I should let it be known, I’m a huge fan of the world of fantasy and fairytales.
The idea of a Rapunzel fashion shoot had been on my mind since going through various children’s books and my wife’s collection of fairytales. I scoured around for fairytales involving specific elements, things like elaborate hair or dresses that carried a volume and dramatic story of their own.
With this tucked away in my mind, I ran into an old high school friend at a Fashion Show I was shooting and we decided working on something together would be a great creative side project. With her insane talent for hair design, Kimberly was the best person to do a Rapunzel creative shoot with. Her quick combing talents and access to extensions made this session one of the most relaxing and exciting projects.
Our make-up artist, Aura, was recommended after tracking down a handful of people that were all unavailable for the day-of. Turns out, she had always wanted to be a part of a creative fashion shoot and was a perfect addition to the team. I love how everyone on this shoot were there because they wanted to be, because they wanted to do something different.
And I really shouldn’t forget to mention that our stylist Carolina Siulin absolutely nailed what I had in my head. This is even more incredible when you realize how terribly I was able to put my vision into words in our emails and phone calls before the shoot took place.
Our model had a great time too. Sally, from the Charles Stewart Modelling Agency, was excited to carry a heavy head of hair and show some “fierce” for us. By the end of the afternoon, we had all cheered each other on and high-fived the shots we aced. —I think each one of us wanted a chance at whipping the braids around, too. This would explain the strewn about pieces of hair that our producer ended up cleaning up after us. Understatement of the project is this: we had a blast making our own Rapunzel.