That’s right, chicas. Today we’ve got a really fun 1940’s inspired shoot with a dose of glam and tiny dollop of taxidermy. And for some reason, it completely has me rockin. Photography is by Brienne Michelle, Photography. Production, concept and styling is by Samantha Santana of Primary Petals (who rocked the florals, fashion, custom linens, and vintage rentals) and make up artist Christina Richardson of SCV Makeup. These gals really put together such a creative, stretch-your-creative-legs kind of concept and brought this shoot to life! Day of styling also included Emilee Sutherland, and Kathy LeBackes. The beautiful taxidermy is by Prey Taxidermy.
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Here’s a little more info from Samantha of Primary Petals, who created the concept and styled the shoot (as well as designed the flowers!):
The 1940s conjure mental images of mink fur and Hollywood glamour. The aesthetic motifs of this era provide some interesting design opportunities as they relate to the majesty of the animal world. SCV Makeup Artist and Primary Petals took this opportunity to collaborate and play with this relationship by placing a different spin on our archetypal conception of the 1940s. Instead of simply donning fur and lace, the concept of this shoot was to pose extreme glamorous beauty against phenomenons of the animal world. Hence the “beauty and the beast” idea was formed. Every feminine and floral element contains beastly objects, such as feathers or snake skin. The animals, although the supposed “beasts” of the shoot, reminisce instead of a calm Eden in the warm glowing window backdrops. The ambiance of domestic light along with elegant feathers, flowers, and china reflects the glamour of the 40s back onto the animals. The effect is the sort of wonderment familiar to a visit to the natural history museum. Allowing our scene to capture the transcendent wild in the comfort and elegance of a library is the fascinating craft of taxidermy, namely that of Prey Taxidermy Designs who donated all specimen for this shoot.
All the taxidermy was done by eco-friendly company, Prey Taxidermy.
Resources — Concept, design and styling by: Samantha Santana of Primary Petals and Christina Richardson of SCV Makeup. Taxidermy: Prey Taxidermy, Day of Styling Assistance: Emilee Sutherland, and Kathy LeBackes, Makeup: Christina Richardson, Photography: Brienne Michelle, Photography, Flowers, vintage vases, and custom linens: Primary Petals, Hair: Anna Quinn, Furniture Rentals, Veil: Tasteful Tatters, Dinnerware: The Vintage Table Co., Paper goods: The Pomegranate Basket, Cupcakes: Kaitlyn’s Kupcakes.