This series was going to be different in many ways from other shoots. For one thing we were going to need two dresses. The "Cleaning Dress" and the "Ball Gown." I had the cleaning dress made already. I had designed and sewed it for the Hansel and Gretel photo shoot we had planned, but never made happen. I wasn't really happy with is as a Gretel dress anyway, it fit the Cinderella concept so much better and it was a great jumping off point.
Then I headed off to goodwill again and found another beautiful curtain panel. I wanted the dress to look both classic and trendy, which is not the easiest of things to accomplish. So I figured if I made it mostly structured and added the fishnets later that would do the trick.
The it was time for casting. What is Cinderella without her fairy godmother, and handsome prince. Like I said I only set myself a week to find people for a Sunday shoot. I called on a good friend of mine from high school Gary Oak. He had been keeping tabs on the series since the beginning and he and I had been trying to find a project to do together for a while. I thought that this would be perfect. So fortunately he was available and more that willing so we booked him right away. I couldn't be happier with the finished product. He is... I would say dreamy, but that is Chris's word so let's go with... dashing and sexy. Yeah I think Gary deserves two words and those are dashing and sexy.
Mmmmmmm. That's nice. I feel happy looking at that picture.
When it was time to cast a fairy godmother there was really only one option. Bobby Schmeling has been my fairy godmother incarnate almost since the day I met him. Seriously, this man has put aside his own needs to come to my rescue more times than I can count. He's one of my dearest friends and I couldn't think of a more appropriate person to fill this role in the shoot. He was brilliant, but then again, he always is.
We were also going to need a space for the pre-ball fairy god mother shots. I had just closed a show at In Tandem Theatre and I knew they had a fantastic fireplace in their backstage. I called them and they were super gracious to let us shoot while they were working on their new set. I knew we could get everything we needed in an hour and stay out of their way.
Finally we needed a "palace" or at least my take on a palace. I knew where I wanted to shoot. However it seemed like the longest of shots. I wanted to do my Cinderella story at the downtown Hilton. I figured the worst they could say was no. So I walked in and right up to the front desk. I introduced myself, and explained the project. I was asked if we should shoot there I hadn't even finished my sentence before the man behind the desk stopped me. He held up his hand and said, " I don't care. Do what you want." I responded confused, "Are you sure you don't need to ask someone else about this?" He went back to working while talking to me, "Are you going to break things?" "No." "Are you going to move things?" "No." "Then I don't care." Hilton accomplished.
Then we headed over to the Hilton. We set up and drew a nice crowd in the lobby. Little girls would stop and point, men in business suits with roller suit cases slowed down. Most of them thought we were doing something for a classy magazine, I didn't have the heart to tell people that we were really just fulfilling my childhood fantasies, so I didn't make eye contact and didn't speak to anyone.
Finally we hit up the In Tandem space, and I dressed down. We finished by around 2pm and parted ways. It was later that night that I got the first Cinderella loosing her shoe photo. I loved it, and for the first time I realized that these projects were bigger than a little whim that I had several months ago. Yeah, this was pretty cool.