The Snow Queen | Maine Portrait Photographer

I grew up a fan of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. I've always been intrigued by the mystery of her. So, as soon as the weather turned cold last fall, I began assembling an inspiration board for a shoot. Taylor, a former bride of mine, posted an Ice Queen shoot a couple of weeks ago, so I reached out. She also does hair and makeup, so I was interested in how we could work together to make our wintry look completely different. I found an online tutorial on creating "frozen" eyelids and lashes and sent it to Taylor. She was just as excited as I was about the entire process. I was also styling the shoot, so I went out with something in mind... Feminine, but with a touch of outdoor wildness. I kept saying, "the Snow Queen wouldn't wear glittery clothes. She'd probably skin an animal for its fur," so I was excited when I found a faux fur vest.

Aly was one of my class of 2013 senior reps. I knew she'd be perfect for the shoot because of her pale blue eyes and gorgeous features. She signed on to do it without knowing what we had in store for her. Lucky for us, she was up for anything and equally excited! I love this shoot because so much of it came together last minute. While waiting for Aly to arrive, I told Taylor I would find some twigs just in case. I came back with a few curvy ones, a few spiky ones, and some dried-up flowers. Taylor placed them throughout Aly's hair; the shoot couldn't have existed without them!

Here are some of my favorites from our shoot, including a few with my dog Tasha! Thank you, Taylor and Aly!!!

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