I am so very excited to share these images with you! This project, although photographed last year, is a dream come true for me. I originally shared part of these images on the blog of my old business website but I never blogged the second set. Today, I am mixing both sets to show you a more cohesive storyline. As an artist, it is such an amazing opportunity when I get to work with other incredibly talented artists to make a work of art that is truly out of this world (pun totally intended)! My colleague and friend Suzanne (responsible for the Sugar Skull’s hair and makeup) came up with the general concept, I tied it all together by creating a storyline that encompassed the looks Suzanne wanted to create while designing the wardrobe and photographing it, and Maribel added the magical finishing touches with her beautiful fresh floral pieces. This creative style of photography is 100% up my alley! I am so grateful to Suzanne for voicing her desire to do this and to Maribel for collaborating with us.
And finally, the purpose of this shoot (aside from showing off our fabulous skills LOL) was to photograph a woman transitioning from almost dead to dead while at the same time having a good vs evil feeling. For the first look, I wanted the makeup application to be more ethereal, soft and dreamy looking – almost angelic. For the second look I wanted the makeup application, lighting and wardrobe to be more dark, punk rock and fashion inspired. Almost like a heaven vs hell theme: one very light and airy and the next very dark and deep. I decided to tie this transition together by using an apple. The apple has been used throughout several stories (Snow White and Adam and Eve) as a symbol of change and I thought it would be the perfect object to symbolize the change we were looking to photograph in our Sugar Skull photo shoot.
Again a HUGE thanks to all the talent involved in this photo shoot:
Faces by SAM: Sugar Skull Concept, Fabulous Hair and Makeup
Anna D Bruce Photography: Outfit designs and creation, handmade lace necklace, photo shoot concept and photography
Eight Tree Street (Maribel): Floral headpiece design and creation, floral and feather bouquets
Maya Moore Model: A big thanks to our model for helping us pull this off