Photography Trip to Seattle – Part 3

Having created the Steampunk Geisha outfit nearly a year ago, it was finally time to get it photographed! Meilyn Saychow modeled as the Geisha Ghost, and her energy and spontaneity brought the ghost to life as you will see in the following behind-the-scenes photos!

We woke up earlier than I’ve been up in almost a decade, and Sam did Meilyn’s make-up. Sam comes very prepared and even does sketches of the makeup beforehand. I kept his preview make-up drawings because I liked them very much!

Sam's make-up sketch and applying Meilyn's make-up.
Sam’s make-up sketch and applying Meilyn’s make-up.

We then proceeded to the park, Bellevue Botanical Gardens, where we encountered 66 schoolchildren, all reacting very differently to seeing a horrifying ghost in the park. Some looked scared, others looked confused, one girl was more interested in what we were doing than what she was doing, and just stood there dangling her project haphazardly looking earnestly onward (“Science, blech! Give me monster fashion!” Quoth she.)

Catey dresses Meilyn.
Catey dresses Meilyn.

One little boy insisted Meilyn was “The Queen”, and I am guessing he thought she was Queen Amidala from Star Wars, since she had a similar look!

After fully getting into costume, at one point Meilyn ran up behind a man in the park talking on his phone and roared at him! It was awesome! SpoOoOky Ghost!

Meilyn attacks Tyson in the Park, which will give you an idea of how the man on the phone felt.
Meilyn attacks Tyson in the Park, which will give you an idea of how the man on the phone felt.

This shoot even had a giant wrench thrown in the works, twice, but we decided to overlook the problems that plagued us, and just wander around scaring garden visitors for the rest of the day!

The crew with widely varying things going on in their expressions.
The crew with widely varying things going on in their expressions.

The garden has a few asian features, and we photographed near each of them. Below you can see Sam taking a picture AND the picture he took, which isn’t something that you get to see all that often.

Sam taking a picture and the picture he took.
Sam taking a picture and the picture he took.

I hope you enjoyed going on this trip with us, and I will be adding more costume updates to the blog shortly to get ready for another round of shooting! Hope to see you then!


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