Early July is the best time for outdoors costume shots because the local flora is epic in height, lush and deep green. For the next in the You Are Love series, I wanted to do Alice through the Looking Glass, but I am waiting on a product from Charades [cough].
Instead, we were deep in our neighbourhood forest Tuesday morning for a red riding hood photo shoot and the sun kept following us. Peaking through the trees ruining the mystery and raising the temperature into the high 20’s.
My muse was cool and very patient using her imagination to show her caution about the nearby big bad wolf. In only half an hour, I got lots of great shots with cape on, but this shot was the only one with deep shade intact. It was also the most emotive and edgy and more akin to Grimm’s fairy tales. It’s not that happy child skipping through the forest. It’s the worried child grappling with the real world of sick grandmothers, absent parents and the unknowns of the forest. Definitely Grimm like.
Part of me loves working creatively with my muse, part of me worries about children and photography. I’ve used the text overlap as a way to give the photograph context and to protect the photograph from being re-used because while the character is fictional, the child is real.
Before I chose this photo, I talked with a number of my friends who are deep into social media and are also parents. Without prompting, all of them chose this photo. This subject is worth talking about.
What’s your opinion on corporate sexualization of girls in branding? Where do you draw the line?
Do you have strict rules about your own children’s appearance in social media? Have you seen instances where you thought, whoa that crosses a line?
Canadian Jonathan Hobin came under fire for his photographic works depicting real tragic scenes. Do feel there is a fine line between art and gratuitous shots for advertising?
About the Costume – Hands down the best supplier of interesting and well made gowns for girl’s is my supplier Princess Paradise. This is their red riding princess gown and cape, in a size 8, on a tall five year old. We only have two left in stock at FeeFiFoFun Costume Concierge, Mississauga, Ontario.
About You Are Love – is a photographic series to showcase my costumes, accessories and props and a testimony to the imagination of children in disguise. Styling, Photography and Editing by Alison Pentland. Off the Porch.ca and feefifofun.ca