“Happy girls are the prettiest”
On movie classics and fashion icons
Like classic storybooks (and you can check out my website, I had a couple of storybooks inspiration shoots), classic movies can also become magnificent sources of photographic inspiration. After all, they have become classics because they stand the test of time and continue to prove modern, current, and relevant to our lives.
Who doesn’t love a little black dress? Almost every girl has one. But when that little black dress becomes immortalized in fashion by an iconic movie star, it becomes a girl’s dream dress and a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired photography session for me.
I can’t truly express how excited I am to share this post. I have worked with this little girl before on a family lifestyle session. She was wearing her ballet outfit, and she was so darling. I also notice how gracefully elegant this little girl is. She doesn’t have to force a pose. It comes naturally to her. That sounds like a mini Audrey Hepburn kind of girl to me!
So when it was time to do her pictures again, I suggested to her mom an Audrey Hepburn-Breakfast At Tiffany’s session. She immediately tagged along. I love when moms are as excited as I am to do a session!
And oh my, was I excited! I have the best job in the world…I get to play dress-up! In real life! With real dolls! I made the dress she was wearing. Although it took me a little more work than I expected, I think it was worth it. Everybody complimented her for how beautiful she was in that dress was not the day’s highest point. The fact that she asked me if she could keep it, THAT made my day!
It was crucial to me to be faithful to the movie classic in my selected props. I had to incorporate a high sense of fashion and luxury into the shoot. After all, that’s one of the reasons why it became a classic. The tiara, the gloves, the pearls added to the classic iconic look, and of course, what is Breakfast at Tiffany’s without diamonds, right? So I went to a very exclusive shopping area and used it as a luxurious backdrop for this tiny new fashion icon.
The funny thing is, at five years old, Dianita doesn’t even know who Audrey Hepburn or Breakfast at Tiffany’s is, nor what a fashion icon is. All that matters is that she felt happy and pretty for that day, and, like Audrey Hepburn said, “happy girls are the prettiest.” One day, she will watch the movie with mom and little sister Naomi and understand.
Doesn’t she looks stunning? She looks like a professional model.
In this pic I focus the attention on the lighted window display, and naturally everything around it was darken. It created a more cinematography look.
I love reflections!
I can’t leave this post without showing you some of the behind the scene shots. You know how much I love family relationships in photographs. This big sister is gorgeous, but she is also very kind to her baby sister. Even though Naomi (18 months) wasn’t the primary model in this shoot, there is no reason not to dress up and wear a tutu, right? We decided to take a couple of pictures of Naomi just because she is so cute too! Dianita made sure Naomi was ready for her pictures as a big sister. She offered to apply the lipgloss, and I captured the cutest image of being a big sister leading her baby sister into makeup…It reminded me of one of the “Americana” paintings reflecting childhood scenes! I LOVE IT!
All Images copyrighted by Marelly Medina 2013-2021
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