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“Rapunzel” from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“Rapunzel”

Here she is, the beautiful Brianna as Rapunzel. And although she doesn’t really have hair THAT long, it is STILL REALLY LONG, which is why I asked her to be my Rapunzel. At the time we did this shoot last year, her hair was indeed past her waist, and it really is that curly. Her mother announced to me before this shoot that she had even washed and combed Brianna’s hair just for me! I felt very honored at that! In order to achieve this image, I had to have a model with hair I could duplicate and work with in post-processing.  But I don’t love this girl just for her fabulous hair. She is beautiful, yes, but most importantly, she is smart, and kind, and full of awesome personality – all the things we should most value in our children.

Notice the little bird on her arm? In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I have a thing about birds.  They ended up being a recurring theme throughout many of the pictures, even though that was not my original intent.

My 12×12 book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire exhibition including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

 If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson on Oil Well Road, second floor, until May 31.

Rapunzel, Jackson TN children's photographer

Quote from Rapunzel, Grimm Borthers

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“The Three Bears” from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“The Three Bears”

How many bowls can one person collect for a photo shoot? I sure spent lots of time gathering bowls for this one! I struggled with how to stage this story, toying with ideas such as using lots of chairs, seating Annika in a large chair, or posing her in front of a small cottage. But in the end I decided that the bowls would be a perfect idea, alluding to the story without being too obvious.  Annika is a perfect “Silverhair” (or Goldilocks as she is more commonly known) – wouldn’t you agree?  What a beautiful child she is, inside and out. Unlike her Silverhair character, Annika is a very sweet and obedient child who would probably never go into a house without being invited!

For this shoot, we used my neighbor’s wonderful steps. Fittingly, this old house is where Annika’s great-grandmother once lived. I think connections like this make any shoot more special! And I so love using neat old locations for shoots.

I wanted an interesting finish for this image to emphasize Annika’s silver hair. So this finish is what one of my clients once called, “A Not-Quite Black and White”.

My 12×12 book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire exhibition including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

 If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson on Oil Well Road, second floor, until May 31.

Girl on steps with bowls, Jackson TN Children's photographer

The Three Bears story

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“The Princess and the Pea”, from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“The Princess and the Pea”

Do you know the feeling when your brain is just completely occupied with something for months on end? Like when you are moving and you need boxes, and then for months after you have already moved, you still find yourself looking for boxes or finding them everywhere? That’s how I have been with this project. I still find myself thinking of new illustrations I want to do.

I drive past this lumberyard all the time. And I am reasonably certain that had I not had fairy tales on my brain so completely for so long, it never would have occurred to me to use this setting in the way that I did. I am not sure what it says about me, that I look at at piles of lumber and see mattresses instead. I guess that’s a story for another day!

Well, once I had that flash of an idea, that I wanted to use the lumberyard for the Princess and the Pea, I knew I needed a special model. And a special Mom for that model, who would be cool with this setting. So I turned to a very, very dear friend of mine and asked if she and her beautiful daughter would be up for some, um, interesting photography. Katherine has always been a beautiful child, and I have photographed her before. In fact, you can see her on the opening flash gallery of my website. She’s the one with the incredible blue eyes.

We went to the lumberyard on a Sunday (I had received permission from the owner) and found this lovely stack of lumber under a shed, perfect to minimize the bright sunlight that day. In reality, Katherine was not as high up as she looks here, although I didn’t change the height in post – must have been a perspective thing. And the lumber stack was very sturdy and safe – it was banded together (I did lots of post-processing on this image). If you look very closely (hard to see with this small image), you can see the little bird’s nest in the lumber.  That’s the Pea!

Questions from the art show: Was the ladder really there? And where did you find a lumberyard with chandeliers?  :)

girl lying on stack of lumber, Jackson TN

Quote from "Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Andersen

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“The Three Ravens”, from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” – The Three Ravens

This is one of my favorites. My beautiful model Kateline was not too happy about wearing a burlap dress, but it was the only thing fitting for this image.  She was a trooper though, and never complained!  I love birds, and have always been fascinated by ravens and the stories surrounding them. Of almost all the stories in this project, this one resonates with me the most. If you have ever read “The Six Swans”, “The Seven Swans”, or the “Seven Ravens”, this story is the original of that ilk. In the more famous “Six Swans”, the princess is not able to finish all the nettle-shirts for her brothers, and the littlest brother ends up with a wing instead of an arm. In this story, she does not have to make shirts, but instead has to remain silent for three years.

If any of you are familiar with Jim Henson’s “The Storyteller”, which was a TV show that aired in the late 80’s, this was one of the stories featured.  I had to dig far and wide for many weeks on the internet and through actual books to finally locate this original text (translated from the German, of course).

Regarding the image:  An older lady asked me at the art show how long it took me to train the ravens to fly in a circle. Best. Question. Ever.

My coffee table book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire show including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

 

If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson, second floor, until May 31.

 

Portrait of Girl with Three Ravens in Jackson TN

The Three Ravens story, Jackson TN

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Red Riding Hood

This was the first image I created for this project.  My mother made the beautiful red silk cape for my daughter to wear.  It was a hot, buggy day and I got a bad case of poison ivy from wearing flip flops in these woods behind my parents’ house (note to self: always wear real shoes when taking pictures in the woods!).  Caroline was such a trooper and calmly did everything I asked her to do.  When I asked her if she could look “a little nervous”, this is the look she gave me. Perfect! And no, that is not a real wolf.:)

My coffee table book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire show including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson, second floor, until May 31.

Little Red Riding Hod storyLittle Red Riding Hood image, Jackson TN children's photographer

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