Black Swan Styled Shoot

Happy October, and happy Halloween!

  • Coordinators & Photographers: Julia Ponce & Paige Wilken *All photos here by Paige Wilken. 

  • Hair & MUA: Mikaella Glaros

  • Floral: Cathy Chatham Wedding Flowers

  • Model: Isabelle Ngo

I am in love with everything that October has to offer- from cooler weather, the sound of leaves underneath combat boots, the way the sun surrenders to the moon before 7pm, all black everything, and listening to songs such as "Thriller" and "Don't Fear the Reaper" over and over again. I've always wanted to do a darker styled shoot, so when Julia came to me with this, we went all out. I love photographing weddings and happy couples, but every once in awhile, it does the soul good to work on something purely for creative reasons. A huge thank you to everyone involved, without you, our visions wouldn't have come to life so perfectly! 

Ive included some of my favorite quotes throughout this post, because they go with the theme and because I want to share my love of literature with ya'll of course. 

 

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She was a walking contradiction, of humility and boasts. Reality braided with fiction, made of sunshine and ghosts.
— Shakieb Orgunwall
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There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion
— Unknown, used in Edgar Allen Poe's writing
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Everything is more beautiful because we are all doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
— The Iliad
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She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
— Unknown
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And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
— Unknown
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Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
— Sarah Williams
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Chaos, leave me never. Keep my wild and keep me free so that my brokenness will be, the only beauty the world will see.
— r.m. drake
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October is about trees revealing colors they’ve hidden all year. People have an October as well.
— Jim Storm
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