It all began with a forgotten red dress. We had ordered a sample dress last year, but when the time to came to shoot the collection it would be a part of we had lost the light and the photos were unusable.
So a lone, red dress lay forgotten in our closet for almost a year, until we began to put together our photo spread for Shine Magazine. I took the dress out, having forgotten how beautiful it was. We had just finished shooing our dress Ella, and those pictures were our new golden standard: they showed the dress beautifully and told a story at the same time.
By comparison, organizing and story boarding the shoot for Ella was easy. We were paying tribute to a Disney classic and recreating those iconic moments.
But what about this red dress? I found myself completely stumped. I stared at it long and hard and then finally decided just to hang it up in the house where I could walk by and see it daily. A few days later the thought crossed my mind, Didn’t the skirt remind me of Katniss Everdeen’s red dress from The Hunger Games? Immediately I jumped on YouTube and watched the clip with the red dress. Sure enough, they looked similar.
And so, the kernel of the idea for our Katniss shoot was born. I watched and rewatched that clip from the movie over and over and over some more. Once I felt I had a handle on the look of the dress (minus flames of course). I began my search for a model and a location. The location proved challenging. Should we go for the place Katniss is most herself, the woods; give a nod to the neo-classical architecture of the Capitol; or just try and show the character of Katniss as she’s thrown into a cruel game and becomes the strong heroine we adore?
We decided on the latter and once we had only one piece remained: the perfect model. We were trying to decide between a few models we’d worked with before when the perfect model dropped into our laps. She looked a little bit like Jennifer Lawrence, but more importantly, she was beautiful on the inside. At Virtuous Prom, we’re looking for girls who are beautiful inside and out. They’re not easy to come by, but they are well worth the wait.
And so preparation for the shoot commenced in earnest. We arranged a time and place for all of us to meet up and start the shoot. We analyzed Katniss’ hair and make up, her mannerism and got everything ready for the big day.
Then, less than two hours before the shoot, our photographer cancelled on us. At this moment I knew I had been in this field long enough, because my stress level didn’t shoot sky high. I simply picked up the phone and called Ted from TED Photography. Like the proverbial knight in shining armor, Ted came to our rescue. I’ll let Ted’s photos speak for themselves, but what his photos don’t show is what a kindhearted, patient, wonderful person and professional he is to work with. We simply can’t say enough nice things about Ted. Thank you Ted, for saving the day!
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll leave you with a few fun behind the scenes photos and then the finished product.