2015-2016 Season Photo Shoot

In our season of Unexpected Heroes was have many in that line: Belle, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Captain Hook and Maid Marion
In our season of Unexpected Heroes was have many in that line: Belle, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Captain Hook and Maid Marion

Ms. Figg put me and my friends in charge of the Season Brochure Photo Shoot this year. We had a lot to live up to since last year’s photo shoot was beautiful. This year’s season, “Unexpected Heroes,” tells the tales of heroines in Robin Hood, Beauty and the Beast, and Peter Pan.

Tinker Bell is an unexpected hero when she saves Peter Pan.
Tinker Bell is an unexpected hero when she saves Peter Pan.

Our challenge: Photograph classically graceful characters and capture their adventurous sides. On Sunday, Katherine Glueckert and I headed up to Homestead to pull costumes. We found five Maid Marian possibilities, a few Brigadoon costumes, a broken Belle ballgown, a nightgown and a pirate Halloween costume. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to tell the story with these costumes. Boy, was I wrong.

Maid Marion matches Robin blow for blow in our production of "Robin Hood."  She is the hero in this tale.
Maid Marion matches Robin blow for blow in our production of “Robin Hood.” She is the hero in this tale.

Katherine and I proceeded to figure out who could portray who based on costumes and personalities. Later, we texted everyone and made sure they could make it the next day. We were ready to go. We all met at 6:30 PM at Virmond Park. Lily and I had the costumes and our friend, Alex, came with the camera ready to photograph. After everyone had their costumes on, we experimented with photos in the woodsy areas. Rays of sunlight peaked out from between trees which created a beautiful background.

Wendy is the real one in charge in "Peter Pan,"  she makes everything happen in this story and it's time to tell it from her side.
Wendy is the real one in charge in “Peter Pan,” she makes everything happen in this story and it’s time to tell it from her side.

After taking Tinkerbell photos in the woods, we took Maid Marian photos out in the sunlight. The light was beautiful and illuminated the dress and Ansley (Maid Marian). Marian’s photos were regal yet carefree.

Captain Hook, might not be a hero in traditional tellings of "Peter Pan," but anything is possible this season
Captain Hook, might not be a hero in traditional tellings of “Peter Pan,” but anything is possible this season

Next, we took our Wendy photos. Wendy’s posing was difficult since she is almost always portrayed flying with Peter Pan. Katherine’s (Wendy’s) posing ended up being perfect. She looked graceful and light as if she could fly off to Neverland at any moment.

Belle is the hero in "Beauty and the Beast" hands down.
Belle is the hero in “Beauty and the Beast” hands down.

Captain Hook’s photos were next. (When we grabbed costumes we forgot the small detail of a hook; however, this didn’t alter the photos’ effect drastically.) Admittedly, these were my favorite from the shoot. Lake Michigan looks beautiful in the background and Sophia (Captain Hook) knew how to channel the attitude of the character.

IMG_2148Belle’s photos were next. It was difficult portraying Belle but the book prop did its job and made the photos work. The sunlight continued its magic and created beautifully lit portraits. Following individual photos, we took group shots. Although most of them were silly, we managed to get a few good ones. Afterwards, we just took funny photos of eachother. Overall, the photoshoot was a fun experience and I can’t wait to see the photos on our materials!

By: Emma Zander (2017)

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