I believe that fairytales should be for everyone! Every size, every body type, every skin tone, hair type, and every disability for the simple reason, that representation really matters, and everyone should see themselves reflected back in the art they consume.
My goal is to bring this representation to the world of fantasy. By doing so, I can bring high end fantasy images to all my clients. I make every effort to have an inclusive wardrobe which can accommodate many body types!
Did you know, the average American woman is a size 14? How many size 14 women do you see represented in fantasy images? I personally, do not see enough. I think there are a lot of reasons for this. Let’s face it, a photo session can be very intimate and for many women, that intimacy can be intimidating.
Women reach out to me all the time with questions about posing, and what kind of costume options I have available for a curvier body. These questions reflect valid concerns about my capability to pose women, so they feel beautiful and empowered, and if I have a variety of costumes that make them feel the same. No one wants to find themselves with a few clothing options available to them.
Let’s face it; there aren’t a lot of clothing options out there for curvier women. So much of it is designed to hide our bodies, instead of flaunting the parts of ourselves we feel good about. Curvier clothing has limited styles and limited fabric options. Sometimes it feels as though the world revolves around size 2 women, and the rest of us (the majority of us) must settle for clothing options that aren’t really for us.
When I buy or make clothing, I do it in the largest size available. Clothing can always be modified to fit a smaller size, but it can’t easily be modified to fit a curvier woman.
For the rest of this blog post, I’m going to show how easily I modified this size 14 dress to fit a size 2 woman.
First, we used A clamps to clip the dress back. After we tried this, I realized that dress tape would probably work better given this fabric type. Next time, we can tape the back of the dress and possibly the sides to compensate for the extra fabric. All that matters is what the camera can see!
Once the image was done, I had to clean up the clips, her bra, and the loose fabric under her arm. I used a combination of the clone stamp and dodge and burn to achieve this. This whole process in Photoshop took me about 5 minutes.
Fairytales are for everyone! Thank you for reading this blog post!