Two weeks ago now, I was schlepping about in the swamp for a photo shoot. Well, first I got lost. Really, really lost. Gravel road lost. “Is that a banjo I hear playing” lost. Seems they don’t need fancy things like, oh, STREET SIGNS, out in the swamp.
Actually, there were a number of lovely homes around, and it wasn’t REALLY the middle of nowhere. But, the street signs I needed were, in fact, not there.
The shoot is really the brain-child of my friend Amanda of AHB Hair & Make up (www.ahbweddingandevents.com). She does a big Halloween shoot each year, with a different theme. Since we had pretty much not yet met in time for last years shoot, this was my first opportunity to play.
Shot by Jennifer of Just Be Photojennic (www.facebook.com/justbephotojennic) and modeled by some really good sports (and theatre folks).
I made the Voodoo Swamp Queen and Angel costumes from scratch. The rest I thrifted and distressed/dyed/painted as needed.
The storyline is roughly: Two kids at Grandma’s house are sent out to get an ingredient for her cooking, they take a short cut through the swamp and are nabbed by the Voodoo Queen and the Swamp Man, they get away, Angel comes, cleans up wounds, everyone’s happy, kids make it back to Grandma, end of story. 😉
It’s been so long since I’ve had the opportunity to flex my theatrical costuming muscles–and this project really reminded me of how much I love and miss it. Since moving to the La area, I really have not branched into the local theatre scene. This made me think that I just might….after Halloween, of course.
That’s not all of the images, of course, but enough to give you an idea. I’m waiting on more costume-specific ones (including some with the Angel in pointe shoes), and as I get those I’ll share.
The Voodoo Queen costume is up for sale in my shop now: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165123657/swamp-witch-costume-voodoo-costume?ref=shop_home_active
A few other items from the shoot will be available for purchase soon.