Since June of 2016, I have been dreaming up a spectacular themed session I have yet to attempt. Over time I started to piece costumes and props together for, what would become, a circus themed session. After seeing The Greatest Showman for the first time (I have seen it four times, haha), I couldn't stop smiling. And this only added fuel to the my fire! I was taken back and for those who know me, I love being transported back to a different time and era. It's what I love to portray in most, if not all, of my photographs. This movie truly gave me all the feels. I am so passionate about being different, something that this movie strongly focuses on. Watching P.T. Barnum build up this empire from almost nothing, pushing away the negativity and making something positive from it, something I can relate to on so many levels. And with music and dance being such a big part of my life.... they could not have done a better job in this department.... I was truly blown away.
Over the past year, I finally reached a major career goal of mine, to be known as the "themed" photographer. The photographer that creates an experience. I don't just take these themed sessions lightly either! I go all out. I do research. I live and breathe this theme for months. These sessions are what keep me going. One of the many reasons I love what I do! This has become one of my greatest accomplishments.
This time I knew I wanted to announce this particular themed session with bang. Even though using this particular location is out of the question for the offered sessions, I want my clients to really get an idea of where I am headed. And of course, this was a personal project for myself.
Savannah, my dance model for this session, attends Progress Village School of the Arts. Would you believe she has only been dancing for two years!? Yeah! This talented young lady is truly going places. I am sure this tiny dancer will be a star. Her personality and determination is out of this world. Before this project even started, I pulled out a pair of my very first pointe shoes my mother gave me years ago. These pointe shoes are what got me through so much and used in my audition for Harrison School for the Arts. Savannah knew just how important these were to me and I asked her to wear them so that I could capture a close up of them. She, of course, was up to the challenge (she has never worn a pair of pointe shoes). I will forever be grateful for this young lady. She will never know just how much that moment meant to me.
For those of you interested in the circus themed session, make sure to stay posted on my Facebook page (Dee's Vintage Photography). I am shooting for an April time frame, before my relocation to Alaska.