The Zombie Engagement Shoot: Brandi + Derek

The bride-to-be, Brandi, used to babysit my children. So when she said she was engaged, I offered my services. I knew the shoot would be fun as soon as she said zombies, but I had no idea it would be this awesome.

The groom-to-be, Derek, worked seasonally at the local Fear Farm, Halloween corn maze and haunted houses. He had friends that were willing to participate to make this shoot pretty awesome with costumes and make-up. I knew this would be a large production so I enlisted the help of my friend Shaun. Best decision ever!

I had to talk them into a few more classic poses as their parent's weren't thrilled with the zombie idea. That evening, we had limited resources. The power was out at the vendors, so I had to use Photoshop to make the lights illuminate. I also sprinkled a few stars in the sky.

Our couple enters the haunted house, where the Derek protects Brandi from a madman. Is that a zombie in the doorway?

Trying to escape the zombies, Derek gets bitten!

In the cemetery, Brandy notices the bite on Derek's arm, but it is too late!
Death means cool blue tones!

Zombie Derek finds the perfect ring for his zombie bride on the hand of a conveniently hiding (and not very well) victim, under a church pew!

Sweet and creepy all in one shot. Love it!

This cute zombie couple shares a moment in an abandoned Spanish chapel.

They are dying to get married.

My youngest daughter is 3 and nerdy!

My youngest is the cutest little nerd I know, so I took her to the local library for a fun birthday photo session. The outfit was provided by my best friend Michele.

She wears these cowboy boots everywhere! 

I had originally purchased the dinosaur toy for an experimental shoot with my nephews, but Amelia fell in love.

At the ripe age of 3, she is already a die hard Doctor Who fan. I knit this 10-foot-long scarf for this shoot, so she and I kinda fight over who it really belongs to.

Phoenix Comicon 2014 was AWESOME!!!!

This year was my second time attending Phoenix Comicon, and my first time as an official volunteer photographer or Contog. I was able to attend all 4 days and I had a blast. Here are some of my favorites!

Ace Ventura

John Barrowman (Doctor Who and Torchwood) signing autographs

Random man enjoying a comic book in the exhibitor hall.

Doctor Who Cosplayers

Duct tape costume contest Wookiee. (Yes, I had to look that up to see if I was spelling it right)

Disturbing dark figure on the escalator.

Hipster Ariel

Iron Man / Tony Stark

Jayne and Kaylee from Firefly

Moon Mermaid, her friend the Kraken, and an unfortunate pirate.

Lego Build-Off contestant

Superman and Deadpool battle with lightsabers.

Mermaid lounging at the outdoor lagoon.

Ninjas resting in the lobby at the Hyatt.

Michael Blaney and his new card game.

Guests planning their day.

Samara, coming out of the TV (The Ring).

Joe Holt explaining what a Nerf-Herder really is.

Walking Dead, Michonne cosplay with her slave zombies.

I can't wait until next year! If you want to see more Comicon awesomeness, go to Phoenix Comicon Flickr. There you will find more of my photos, as well as those of my other Contog friends. 

Mommy So Pretty!

One of my favorite memories was of a time when my mother let my brother and I do her hair and make-up. It was a rare treat to play with colors and relay our creative abilities onto her willing canvas, a.k.a her face.
Children have so much love for their mothers and beam with pride whenever they share their drawings.  I came up with this concept a while ago and as it is Mother's Day weekend, I thought the timing would be perfect. I sent out a message on Facebook and invited all women with children ages 2-5 to come to my house for a special photo shoot. I informed them that they need not do their hair or make-up as that would be done for them before the photo. I carefully avoided telling them until they arrived that their own precious toddler would be their make-up artist and hair stylist. While reactions ranged from welcome to apprehensive, all the moms stayed and had a fun time watching their children make them so pretty. I have included the documentary photos as well as the portraits to this blog. 

Mr D. took a while warming up to playing with the make-up. But once he did, it was wonderful. He chose to put a tiara on his Mommy.

Since this little guy is the only boy in his family, he doesn't get too many opportunities to do fun make-up stuff with Mommy. This was a great bonding activity. Look at the focus on his face!

Miss M. focused much of her artistic attention to only one side of her Mommy's face. Still so pretty!

My friends were complaining that I wasn't getting a make-over, so I joined in the fun with my youngest daughter. She wanted to put make-up on herself almost as much as she wanted to do put it on me. I am pretty good at directing a shot, but I am so awkward in front of the camera. My sweet husband helped take my photo.

Some of the Mommies chose to reciprocate the love by putting make-up on their children. Note: There really is no way to pose a toddler, I just have to shoot and pray that I got a good shot. Sometimes toddlers give me the best poses like the one below. 

This poor Mommy was doubly decorated, as both her little girls participated in making her so pretty. The hair style is great too!

I made sure that the children wore large shirts so they didn't get any make-up on their clothes, and sheets on the Mommies for the same reason. Looks like the sheet was slipping in this shot. 

The stylish Mommy is wearing green eyeshadow on her forehead and blue mascara this season. At least that is what Miss H. had in mind for her favoritest Mommy ever. 

Miss A. believes that it is all about vertical line patterns. One must also apply every shade in the lipstick pallet directly to the cheeks

I am so grateful for the wonderful participants for this project. It was so much fun!
If you liked this entry, go check out Adults eating like Babies!