When I asked my friend Danielle to pose for me, I did not have an exact idea of what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted something glamorous and classy. But it’s only when I saw this dress in Danielle’s closet that I had this idea of a shoot around the theme of the “Queen of Hollywood”. As an Edmonton photographer specializing in women portraits, it’s important for me to create imagery that tell real and honest stories.
Queen of Hollywood is a song by The Corrs, one of my favourite groups from the 90’s. The story of the song is a bit sad, but it’s a beautiful song.
I wanted the series to follow the lyrics of the song… it starts as a happy story, a woman who follows her dreams and wants to become the Queen of Hollywood. But soon, she starts losing her spark, and her life becomes sad. It’s the story of so many persons, who go after their dreams, but realize that their life can become completely different. It’s not easy to try to follow your dreams, sometimes you lose yourself while doing it. But the woman in the song never gives up, she believes that she’ll be the Queen of Hollywood.
The series start with bright and happy photos, but end with moody, dark and blurred pictures to emphasize the despair she is starting to feel.
I hope you will enjoy these images! And how gorgeous is my friend Danielle Lucier?
My favourite part of the song:
“Now her mother collects cut-outs
And the pictures make her smile
But if she saw behind the curtains
It could only make her cry
She’s got hand prints on her body
Sad moonbeams in her eyes
Not so innocent a child
She’s never gonna be like the one before
She read it in her stars that there’s something more
No matter what it takes, no matter how she breaks
She’ll be the queen of Hollywood”
All images are edited by me with Tribe Archipelago presets.