This Swan Lake fairytale photo session took place in Athens GA and is completely styled by Heather Larkin of Fairyography. 

This gorgeous girl is a competition dancer, and I knew I wanted to somehow use her love of dancing for her session. I carefully picked a white dress with feathers (it's actually called 'swan queen') and paired it with a set of short petticoats to give it a bit more fluff. The white feather wings were custom made by a theater prop master and were carefully positioned to not interfere with her dance moves. She could jump and flip and the wings would still be in and sturdy. Topping her little head is a tiny perfect silver princess crown. Too big and it would have overwhelmed her! A sheer cape with beads made to look like feathers and tiny white feather pointe shoes completes the beautiful but fully functional outfit. 

The location was chosen for the mini lake and tiny bridge you see in the photos. I also included feathers to toss in the sunset light. In the background are branches with LED lights on them made to look like fireflies as the evening sun sets. For the session, her mother brought along some music and a speaker from her phone so she could actually REALLY dance. One of the songs she played continues to be in my personal favorites playlist on my phone! 

Swan Queen
Swan Queen Dancing
Swan Queen Laying
Swan Queen Mask
Swan Queen Wings
Swan Queen Lake
Swan Queen Crown
Swan Queen Jumping
Swan Queen Feathers