By: Kate Tenenhouse
Photos : Lisa Mounteer Photography
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to play dress up. I would put on costume gowns, tiaras, the occasional pair of cat ears or butterfly wings and play make believe. Now, I’m an adult…and I still love it. So, when I was asked to tag a long for a vintage-style photo shoot with two of my best friends, the obvious response was, ‘How soon can we leave?’
I had never been a part of a photo shoot before. I mean, sure, I’ve taken the obligatory family portrait, but nothing like this. Lisa Mounteer had a clear vision in mind and some fantastic outfits and props to bring it to life. My one roommate, Claire, looked like a modern-day fairy princess in a wonderful green strapless dress; my other roommate, Maria, fit perfectly into an unbelievable vintage wedding dress. It was made for her in another life – I swear. I tried on a couple outfits, both vibrant and full of character – like me. The three of us got all dolled up. We helped each other with hair and make up, listened to music and chatted about procrastinating for our exams. Then it was time to actually take some photos.
I was surprised by how difficult it was to take direction at first. Lisa prompted me to move my chin up or down or in. She asked me to look and I questioned whether or not to move my eyes or my whole head. Her attention to detail, shadows and body language brought the photos to the next level. My friends and I weren’t pros by any means but Lisa made us look and feel like supermodels. We laughed as we each awkwardly tried to pose until Lisa would say, “Stop. Don’t move. That’s perfect.” And we got the shot. Many shots. I was amazed at how fantastic we all looked in each photograph. I knew we were all beautiful, of course, but these photos could have been on the cover of a magazine. And we had very little do with it. I think the credit should go entirely to Lisa. She made us comfortable. She made it easy. And most importantly, she made it fun. We all had a blast. And for a few short hours we forgot about school and all the work we had to do when we got home. For a little while, we were in character. We pretended to be different people in a different time. And Lisa captured those moments and made them into something beautiful.
I hope she asks us back again. So, I can keep playing dress up.