Senior portraits are no joke. Don't trust this special event to just anybody. Your portraits serve a purpose BEYOND just having "nice pictures."
To see part 1 and 2 of this series, click here for Part 1, and click here for Part 2.
If you haven't read part 1 and 2, this 3rd post is about the third creative set and character we created for our circus themed creative styled photo session with my Elite Spokesmodel Team, class of 2017. We stayed as a group at the stunning Rancho Mirando in Fischer, TX. Our weekend retreat included my Elite team and their moms, as well as a support team of our hair and makeup artist, the talented McKenna Bailey of Glow By Mac, her mom, the sought-after senior photographer from the Houston area, Lori from Visible Soul Photography, and a former Elite Spokesmodel from the class of 2016 who served as our social media director and videographer for the weekend, the lovely Allye B.
Our third set consisted of a fun geometric patterned background using fabric panels found at IKEA, along with our crushed red velvet curtains. Westwood High School spokesmodel Kayla G. played our beautiful Circus Ballerina in an unforgettable ivory lace corset dress we found at Lucy In Disguise in Austin. McKenna expertly executed the perfect doll face makeup - complete with under eye lashes and freckles. We added a custom made fascinator feather hair piece I designed myself, along with delicate pearl and silver jewelry borrowed from my personal collection.
The lace parasol was purchased on Amazon, and then tea stained before the shoot to give it that vintage, ivory look. Kayla's hair was left natural and a side braid was added opposite the fascinator to keep her beautiful wild curls out of her face.
After photographing her for a bit using the indoor set, we took advantage of the picturesque property of Rancho Mirando for some dramatic outdoor images. The house design and landscaping created the perfect backdrop for our ballerina.
Kayla was amazing to work with, and I absolutely adore her images. Stay tuned to the last installment of this amazing weekend retreat and creative shoot, where I will share the portraits we created during our mother/daughter sessions!
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To see Part 1 of this series, click here, Elite Retreat Part 1To recap: Last July the Dawn Fry Photo Elite Spokesmodel Team participated in a fun mother/daughter retreat. We stayed for the weekend in the luxurious home, Rancho Mirando, in the hills of Fischer, TX. The spokesmodels participated in an amazing professionally styled theme shoot, complete with professional hair and makeup, costumes, and unique designed sets. The second day of our stay the models and their moms got to participate in a mother/daughter portrait session, to commemorate their time together and create lasting memories of this special time. It was an amazing and memorable experience.
The second spokesmodel photographed on our Elite Spokesmodel Retreat Circus Themed Shoot was the lovely, Sophia, from Vandegrift High School. Sophia's role was as our Knife Thrower's Assistant. Her costume for the role was also rented from Lucy In Disguise in Austin. It was a simple burgundy and black corset top paired with Sophia's own black pants. Lace up boots were also rented for this occasion.
For the backdrop, we used a cloth garden target game board (found on Amazon), that was "pinned" to the striped painter's cloth using small ball head earrings. In some of the post-editing of the images, I removed the blue, red, and yellow stripes to create a black and white target look. White frilly sleeves (found at IKEA) were spray-painted black, and the fascinator headband with top hat and veil was purchased through Amazon. We hot glued a retractable trick knife blade to the fake apple. McKenna created a dramatic smokey eye and slicked back hair for this look. We wanted hair to be minimal (so as not to distract the knife thrower *wink*) but still dramatize Sophia's look with bold makeup. Sophia was awesome.
Our third spokesmodel look and set for this shoot was by far the most complicated. I can't wait to show that one to you in the next few days. Thanks for watching!
Last year was a crazy year for Dawn Fry Photo, both for the business and in my personal life. Early in the year, my dad went into the hospital for a "routine" heart procedure, and over the course of the next couple of months, he stayed in the hospital with compounding complications. Throughout all of this, I was trying to continue to run my business, I spent a week in furthering education taking business classes, and on top of it all I was travelling back and forth the 6 hours to visit my dad. His health continued to decline, and he passed in July. Just before his passing, we had our DFP Elite Spokesmodel Mother Daughter retreat. The retreat was truly the highlight of the year for me. My wonderful Elite level spokesmodels, their moms, a fantastic hair and makeup artist, and 2 wonderful assistants and I spent the weekend in an AMAZING luxury guest ranch and created some super creative images. We were creative, we laughed, we had fun, we relaxed, we reflected, and we enjoyed our amazing surroundings. There was good coffee, good stories, and good times. It was a wonderful weekend away with a great group of people.
Though it was an amazing time, the week after we returned my dad passed away. And because of this, it took me a long time to come back to these photos. I just couldn't bring myself to do it until now. But I am so glad I finally did, because I am so proud of this shoot. I am excited to share it with you now, in it's entirety. This will be broken up into 3 blog posts, so check back often for the latest post with new images. Here we go!We stayed at the amazing Rancho Mirando in Fischer, TX. It's impossible to capture the massive beauty of this place in photographs. It is truly breathtaking.
We started out the weekend with a big group dinner and hang out the first night. Then the next morning the work began. We set up our photo sets, and the super talented, McKenna Bailey with Glow by Mac began working on the girls' hair and makeup.Our first set was created in one of the beautiful rooms of the house. Before the trip, I spray-painted an ivory painter's tarp with red stripes. We added crushed red velvet side curtains (fabric bought on clearance) with ivory tassels (found in the dollar bin at Michael's craft store). The ringmaster stand was created with a metal drink bucket (found at Target). I spray painted on the red triangles and hot glued red foam stars to the white sections. By sheer luck, the vintage metal horse was part of the decor of the house. Lori and Allye (pictured below) helped me set everything up. Lori is Mac's momma and owner of Visible Soul Photography in Houston. She is amazing. Allye is a former DFP Elite Spokesmodel from Vandegrift High School, and she came back with us to be our social media coordinator and videographer for this retreat. She was absolutely invaluable to the trip and I adore her. You will see her awesome videography work at the end of this post, and on the homepage of my website.
First up was our circus ringmaster, Morgan S., from Georgetown High School. For Morgan's costume, we rented a vintage long coat and a top hat from Austin's Lucy In Disguise. I added a small grouping of red and black feathers to the hat for a pop of color. The coat had a little bit of Steampunk flare with clock face buttons and lots of black lace. Morgan paired it with some back pants and tall boots. It looked amazing in the photos.
Morgan's portion of the shoot was just the beginning! I will post more from the other two spokesmodels in the next couple of days. In the meantime, check out this AH-MAZING video Ally created from the trip. SO. MUCH. FUN!It makes me smile just watching it. Enjoy!~Dawn
Dawn Fry Photo Elite Spokesmodel Retreat 2016
Austin's Dawn Fry Photo Elite Senior Spokesmodel Mother/Daughter Retreat and stylized photo shoot. Our Dark Circus Theme was created and styled by Dawn Fry and Ledda Hernandez. Set and costuming by Dawn Fry, hair and makeup by McKenna Bailey, assistance by Lori Bailey, social media and videography by Allye Brillante. Song license through Songfreedom.com
Vivian is such an amazing young woman. A talented musician, a kind soul, and a DFP Spokesmodel, she knows what she wants and she goes after it. I am so grateful to have worked with her during her senior year.
Our senior session out in Pflugerville went so well. I love the old homestead location Vivian chose. It provided both interesting structures and scenic natural settings. The flowers and greenery complimented her outfits, and the old wooden structures really let her personality shine through the images.
Vivian brought her boyfriend along for the shoot - he was an awesome light bending assistant, he carried gear and clothing and provided emotional support. He even got in a couple of shots to commemorate this special time together. Aww!
Amazing hair and makeup for this senior session was provided by Michelle of Blush You, Inc. Check her out for all your glamour needs. She is amazing!
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