cover shoot.
Directed by African-American photographer Tyler Mitchell (who also photographed the cover), the three-minute visual opens in a serene grass field. Cameras pan over to Beyonce's 6-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, who's seen holding a camera of her own. "Can you see it? I'm gonna zoom in for you guys, okay?" she says.
Shot like a home movie, the footage shows Beyonce getting her natural locks braided (she helps braid, too!) while Blue plays in the field around her. On set, Bey makes silly faces and dances as she gets her makeup touched up. Curtis Mayfield's "The Makings of You" plays softly in the background.
Bey puts her curves on display as she poses in front of bed sheets hanging from clotheslines. The perfect amount of wind creates the perfect amount of movement for the shot, because of course. The soft music carries the video from scene to scene of Beyonce's shoot -- from outdoor to indoor to outfit changes and everything in between. All the while, Blue Ivy is still frolicking in the field, doing cartwheels and letting out a series of infectious giggles.
"The joy of children laughing around you, these are the makings of you," Mayfield sings as the camera pans over to Bey nuzzling her precious twin babies, Sir and Rumi Carter (around the 2:20 mark).