Arkansas Fashion Photographers – Design your own Dress
This whole idea for a shoot started when a company approached us about shooting their amazing headpieces on models for our mutual benefit. (We would get the awesome props for our shoot, they would get awesome images to show off their products.) Unfortunately, said company wanted a gazillion dollars in advance to use their super cool “fascinators”. SO, that idea died. BUT, the images in my head that I had envisioned for the shoot would not leave me alone! I decided that I had to do the shoot just to get it out of my system! lol
I knew I needed an awesome dress, and that there was no way I was going to spend a ton of money on one – just for my personal work. So, I thought about the amazing Sue Bryce and how she’s always talking about making her own dresses for shoots, and I thought…why not?
I had this vintage wedding gown I bought at a thrift store for a shoot last year ($35), and I decided that I could buy some tulle for a skirt and veil and dye them all together and make SOMETHING out them. And that’s exactly what I did. We tried to dye the dress GRAY, and it turned out purple. BRIGHT WEIRD PURPLE. (see hideous picture below) hahahaha So, we decided to cut the outer layer off of the dress. lol Also, I haven’t mentioned this yet, but I do NOT sew. I’m not sure I could even sew a pillowcase. So, the skirt is sewn, but it is SAFETY PINNED onto the dress. (You can see our initial attempt of pinning the dress onto my daughter because we don’t even have a cool mannequin thing.) The belt is pinned to the dress as well, and the top is just tulle tied in the back. (I thought about covering the back with lace, but I ended up liking the tied back. 🙂 So, this whole process (minus shopping) took about 5 hours. It was totally worth it, but I thought for a few hours that I had completely lost my mind. 😉 Now that it’s done, I can’t wait to do it again!
tulle (JoAnne’s)- $13.50
jewelry (Plato’s Closet) -$12.00
accessories (Hobby Lobby) – $8.00
(We also added a corset on top of the dress and a cool necklace for a whole new look during the second part of the shoot. We will post portraits soon!)
Of course, I can’t wrap up this blog post without mentioning my amazing model, Naomi. We were introduced by her sister, and I am so glad because she absolutely brought the dress and my vision to life. She was graceful, fun, easy to work with, and completely stunning from every angle. Thank you so much Naomi, you were fabulous!!! 🙂
So, here it is…the first look! Thanks for checking it out – hope you enjoy it and maybe even feel inspired to create a dress for your next creative shoot! 🙂