Halloween Shoot

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.

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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.

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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.

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Shot by Jennifer of Just Be Photojennic (www.facebook.com/justbephotojennic) and modeled by some really good sports (and theatre folks).

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I made the Voodoo Swamp Queen and Angel costumes from scratch.  The rest I thrifted and distressed/dyed/painted as needed.

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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. 😉

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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.

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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.

Destruction

First off, I plan to be around a bit more.  Today was the official First Day of being self-employed full-time–no more part time gig to fall back on!  No more hours spent doing things that are, quite frankly, deadly dull.  No more wishing I was home, sewing.

Now for the panic.

Noooo.  I’ll be fine.  Pass me that paper bag, would ya?

I’ve been sewing, tearing, ripping, painting and dyeing my little heart out for the past week.  I’m working on costumes for an upcoming Halloween shoot with AHB Hair and Make up.  We shoot Thursday!

First up, Voodoo Queen from the swamp.  I first made a beautiful gown and underskirt–mismatched on purpose, as a voodoo queen living in the swamp probably doesn’t buy matching gowns.  In fact, she probably takes what she can get.  So, after sewing it all up, brand new and lovely, it looked like this:

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The material for the overdress is actually a home decor fabric that I’ve been hoarding for years.  I purchased it with the express intent of making this very type of dress.  The tatted apron/draped portion of the skirt was made by my grandmother.  It’s stained and torn, but I’ve kept it around, knowing I’d come up with something some day to do with it–and that day finally came!

Since this character lives in the swamp….well, she couldn’t be too clean, could she?  So, it was with an aching heart (and, lets be honest, a little bit of glee) that I set to the dress with dye, fabric paint, scissors and a cheese grater.  Hours later:

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I’m extremely proud of the outcome.  I’d have to put this in my top 5 favorites of all time that I’ve created.  I really cannot wait for the shoot!

I still have some accessories to create–some necklaces and hair bits.

This will be up for sale after the shoot, and I’ll be offering it as a custom order, as well (though I’ll never be able to re-create it exactly).

What do you think?