A Rococo inspired Portrait Photoshoot
…and the story behind the dress – how an obstacle became a chance for something bigger and better.
Super excited to share this photoshoot with you and I hope it inspires you for your own portrait photoshoot (here in a Dubai studio or on location).
For Angelika’s studio portrait photoshoot the first part was photographing her in her own outfits (see her Gallery here). The second part of the shoot we changed hair and make up quite a bit and transformed this beautiful women into a lady from the Rococo era with one of my dresses.
I incorporated feathers again (here my previous use of feathers in an on location photoshoot) and lots of fabric flowers, pearls and other dreamy accessories.
The story behind the dress started with the idea for another photo project I will post about soon – a vintage wedding dress photo shoot. Unfortunately the cleaner brought back my beautiful 1950s satin and lace vintage wedding dress super damaged and I couldn’t use it for that project.
Below: On the left is how I bought the dress. The other images show the damage on the lace after “cleaning”.
This little setback then got my creativity going: How about I am trying to fix it and change it and do a Rococo inspired portrait photoshooting with it? It took me months to develop my idea and sow it all together – I am far from a pro in sewing! Got my super old but wonderful Ideal sewing machine out and started working away.
I cut out the lace in the centre of the skirt part to be able to replace both sleeves and a section in the back with the same lace. Below: fixing the back and the new sleeves.
How I did it: I had to undo the damaged sleeve completely, separated the hem and buttons, cut the pattern from the skirt lace part (the re-used lace) and sew everything together again.
With the lace replaced I attached extra tulle on the side and added tulle flowers on the top. I think I got ALL the needles out now 😉
Bit by bit it transformed from this ripped and damaged mess to something Angelika felt like a princess in. I am thrilled with the result and this dress is available to you, if you book a photoshooting with me. 🙂
See the rest of Angelika’s portrait photo shooting here.
Have a wonderful August and I hope your obstacles turn into something bigger and better, too!
Hair and make up of the portrait session and this Rococo inspired part by talented Saba.