Snow White | Conceptual Children’s Photography

Snow White | Conceptual Children’s Photography

I’ve been doing a series of fairy tale photographs of children. These conceptual portraits are tremendous fun to do, though they require a lot of prep work. My office is starting to look a bit like a costume shop with a princess dress over here and a witch overdress over there and I have a white brocade jacket for a prince on the way. Each fairy tale portrait shoot requires costumes, location scouting, sometimes a sheep.

After I finished up a little shepherdess conceptual portrait shoot with an adorable 4-year-old girl and some sheep I asked my own child what fairy tale SHE would like to be. “Snow White,” she said. I cringed. Not only does Snow White have a pretty specific dress the story is especially problematic from a feminist perspective. Killed over beauty, and killed using traditional implements of femininity: a comb, a tightly laced dress, food. And not just any food but food just drenched in a sauce of Biblical imagery. But, OK, if she wants a Snow White portrait I’m not going to give the 6-year-old girl a seminar on literary critique. I’m just going to track down a Snow White dress.

Alas, the Snow White dresses available for purchase are either made out of incredibly cheap fabrics or too expensive. Any cheap, shiny acetate or tulle dress just won’t get the feel of “this is a real dress, on a real girl, who just happens to be Snow White” that the final image needs. So making it it was.

Setting up a concept portrait shoot involves a lot of preparation time.  This snow white concept portrait by West Hartford photographer Stacie Turner started with thrift store finds.Now, I used to work in both wardrobe and costume in a couple of professional theaters but I’m no cutter/draper. I decided to see if I could get lucky on the thrift store circuit. And I did. At The Clothes Horse, a thrift store run by the Junior League of Hartford, I found a blue pantsuit with a bodice top and a yellow linen shift dress. Done.

Connecticut children's photography includes conceptual portraits by West Hartford photographer Stacie Turner.She looks thrilled, doesn’t she. I washed both pieces several times because children’s clothing really needs to be washable. I took the top in and added the skirt. Fitting the dress was her least favorite part of the whole experience though she has since worn the finished dress out to lunch so I think she decided the hassle of having a dress made was worth it.

Connecticut children's photographer Stacie Turner offers conceptual portrait shoots in addition to modern custom portraiture.I finally added some red bias tape to add the hint of red that Snow White’s dress traditionally has, as I was NOT inserting slash and puff sleeves. We used a chemise as an underdress and the whole outfit was ready to go. We headed over to a local park and after trying some “Snow White mid-fall after the fateful bite of the apple” I convinced her to lie down on some moss under a tree for what turned out to be “the” shot.

Outtakes from a children's portrait shoot in Connecticut

connecticut children's photography can include conceptual children's portraits as well as beautiful moden portraiture

8 Comments

  1. Julie B · September 13, 2012

    I just love these, Stacie, and she is such a good sport!

  2. Susan Harrington · September 13, 2012

    I love the feel of this. The preparation and thought you put into your work is admirable – the work of a true artist. I’ve always been a sucker for moody, darker children’s portraiture and this, Stacie, is a stellar example.

  3. reena · September 13, 2012

    Stacie, I love this…and yes that last shot is fantastic! I enjoyed how you took us through the whole process of setting this up (I am so impressed that you can put a costume together like that)!

    Certainly worth the effort, the images are just beautiful.

  4. Lindsay Faber · September 13, 2012

    I love this post. These fairy tale concepts are so fabulous and this one is no exception. So magical!

  5. Kori · September 13, 2012

    I love these. Love the concept and love that final image!

  6. Stacie · September 13, 2012

    Thank you Kori!

  7. Jennifer B · September 14, 2012

    I loved following the story and that final image is so magical! Beautiful work!

  8. Becky · September 16, 2012

    This is awesome. LOve it! The final image is perfect!


Stacie Turner is an award winning fine art and children's photographer in West Hartford,
Connecticut. Her portraits of children capture not just who your child is but who she dreams
of being. Her children's portrait photography is elegant, simple and beautiful and is
designed to last a lifetime. Her work has been shown in galleries across the country; why
settle for the average photographer down the street when you can work with an artist to capture
pictures you will treasure for a lifetime?

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