If anyone knows me, they know I am a gal who wears many hats… or, in this case, headdresses. I have recently expanded my artistic expression by wielding a glue-gun and crafting some headdresses to accompany different costumes.
It all started with a fun, personal project to photograph me as a goddess inspired by an awesome meeting with Tahoe photographer, Danielle Hankinson.
Though my entire “goddess project” will be a separate blog post (later… stay tuned!), here I’m mainly addressing the process: my ideas for my goddess headdress, showing some steps in my process, how I got this massive headdress out to the photo shoot site, and the final headdress photography.
Part 1: Planning & Purchasing
Since this was my first headdress, I first had to do some internet research on how to build a headdress, as well as sketch out ideas. Once I had an idea of how I would do it, I headed to Michael’s to buy elements (where I was overwhelmed with ideas).
Part 2: Assembly
When I returned from the store, I immediately tore through the bag and started creating my headdress.
Between gummed up failures and the swearing, I eventually was able to tweak things until they worked. I combined all of the elements for the final piece coming together to look almost how I planned it.
Part 3: Getting There
Danielle and I had scoped the location for the photo shoot, which is a bouldering area I frequent that just happens to be about 10 minutes of hiking through some rough terrain. I had a total of 3 costumes I had planned, so I had to figure out how to get all of my costumes, headdress included, out into the forest all in one piece. This is where I had to get extra crafty!
After some problem-solving, I was able to pack my headdress into my backpacking bear canister and pack all of the longer items into a duffel bag, all while carrying snacks and accessories in my backpacking pack. It was a lot, but I was able to get my entire wardrobe out there without wrinkles!
Part 4: Photos!
Thanks to the brilliant Danielle Hankinson, I was able to get some fun photos of my entire costume and headdress.
This entire process was so much fun for me because it required me to do so many things that I was scared of doing and/or didn’t feel experienced in doing. Since this photo shoot, I have made two other headdresses for other occasions and am having a blast.
A giant THANK YOU to Danielle Hankinson for her incredible guidance, wonderful eye, and for helping me capture what I was trying to get across. If you are looking to capture a family or high school photo shoot, I highly recommend contacting Danielle.
(Want to learn more about the Goddess Project and my other headdresses? Stay tuned and more will be revealed…)