I started creating portraits of Katlyn when the studio was being kicked off the ground. One of the first images of Kat was during her freshman year of high school on the swim team; it was a image of her sitting balled up in a chair, concentrating on the next relay she was in. To this day, that little 4x6 image is framed on display in her parents' living room along with countless other signature prints and canvases from our past sessions. I shot her Junior and Senior prom, Senior and Graduation Portraits, and of course seasonal portraits with her little brothers. Kat has become a muse. She models for our workshops and for many of my personal projects. The most unique was *THE* purple paper dress I made just for her; we traveled to Charleston, SC to photograph it - the epic dress needed an epic location! Kat is an amazing author: she's written short stories to go along with albums I've designed, writes short stories, and has goals of being published. Her love for all things written is what lead to the brainstorm of these portraits.
*THE* purple paper dress...
This dress was created as a personal project of mine. I asked Kat to be the model for it. It took 3 months to make: 500 sheets of tissue paper, 20 yards of butcher paper, and 1 newspaper.
Paper machet bodice, shaped by a newspaper, covered in crinkled butcher paper, and held on by Velcro (the ONLY non paper item on this dress).
300 hand twisted tissue paper roses on a butcher paper cape/train, tied on with paper ribbon
200 tissue paper sheets make up the skirt which is held out by layers of butcher paper and tied on with paper ribbon
Shot in the middle of July in Charleston - we were either really brave or really dumb LOL!!