As my third shoot in the Disney series, I wanted Pocahontas to be quite detailed, I had arranged for my cousin Jo to gather me some Pheasant feathers as I knew I wanted the shoot to be all natural. I went to top shop in oxford circus and found a necklace I wanted to use for the shoot but it was too new looking, I wanted something that looked like it had been made, this is the original piece
I love the ‘Pegs’ and the gold detailing, it does remind me of Pocahontas, but as you can see it is very modern, I wanted mine to look as if she could have made it. I wanted the same necklace, just messy, this necklace cost about £50, and I didn’t want to get it then try and figure out how to ruin it, so I thought I would try and make it myself. It ended up costing me about £7.50 and don’t worry top shop, it’s not for resale! Thanks for the inspiration.
I bought my Fimo (hobby clay) and rolled out a sheet, cut my pegs out, I then repeated one size smaller and then rolled the beads down the length to create a pattern. Doing the same on rectangular sheets so I could create more of the original beads
I fired my pieces once I was happy with them. I used a bronzing powder which I mixed with gold spray paint and rubbed into the patterned pieces, I wanted there to be a bit of grit and look worn, It worked really well, (on the oogie boogie stick I used ground coffee, works just as well)
I borrowed the skull from my mad Aunt, her house is full of the weird and wonderful. She is sort of a high quality hoarder!
I loved the fur and thought it was very earthy, I collected orange and red leaves and then pinned a faux fur fabric to my back board in an arch shape. I threaded the small feathers in the curve of the fabric so I could fan out the larger ones underneath. I then set out the dress how I wanted it roughly, when the time came to dress the model I bought an extra-large pair of nude tights, put her in one of the legs, and pinned the other leg over the front of her shoulder to hold it up. I then pinned and tied the dress to the tights.
I did all this the evening before the shoot and left the studio at about 12.30….zzz
My oogie boogie stick – otherwise known as Yei Rattle was made by decorating a stick with coffee smothered bells, ribbon, twine and different beads, I also had a blue thumb ring that was too big for Annabelle so I added it to this as I liked the colour so much.
I had brought lots of leather strips, beads and bells which I wanted threaded through the hair, I spoke to Natasha (my all-time favourite hairdresser and L’Oreal educator) I wanted big and beautiful with lots of texture and some colour, I had seen Natasha do a look on a show piece and fell in love with it. The texture on the crimped hair and the backwards braids looked beautiful! I sent Natasha a couple of drawings so she had an idea of what I was after. This is what I sent over to Natasha, just a general idea.
Natasha did the centre backwards braids and separated the hair into two bunches. Michelle Burke (Pearson and Clark) braided the small beaded braids with me, we threaded leathers and all sorts through Annabelle’s hair, I even put hair wax over a feather and wrapped her hair around it. Annabelle’s hair is amazing; it’s so long and dark, perfect for this shoot. Natasha then brushed through the crimped sections and worked her magic making beautiful textured braids. Once we had laid Annabelle down to arrange her hair and outfit, Natasha fingered blue hair chalk on the highlights of the braids, I loved this, it looked so so beautiful.
This is a little video that fly’s over Annabelle so you can see some of the details. I am really happy with this shoot, I have had a lot of comments saying they recognize that it is Pocahontas, even children have realized. The only Disney ‘link’ is the arm tattoo this helps considerably as my Pocahontas is much darker than the original.
Model – Annabelle Janes
Hair – Natasha Pearson
Assisting Hair – Michelle Burke
Dress, Set, Makeup and Props – Becky Long
Photography – Becky Long
Assisting – Becky Faccini