Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

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November 19, 2020

A great way to end my time here in Virginia was to be creative. When a local photographer posted that she wanted to do a Folklore Photoshoot, I could not help but respond rapidly. I was so excited that there was another Swiftie in the area. One that was in love with the newest album by Taylor Swift. This Folklore Inspired Photoshoot is one that is now my favorite styled shoot. It’s the time where I can get creative, and try some new editing styles! I am so excited to share my favorite images from this shoot!

Background on Folklore

There are many who have theories about this album and I have my own that I love to go with. It’s about Betty, who loves James, but James also loves this other girl. Or at least, cheated on Betty with this girl. It’s about Betty growing up and living her life after James dies. Betty buys a home along the water, that is now a summer home by Taylor Swift herself.

In this album, she talks about the stories of James, Betty, love, moving forward, and the history of it all. Maybe it’s made up, maybe it’s based on a real women named Betty. I do know that once again, Taylor created such an incredible album. She is smart on how she writes her music, adding easter eggs, and being imaginative. To me, that is a real artist. She is so well skilled at writing music and putting together stories like this. It blows me away.

The Planning

Klarissa, Suzanna, and I had been planning this session for months. First, we met up for breakfast to share and buy outfits, for dinner to finalize the timeline, and worked hard on putting this together. We used the album cover as inspiration and the pallets for the colors of the outfits. We used Levi, Steven Madden, Taylor Swift gear its-self, and bought cheap yet meaningful outfits for each part of Betty and Taylor we wanted to show. The titles were our inspiration, such as Mad Women, TLGAD (The Last Great American Dynasty), The Lakes, and more. Each of us had a vision, a goal we wanted, and with the help of each other, made this happen for all of us!

Jessica: Betty/Taylor

Patrick: James

HMU: Sara Ashlee Cannon (Makeup by SAC)

Cardigan and The Betty Dress

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

TLGAD

Only one photo will do this song justice. I just wish that someone would let me borrow their white dog to make it look more real.

Girl with key lime green dog on bed
Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Meet James

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot
Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Mad Women

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot
Folklore Inspired Photoshoot
Folklore Inspired Photoshoot
Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Betty and James

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Taylor Flash Back

I loved the idea of a white dress, blanket in a field, and an old guitar. Klarissa gave the idea of Mirrorball for this; saying she will change for anyone over anything. The first image of Jess does really look like Taylor Swift.

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Seven

It’s about when you were young, and how free you felt as a child. Personally, I will always be young at heart and will always say yes to dancing with the wind.

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot
Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Invisible String

Maybe a personal favorite, but I love this song. My husband and I met by fate. Looking back, there were so many times we were in the same room when we were in High School, on the same sports team, etc. Yet, we did not meet until the summer I graduated High School and he was finishing college the same year. It was the single thread of gold that tied me to you.

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot
Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Just from the album photos

We wanted to take some shots from the album its-self and create our own versions of the moment. Put these side by side with photos from the album, and would you be able to even spot the difference?

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

The Lakes

Perfectly enough, there was a lake down the path from the tall trees. The sun was setting at this point, but made for a beautiful glow for some color and black and white edits.

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

Folklore Inspired Photoshoot

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