A few days ago, this year’s holiday card was unveiled, and it’s only fitting that Amber the Snow Princess should also be the bride of the month for December 2013. Much was mentioned in the holiday card post about the amazing cast of talent that joined me in the studio for this beyond-fun shoot, and I’d like to share a little behind-the-scenes view on how it all came together.
Here’s a summary…
1 year of idea development
3 months of focused pre-production
8 visionary professionals
300+ emails and phone calls
This shoot was a fun one for sure. The idea developed over 12 months’ time (unusually rare) and was intended for the 2012 holiday season; however, the idea came to me with too little ramp up time to pull it all together to unveil early December 2012. Though disappointing at the time, I’m delighted that it marinated for a year because this session took on a life of its own once everyone became involved, and the experience on set that day was worth the wait.
I’m an avid reader of fashion magazines…Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and W to name a few…for creative inspiration and idea stretching. Over Summer 2012, I flipped through a 2005 issue of Vogue and landed on a fantastic shoot of Tilda Swinton as the White Witch from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe feature film, and I was immediately captivated by the high fashion “winter bride” costume. Idea wheels started rolling to put my own spin on a Snow Princess session using only local professionals. This is Nashville, nicknamed the Third Coast, since we have the same kind of creative talent as the East and West coasts. We can do this here; so we did.
It was time to team with a set design coordinator, bridal boutique, headpiece designer, hair and make-up stylist, and the always-important jewelry designer to doll up Amber for this shoot. Amber and I have known each other for several years, and she’s always a pleasure to be around. I knew her fair skin, long natural blonde hair, and high fashion affections were on target to cast her for this other-worldly, exotic Snow Princess theme.
A common question asked after seeing this shoot is “how did you make that digital snow?” Then I smile and say that everything you see in the images happened on set in camera through the tried-and-true method of a snow flurry machine plus a fog machine for the billowing snow drifts. Fun, fun times. Way more fun than creating a Photoshopped snow effect.
To see visual snippets of the pre-production creative process, pop over to the now-public Pinterest board where the entire team of creatives contributed inspirations and ideas. I still visit it from occasionally to relive fond memories of the creative process, and I’m excited about pulling together the next one.
Time to do one for you! Cheers!
P.S. Another big thanks to these talented professionals for their marvelous work on this shoot. Make sure they’re a part of your wedding day plans:
Krystal Bonner of Phoenix Forrester Events / Set Design Coordination
Glitz Nashville / Bridal Gown
Amber Chapman of DNA Stylix / Model & Jewelry Stylist
Sunny Fitz of SUNNYband / Custom Headpieces
Amy Lynn Larwig / Hair & Make-up Stylist
Brian Snyder of Snyder Entertainment / Fog Machine
Gregory Byerline / Creative Director & Photographer
John Jordan of John Jordan Films / Behind-The-Scenes Video Greeting Card (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)