Awhile ago I saw an image on Dark Beauty Magazines Facebook page that inspired me to create an Ice Princess look of my own. I went to Hobby Lobby and after a stroll around the store, I found some random materials that I felt I could put together to make an organic crown. I cut and glued sticks to a form I thought I could use for the base. A later trip netted me a candle holder with jewels on it, so I grabbed that thinking it might look like ice. Here's a shot of the crown once assembled:
I spoke with a model that I had worked with before named Lillian that I thought had the perfect look for the vision I had in my head. She was interested in the concept, so I was off and rolling. I ordered some special makeup online, and another trip to Hobby Lobby netted a handful of jewels. I also ordered some unique lashes and jewels from a site I found online. Later on I was talking to my friend Sarah, who teams up with me doing hair and makeup for regular client portrait shots, and I told her about my idea. She immediately volunteered to do the makeup and I was over the moon! Originally I had planned to muddle through the makeup myself, to have someone with skills in this area willing to work on the project was fabulous.
So we all convened ironically on a day where we had the potential of having an ice storm! It never really gets that cold here, but of course the day of the ICE PRINCESS shoot we had a storm looming. Fortunately all we got was a little freezing rain towards the end of the day, but nothing that prevented us from getting home safely.
Here is Sarah hard at work first on Lillian's hair, then a progression through the stages of makeup that she applied:
Start of hair to beginning of shoot time was about four hours, all were troopers as the creative process meandered its way forward through the day. Here are a few of the after shots. Lillian was lovely enough to bring a vintage wedding dress she owned to the shoot, I think it made the whole look come together:
And a more sinister look I like to call "The Melting"!:
I have a few more ideas planned for other shots from the day, but they will require some compositing to achieve the look in my head. Please check back later and you may see some more images loaded. I hope you like all of our hard work!
Photography: Tammy Zurak
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Yancey of Ardent Salon (Pictured in Image above)
Model: Lillian Harpeth