If you have been a guest for a number of years, you know that we do an annual creative collection. Some years we even manage to squeeze in two. Inspiration for these shoots has ranged the zodiac, goddesses and even aliens. It is a fun way to stretch our creativity as a team and produce a visual collection out of the scope of our everyday work. This year we decided to take on a theme that we have been aspiring to do for years, fairy tales.
I have to admit though, it almost didn't happen. Melissa and I have been laser focused on so other aspects of our business lately that we wondered if the collections should remain a tradition. These collections are not a financial endeavor, and this is a business after all. Let me also add the energy required to plan wardrobe, coordinate the ever growing team, and book a photographer. There was a lot of back and forth, but eventually we set a date and decided that we would just eliminate some of the things that stressed us out.
We committed to shooting the collection ourselves. Over the past we have worked with some incredible photographers, so we were a bit intimidated, unsure of the quality of our final product, but I feel like we ended up with some beautiful images. This gave us a little more freedom when it came time to schedule with the models.
One of the greatest things about having a big team, in terms of this project, is that we were able to give the responsibility of one model to each stylist and still finish with a handful of characters. The year Scisters took on the Zodiac collection, it was still just Melissa and I. We did hair, makeup and wardrobe for 13 models! And that was just one of the two collections released that fall. We had quite a bit more freedom of time back then.
The four of us each selected a fairy tale character that inspired us, found a model to represent it, selected costuming, and assembled a team to help with the shoot. Of course, once Melissa and I saw the images of our first two models, we were so excited that we each wanted to do one more character. If you know us, this comes at no surprise. Isn’t it funny how much less stressful a project is when you enjoy it and your energy is high?
Selecting just one image was tough, so we went with our two favorites, totaling twelve images. I am so glad that we made some adjustments that made us more comfortable this year, instead of throwing in the towel. When I pass these framed images in that hall of the shop, I get all the feels. I am surprised by the strength of this team, proud of the members of my staff that are still blooming, for stepping out of their comfort zone. Mostly I feel super lit up by the female collaboration that went down. These girls are on fire!
I hope you enjoy the results of our 2017 creative collection.
And we all continued to create beauty happily ever after,