The day I became Edward Scissorhands.

I’m so excited about sharing this experience with you guys that I kind of don’t know where to begin. So I guess I’ll just do this chronologically.

My dear friend Lindsay is SUCH an amazing photographer (hire her, now). My husband and I did an anniversary shoot with her and it was a great experience but another thing Lindsay really excels at and loves doing are styled shoots. She has brought so many classic characters to life including Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and several others. GO look at them now (but then please come back to this blog post). I’ve wanted to do a shoot with her but let’s be honest…I’m not a princess girl. It’s not that I don’t like princesses, I just don’t really have the look. I’m Tonya Harding and those ladies are Nancy Kerrigan. When I mentioned that I was interested in doing a shoot, she asked if I thought my husband would be willing to be Edward Scissorhands….I told her no, but that I would…and the magic started, y’all!

We spent a few months doing tons of planning and figuring out the costume, makeup, location, etc. It was NOT easy because we really wanted it to look authentic and not costumey (that’s a word…right? whatever). Well, I hate to brag but…we nailed it.

Here are a few behind the scenes photos Lindsay took while the INCREDIBLE Molly of Dollface Makeup Artistry was transforming my face. I didn’t see any of it until I was completely done so when Lindsay showed me these photos, I was floored. It is pretty amazing to see how she got from my normal face to something that looked totally different.

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Yikes, I need to work on my posture…sorry, mom!

Can someone take me to the hospital please? Eek. Can someone take me to the hospital please? Eek.

Once hair and makeup was done, I put all my gear on (with the help of about four people, obviously) and got in the car.

Just chilling. Totally normal. Just chilling. Totally normal.

Now, I want you guys to remember that it’s summer in Texas. We’ve had a pretty mild summer thus far, the weekends before and after our shoots were in the 70s and 80s, but of course that day it was 95 degrees from 4-7pm. And the majority of the shoot was in a second and third floor attic.

There’s something so cool about completely transforming into a different person. I couldn’t really talk (and DEFINITELY couldn’t laugh) because of the scars of my face – the sweat alone was making them peel off. My heels were huge, my pants were super tight leather and I was sweating profusely so I ended up kind of walking like Edward. And obviously I couldn’t use my hands at all. It sounds so cheesy, but he is such a kind, misunderstood character and it was just really fascinating to “be” him for a few hours. It was such a remarkable experience that I am so grateful for.

Okay, okay. Without further ado, here are some of the amazing images from Lindsay. Side note: she was nice enough to not watermark these, so you know, just don’t repost them or anything without her permission (she didn’t ask me to say that, but I’m saying it anyway).

Right? I know. Needless to say, go and “like” Dollface Makeup Artistry and Lindsay Steele Photography on Facebook so you can keep up with their antics. Both of them are RIDICULOUSLY talented and super fun – even if you can’t book them for a shoot definitely follow their work. You won’t regret it.

xoxo
Valery

 

4 thoughts on “The day I became Edward Scissorhands.

    1. Thanks so much, Jessica!

      Isn’t bad posture the worst?! I get so embarrassed when I see myself slouching in pictures…NOT flattering!

  1. This is amazing. I don’t have any words beyond that. I’ve always wanted to do a style photoshoot with iconic African-American women in their younger days (i.e. Maya Angelou, Dorothy Dandridge, etc.). I love love love these!

    1. Thank you, thank you! It was an AMAZING experience. If you ever want to pursue your styled shoot further, let me know 🙂

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