Considering that this is experience is one of the most memorable of my lifetime, it’s actually disgusting how long it’s taken me to write this blog.
I met photographer Abigail K over twitter, when her fun, whimsical profile picture caught my eye. I believe it was this one:
Digging a little deeper, I discovered Abigail had a whole range of her ‘Small Girl, Big World’ photography, which she even turned into a calendar – and each and every single image took my breath away. I wanted in – there was no doubt.
Luckily for me, not only is Abi a fantastico-brilliant photographer, but she’s just damn rad too, and she was totally amped to do a fun shoot with me. I got involved with her incredible #CTConfidence Reverse Before and After project, but we also wanted to do something a bit more quirky and whimsical. We brain-stormed about some of the things I like, and an idea was born. To make matters even more exciting, Abigail’s studio mate designer Rose of Molteno Creations wanted to get involved too, and offered to custom make me my own gown for the shoot. My own custom gown, you guys!
A few fittings later, and some gathering of fun and arbitrary props, and we were ready for shoot day.
This is the breathtaking dress that Rose made me:
I mean, just look at that detail. That polkadot lace is sewn on by hand. The weirdest thing for something that looked so amazing? It was SO COMFORTABLE. (Seriously, I could have done pilates in it. I mean… not that I would. But I could have).
Kristine from Kruz4Makeup came onboard to do my hair and makeup, and created a look so amazing I never wanted to wash my face again.
And then there were the props. A trinket from here, a scrap from there, and these babies:
Painstakingly custom-made to our specifications by Kerrith from Over Indulgence Cupcakes, and gobsmackingly delicious to boot! (They were promptly demolished following the shoot, so I can testify as an authority).
Shooting with Abi is such fun, and my memory of it is a blur of giggles and laughter. The process of pulling off these images is pretty involved, and there’s nothing quite like being dressed up like a fairy princess and holding ridiculous poses to give you fits of chuckles.
But the end result took my breath away. Without further ado:
I love them so much. I just want to live in those little moments. I want to *be* that cupcake-obsessed fairy creature.
I can’t recommend the entire team involved in this folly of a project enough – we couldn’t have done it without each of them.
So, if you’ve ever considered having some fun pictures taken, I highly suggest checking out Abigail’s portfolio, and giving her a call.
Need an amazing frock? Get in touch with Rose – she caters for weddings, matric balls and everything inbetween.
As for me? Well, I’m just looking for any excuse to get back into Abi’s studio!