A stylized photoshoot for our senior models
Who wouldn’t want to be a princess?! The fairytale ending. The kind, beautiful, and humble girl. The life of sadness and hardship overcome in the end by love. It’s these stories, that we all know and can relate to, that make these characters so identifiable and timeless. I think we’re drawn to princesses not only because they possess a talent or super natural gift in some way, or because of their physical, outward beauty, but rather because of their constant kind heartedness that makes them just as beautiful on the inside. This is why we wanted to capture some of their stories in our senior model photo shoot this year. Plus, how fun is it for our models to portray a favorite princess?! Just being in Disney World a year ago with our family was enough to get me inspired and drawn into their lovely, magical world. 🙂
Now when we say princesses, you might instantly think of Cinderella’s dress, the ballgowns, the glitz and sparkles! Though this is nice, and certainly a part of the princess life, we wanted to take a different approach to our concept. Rather than focus on just the outward beauty of each princess in her show stopping moment, we wanted to focus on the story and the feeling, the princesses as they are in their normal state, before they had it all. Because, they are MORE than just the gown, right? Just like all women - our sisters, our mothers, and our daughters - are MORE than just their outward appearance. That being said, our girls, of course, we’re given the full “royal” treatment of being pampered with professional hair and makeup as well as personal costume styling. We love bringing fun and pampering to our models!
The Visual Concept
We went for a combination of traditional fairytale and bohemian styling. As our hair stylist, Heather Kirk, had jokingly written in an email, “Disney meets Coachella!” Well we didn’t go full on hippie 60s, but we wanted a good marriage of the two looks presented in one. Jacci, our costumer, was especially good at bringing these concepts together in clothing. While she kept the traditional coloring of each princess, she had the freedom to play with the bohemian styling such as bell sleeves, delicate details, and light weight cotton fabrics. The feel and look of the lighting was also quite important to the styling of the shoot. We went with soft, pretty light, and our background, simple. Almost like you were viewing an old Renaissance painting. We didn’t create each princess’s world in one scene, but rather brought a few elements into the photos that give you a hint to who each character is. We created each princess’s portrait.
Making it happen!
Our supremely talented styling crew, Heather Kirk
on hair, Kelly Clark
our makeup artist, and Jaclyn Kaschak our costumer, props master, and magic maker, ALL did an AMAZING job! Literally, we can’t brag enough about them! They all had a good understanding of our concept, but were able to add their own creative touches to the project! Please visit their pages for any business inquires. We couldn’t have done this without them!