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THE MAKING OF: SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Rowan Tree Photography

CREATING A FAMILY TRADITION

Our family's Halloween photos started unintentionally, when we were expecting our youngest child. I had a dream about how I'd soon have the entire Wizard of Oz cast to dress up and photograph. So in 2013, when that baby was 11 months old and our other kids were 3, 5 and 7, we shot our first Halloween photo. We've done one ever since, for 8 years now.

I develop the concept, order or make the costumes and props, scout locations, style the set, photograph the images, edit the composited final photo and sometimes create a "making of" video. My husband, Ryan, is also a big part of the success of these shoots. He helps with makeup, props, set modifications, kid-wrangling, lighting and all kinds of technical assistance. We both have college degrees in Theatre, so has been fun for us to use those skills and create some magical memories for our whole family.

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