V318: Behind The Scenes at Our Winter Wonderland Photo Shoot

The original concept sketch for the Winter Wonderland set

I’ve been *SO FLIPPIN’ BUSY* trying to get everything done for the photo shoot yesterday.  I finished the blue riding habit, with its ten tons of silver trim, and Chris and I built a snowy landscape in our garage, er, I mean photo studio, *cough* .

Acres of silver trim put on by hand.  It took forever, but looks great, and stiffened the front of the bodice considerably.
For the cuffs, I used some of the vintage lace I bought at Costume College.  I didn’t have time to make a proper shirt for underneath – that’s for later, along with a gilet.

It took a long time – we made aspen trees out of rolls of corrugated cardboard packing, faux painted them, and suspended the on lines of string tied across the top of the garage door frame.

“Aspen tress.”
Me painting the trees at 10 pm
It didn’t look like much to start with

We also hung pretty blue ornaments, strung cotton balls on fishline, and spread out a massive piece of cotton batting on the floor, along with quite a lot of “snow” made from recycled plastic bags.  The dogs loved that far more than I’ve loved vacuuming it up after they carried it all over the house.

Historical Dog plunked herself down on the snow and wouldn’t move for anything.  She was kindof grumpy all through the shoot.

The beautiful and talented Lauren Wills was our model.  She fit into the riding habit perfectly, and looked stunning with her lightly powdered red hair tucked under the tricorn.  Chris worked his magic with the lighting and through the lens, I directed, and Avi staged a protest by refusing to leave the snowy forest.

Chris photographing Lauren W.  Historical Dog was so bored she fell asleep

I can’t wait to show you the resulting photos from this shoot! These are just my behind-the-scene snaps, but Chris’ shot promise to be full of sparkly holiday goodness. 🙂


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