Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Debutant

Christine and her dance instructor were circling the ballroom dance floor and the lighting technicians were positioning the spotlights when I walked in. Dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, Christine patted herself dry and sipped on a bottle of water. On our way back to her hotel room, we talked about her morning and the sudden case of nerves she was experiencing. It wasn’t until I saw her costumes—four decadently designed pieces of lycra, spandex, and crystals—when I understood what an event this was going to be.

I was commissioned to shoot Christine’s Debutant Ball after shooting her sister’s wedding a few months ago, but I suppose I didn’t fully understand what a production these types of parties are. Christine donned a heavily beaded wedding dress and crown for her grand entrance and danced a cotillion with her 14-member court. The 200 on-lookers loudly applauded and Christine brilliantly smiled. Once dinner was complete, Christine quickly changed into her costumes and performed each ballroom combination number flawlessly. Her mother presented her with a bouquet of flowers and the DJ announced a special surprise…a surprise that awaited her on the other side of the heavy wooden ballroom doors…

Christine and her court ran outside and discovered a brand-new car resting outside, complete with a large, red bow.

The event was beautiful, the dancing was fabulous, but seeing Christine’s face light up was priceless.

Here are a few from yesterday…
Christine's crown

The dance shoes

Christine getting her makeup done

Finishing touches

The stunning birthday cake

Christine and her court, just before performing the cotillion


Blogger justin.lyon said...

that is sooooo insane. i love the crown and cake shots. what a crazy event that must have been. must have been something else to witness it, to have actually been there and taken part!!! beautiful work once again!!!

2:31 AM  
Blogger Shane said...

The shot of those dance shoes is wonderful! I love the lighting.

5:02 PM  

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