A shot from the “Little Red Riding Hood” themed shoot (Twenty Something Studios)
Reading a fairytale to her daughter, Kaleigh Turner owner/photographer at Twenty Something Studios, noticed that all of the stories always end with the characters living happily ever after.
As a wedding photographer, Turner naturally began to wonder what the characters’ weddings would look like. That’s what inspired her to start coordinating fairytale-themed photoshoots. “I started out with Red Riding Hood, followed by Ariel, and my last one was Snow White,” explains Turner.
The idea behind the shoots is to create an ethereal re-creation of your childhood favorites. “I didn’t want to stick Snow White out there with seven dwarves and a blue and yellow dress like you see in the Disney version,” explains Turner. “I saw it darker and edgier than that, so we brought a lot of reds, blacks, and greys into the shoot.”
|Kaleigh Turner (Heather Nickole Photography)|
Turner says she works with a variety of other vendors to make these shoots possible. “Twenty Something Studios has an amazing team of vendors that make all of my ideas come to life,” she explains. “For example, for the Snow White shoot, Julie Schmidt at Cincy Event Planning styled, All Occasions Event Rental provided chairs, table settings, etc., hair was done by Olivia Oldiges from Salon Concepts, and dress was from Wendy’s Bridal. Brideface did makeup for both the Snow White and Ariel shoot. Makeup by Karina did Little Red Riding Hood.”
Turner has a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute and a background in fashion. So, she identifies with the editorial side of photography. “I love shooting weddings and making my brides feel like they could be in a magazine,” says Turner, also a wife and mom of two.
Turner has always been interested in photography, but what really lured her into the professional photography world was her own wedding day. “I got married to my best friend back in 2009 and I fell in love with the whole process: The planning that led up to the day, and when the day came, it was the most magical day a girl can ask for.” When she received her photos, the wonderful feeling of their special day was relived over and over again. So, through her photography she is now able to give that same gift to someone else.
For more information about Twenty Something Studio, visit their website at twentysomethingstudios.com, Turner’s blog at twentysomethingstudios.com/blog and on their Facebook page. Watch the webcast below for a sneak peek of Turner’s fairytale shoots.