After putting about a year of thought into this session, I am absolutely thrilled with how my Cinderella dress up shoot in Roseville came together!
My sweet little model, who brought my vision to life is named Lily. She is extremely excited to get to wear Cinderella’s big fancy blue dress for our next photo shoot. We have plans of putting together a collection of all of our favorite princess dress up sessions, and I am ridiculously excited to get to embark on this project. If you are reading this and know that your child has a favorite princess or storybook character and you would like me to style a dress up session for them please feel free to reach out to me! You can email smile4mandi.com to book your dress up session.
I let Lily pick our first princess. When we settled on Cinderella, I wanted to make sure that I told Cinderella’s full story, starting with the scenes of the princess cleaning the floors covered in cinders wearing her brown dress. Lily wasn’t as excited about this dress, since it isn’t the pretty blue show stopper that her favorite princess is known for wearing. However, her disappointment did not last very long. Once she put it on and realized that she could spin around and watch her full skirt and petticoats twirl, she decided that this costume was fabulous! Once I brought out the bubbles, she decided that this was the best photo shoot ever.
I actually used my house in Roseville, CA for the backdrop of our dress up session. When I first had this idea for a Cinderella themed session, I started brain storming locations. I imagined Lily wearing the brown dress and scrubbing stone floors with bubbles floating in the background. I wanted it to look similar to the scene in the movie where she is cleaning the floors and singing “Sing Sweet Nightingale”. When I started to research locations in Sacramento for this shoot, the answer was simple. Our down stairs has stone floors and using the right angle, I thought they would work perfectly.
I ordered the Cinderella dress from Etsy last year, and unfortunately, I found that it was way too big and we would have to wait a while until Lily grew into the dress. Last month, we decided to move from Roseville to Citrus Heights, and I was left with a limited window of time to be able to use the stone floors for my shoot. About a week before we packed the moving truck up, I scheduled time with Lily, crossed my fingers that the dress would fit, and was so pleased to find that she grew just enough over the last year to make it work.
Keep a-busy Cinderelly!”