I’m gonna warn you…I’m way too excited about this shoot. If you have ever envisioned something and then seen it come to life then you know my excitement.
The Class of 2017 Senior Squad wanted a snow shoot for their final styled shoot. But I couldn’t wrap my brain around how I would plan a snow shoot. The main reason….I’m afraid to drive in snow and ice. Ya ya I know, I’m one of those drivers. So I knew if we were going to do a snow shoot I’d have to convince my husband to drive me, plus there’s the scouting ahead of time for light and time of day and generally we don’t get that much snow here. (Little did I know this would be the snowiest winter ever in Portland!) But I wasn’t ready when the snow was hitting us in Jan and I really wanted the Class of 2018 Senior Squad to come to the shoot too. Coordinating 8+ girls, driving an hour away + unpredictable winter weather = logistic nightmare.
So I did the thing that scared me more than snow. I rented a studio. I’d never rented a studio before, I’d never shot in a studio before, I don’t know the first thing about setting up studio lighting….but I knew I wanted a place that we could go no matter the weather. Did you know there aren’t any studios for rent on the westside? Kinda makes me wanna find a good space to set one up! The closest I could find was in SE Portland.
After I paid the rental fee I had anxiety for weeks. Would I know what to do? How would the space be? I’d only seen pictures online and it said there was equipment to use but what types of equipment? Would I know how to use it? I was literally freaking out people! I just wanted everything to come together for this shoot so I took a day off from my day job in late January and visited the studio. I was nervous when I parked, I was nervous walking up the rough stairs, I was nervous pushing the door open to the studio but the second I stepped inside it was like I started floating on air. It was so perfect. I felt light, I felt confident, I felt inspired. I couldn’t stop smiling.
I always search for inspiration for shoots on pinterest. I’m totally addicted! This is the board I used for inspiration for this styled shoot. The girls wanted snow, they’d mentioned wearing fancy dresses in the snow so the theme was “snow princess”. Since I was renting the studio I didn’t want just pretty makeup, I wanted something different, more high fashion meets arty. Thankfully my MUA Haley loved the makeup inspo pic and started experimenting on how to make the “snow” texture on their faces. BTW it was sugar, she stuck sugar to their faces! Ha!
This is exactly what these styled shoots are all about. I don’t want them to be just pretty girls taking more pretty pictures. I want these to have more substance, be different, something they’d never in their wildest dreams have for a photoshoot. These aren’t an extension of their senior portrait session, these shoots should stand out on their own. I also love to diy things so these give me a chance to be crafty! I made the tulle skirt and the frosted crown. Super fun!
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The studio was wonderful to work in. I really don’t know why it took me so long to rent one. It was great to use natural light indoors, play with the different backdrops, a fan, have space to take a break and then go right back to shooting without having to pack up everything. Love love loved it!
(I found the dress Melany is wearing at the St. Vincent De Paul resale shop in Tigard. It was half price day so I got it for $7! Score!)
The studio made editing quite easy too… even light, good exposure and professional makeup always does. So I decided to try something new. I’ve never done much composite work with photos, the odd head swap if needed but I’d always tried to avoid it. So I did a little composite image for each girl. It’s my first so I’m sure in a few years I’ll come back and hate it but for now I’m really proud of myself for learning another photoshop skill.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know if you like the “snow princess” theme and if we nailed it. I’ve gotten mixed reviews with the white eyebrows so I’m curious if its just me or if maybe we should have not frosted them so much? Still one of my most fav shoots ever! Can’t wait for the next styled shoot with the Class of 2018 Senior Squad!