When I learned that they were making a new Beauty and the Beast film I started collecting all sorts of props, gowns and backdrops to make my own version of Beauty and the Beast. I wanted it to have so much character, I wanted little girls to feel empowered and enchanted. The look on their face after their hair and make up application was just the beginning of their excitement as they saw themselves transforming into Princess Belle.
Then they put on the gown. Their first instinct is to spin and watch the gown stretch to its capacity, twirling beneath them, as if they really ARE a princess. They pick up chip and take a sip of tea, while chatting with Lumiere and Mrs. Potts at the table. They visit the enchanted rose in the west wing and notice the mirror on the table. They ask if the mirror has special powers. "Pick it up and tell me what you see!" They turn and look at their reflection, "I see a Princess".
Just another vision of mine that I could not wait to bring to life. This is my 7 year old son, whom I had to bribe to let me paint his face. The process took about an hour then he got into costume and we started photographing. Of course it's not perfect on the first try so we played around with angles and the lighting. I am really excited with how it turned out and I can't wait to have it printed for the wall space in his bedroom!