This concept was a blast. I couldn't stop giggling through the entire shoot. Xaina has an extensive fairy wardrobe. I love shooting fairy concepts. However, I wanted to do something different with Xaina. She has a lot of Fae imagery and I wanted to mix it up for her and for myself. So, I turned to humor.
Brian Froud is a fairy artist. He and Terry Jones collaborated on a book called "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairies." The book contains notes from Lady Cottington as she collects fairies and presses them into the pages of her journal, much like collecting pressed flowers or bugs.
Xaina was perfect. Her range of expressions and poses were spot on, but I had a hard time keeping a straight face. This was definitely one of those sessions where we were laughing throughout the day.
Kueen gave Xaina a nice soft makeup for the pressed fairies. There was already a lot going on, we didn't want to overpower Xaina's awesome expressions with too many special effects. We saved the dramatic makeup for our last look, but you'll have to check back in to see what that one is.
You'll also want to check back for future varieties of fairies pressed into my digital pages.
I stumbled upon these wings and I knew that they would make a perfect fairy wings. As I started to gather and make the pieces for the character, I realized this had to be created on location and that it had to be shot in the Spring or Summer months. The purple needed to pop against the greenery of woods. The scope of the image also need to feel epic. I wanted it to give the impression of being deep in an enchanted forest.
With Shannon's incredibly long, red hair splayed around her face and with the purple flowers in the headpiece, the woodland fae has an even more rustic and wild appearance, which is perfect for a character living in the wild. The flowers tie her to the natural surroundings.
Kelly created makeup to match the wardrobe, including these incredible pink lashes that were miles long! They were like wings on Shannon's eyelids.
Below are some detail shots to showcase Shannon's expression, Kelly's makeup, and my hairstyling.
Shannon and I had several concepts that we wanted to try. I found wardrobe and props for the looks. Shannon came with her makeup bag and the both of us applied makeup for each look.
Look 1: Shannon wanted an underwater shot. I don't have underwater gear, so I thought I would try my hand at composites and fake the look. Shannon created the soft makeup for this look.
Look 2: We both wanted a muddy dirty shot. I wanted to deglamourize it and make it more of a poignant look. Shannon delivered the expression I wanted perfectly. With this look, I am most pleased. For "Mother Earth," I applied stage makeup to create dirt on Shannon's face, decolletage, and arms and hands. Shannon then blended the splotches to help smudge the dirt.
Look 3: Shannon wanted a pretty, feminine look. I thought a fairy would be perfect to capture a soft, feminine image. On the fairy images, I tried my hand a bit at compositing, again. Additionally, I captured the soft romantic looks with the closeups by adding soft colors and textures. I added the blue and purple makeup around her temples and asked her to mix blue eyeshadow with lip gloss and apply it to her lips I wanted to bring out the colors in the wings for the fairy look.
Look 4: The final look is an addition to my broken doll. I wanted to incorporate my grandfather's steamer chest. This time, I wanted to accentuate the toy aspect by juxtaposing Shannon with a few stuffed animals. Shannon enhanced her eyeliner and created the heart shaped lips.
As always, Shannon is eager to try concepts and unique imagery. Let's face it, how many people are willing to get coated in dirt?
I've been planning this concept for a while. However, I wanted to do a spin on it. Instead of a princess, why not a prince? There was absolutely nothing to use as a frame of reference for this look. The team was completely on their own when it came to creating this look. All I knew is that I wanted cool, icy tones and a frosty looking face. I told the team what I was looking for in color pallet, concept, and looks.
Natalie delivered plus some. She had the added challenge of trying to cool Anthony's warm toned skin.
Andrea did a great job twisting Anthony's hair to look like icicles.
Anthony was very excited about this concept and went all out on creating and designing a wardrobe to fit the look. That suit is 100% out of Anthony's own creativity! Great job team!
I've made beaded jewelry so I used wire and beads to create the headpiece for the costume. I addition, I looked for props that would fit. I loved the sagging branches I found a Michaels. I added little spray on snow, glitter, and some crystal and voila, and icy, sagging branch.
We did sneak in a quick headshot. Anthony has such gorgeous hair. we just had to show it off!
Model and costume: Anthony Marquez
MUA: Natalie Nahass Henry
Photographer, concept, retoucher, headpiece and props: Donna Macauley
It was touch and go with the weather yesterday, but we were able to shoot. I felt for poor Christiana. She was dressed in corsettes and gowns for the shoot and had to wrap herself in a blanket between sets. Who would have thought the temperatures would drop so drastically?
A big shout out to the team on this one:
I have been wanting to shoot Fairy and Victorian imagery for a while. I spent several months researching headpieces and wardrobe. I found an artist based in Indiana. I wrote her expressing that I wished she lived closer. She graciously offered to send me a couple headpieces for future shoots. She has been very patient as my original shoot was cancelled by a no-show. I owe April Ramoni of ARRT INUS a huge thank you for the headpieces.
So, I now had the headpieces, but I needed clothing to go with the concept. A local antiques dealer posted a gown that I thought was perfect for the shoot.
I had worked with Christiana before on a lingerie shoot. When I put out the casting call, I was delighted to hear that she was interested. Christiana has the most amazing, soulful eyes. Yet, in a split second can give you an open smile and laugh. I love emotion in my images and Christiana delivers.
Finally, Rhonda at Fab Faces by RJ had contacted me asking if I'd be interested in working with her. Would I? Of course! She has amazing ideas and a great flair for color and dramatic makeup. I also appreciate her fabulous work ethic. She met with me a week before the shoot so we could discuss ideas, then throughout the week, sent me various looks to test. Wow! She went over and above!
I am very fortunate to meet so many creatives in my photographic journey. This team is another example of the incredible talent here in Michigan.
Originally, we were going to shoot straight Victorian. But, between the makeup and the outfit that Christiana brought to the shoot, we had a very vampiric look. Christiana comment on that so I asked her to put on a vampire-like attitude.
This image doesn't really fit the concept, but you can see what I mean about Christiana's great smile.
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 30 years.