What should I wear for a Fairy Shoot?
One of the most frequent questions or concerns that we get from customers are, “What should I wear?” or “I don’t have costumes” our reply is always “Fantasy costumes can be made of anything!!” I have several boards on Pinterest that include fairy costumes, photo props, DIY jewelry, etc. I’m sharing my personal boards so you will also see some stuff for recipes, fashion and home decor. I think that when our customers look through the gallery and see elaborate costumes, they don’t realize how much is painted on. Im going to touch base on anything you can think of as far as costumes for a fantasy style shoot.
#1 You already have the photo that you want to use, but you are not in costume at all.
This is probably the most common one that we get asked. Yes, it does make it slightly harder for us, but are we use to it, of course!. Don’t let a great photo go to waste. Take a look at the photo to the left, the shot is very creative, her expression has so much somber emotion in it that it tells such a wonderful story, but the model did not like the way her leg looked nor did she like her clothes since it wasnt “fairy like”. As you can see from the after image, we had no problems changing her clothes as well as covering up that leg. Even though, this was a photo that she had originally rejected, she was very pleased with the finished piece and its actually one of my all time faves!.
#2 You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a costume
Well, most of you aren’t like me, who has a whole wardrobe of just fantasy fairy dresses or princess gowns, its ok, I know Im the weird one! Don’t let the idea that you need a lot of money stop you from doing this, because it’s just not true. The photo on the right is from Party City (who has great prices and sales during off season) This is your generic Tinker Bell costume. You could keep this as is or add some bling, glue some flowers, throw some glitter, you get where I’m going with this. Most of these costumes come with wings, use them for something else, we paint on all the wings, so thats just not needed.
There are tons low prices for adults as well if you want to go with the low cost easy store bought. All of your big stores like Walmart, Target, Kmart, Party City, sell these year round. You can also stock up the first week of November when these items can be as low as 80% off! My son, when he was 3 until about 6 loved dressing up as a ninja or race car driver and we would get the costumes from Target for just $4 after Halloween. He wore his Captain America costume every where we went. Another option, especially if you know that you will never be wearing this again would be thrift stores like GoodWIll or Salvation Army. I’ve seen brand new costumes there for just $5.
#3 You want to make your own costume
This issue I’m breaking up into three sections since I have a lot to say. This is by far my favorite of all costumes!!! They always come out with so much more personality and character and to me, they seem more fairy like. Hello, fairies cant go shopping at the mall (well unless, you are me ) I just love it when people find random trinkets at home to accessorize their costume. To me, there are 3 types of faes; the royal princess type, the forest nymph, and the house scavenger junk collector. The last one is my favorite.
For the “Quickie DIYers” you can find an infinite amount of DIY videos and blogs on how to make home made tutus. Im not much of a seamstress ( I own a great sewing machine that I’ve never even used! ) so anything that DOESN’T require sewing, Im in! These tutus you usually just buy some tulle or ribbons and you tie knots around a belt, cord, elastic, anything that can tie. You can super glue some flowers or buttons. Depending on the length of your tulle, it can be a dress or a skirt. Toddlers look adorable when these are used as dresses, the look like the icing on a cupcake. For adults, I would suggest either a tie around the waist as a dress or as a skirt with a leotard or bathing suit underneath or some extra fabric as a top piece.
For the “Crafty Folks” who want a little something extra, you know how to sew, you have a hot glue gun and you want a more original costume. Maybe you are doing one of our personalized fairy tales books and want your outfit to really go well with the story. Go around your home and find random little pieces of broken jewelry, wigs, rip some clothes up and add all kinds of sashes, have fun!. I love just layering fabrics on top of each other or using old hippy skirts that I can cut or tear, same goes with shirts. The possibilities are endless.
Now for the “Over Achievers” who make me so jealous! Whenever I go to Faerie Con or Ren Fairs, I always see them. They are the ones who just go all out, I love that kind of commitment, since I lack it! I have done this a few times though and the photos have come out wonderful. Yes, it does require a lot more thought, money and time but wowzers! You also feel such pride over your photos and it also gives so much more confidence with you are taking the pictures. Its like Christmas for me when I get photos like this, although, I totally understand that only a very few people can actually do this, trust me, I know!
Now, if you feel like you don’t want to be bothered at all with the costume process, we do offer costumes here. We can make them any size, style, simple, fancy, you tell us!
Whatever your style is, we can make it work into a beautiful piece of art that you will cherish. If you live in Florida, look into hiring us for a photo shoot. It really does add to the whole experience. Below are some of the photos that we have taken as well as some simple DIY costumes.
Keep an eye out for our next post about Mermaid Costumes!
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