"Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?" Ariel said it the best. Dreams are something that every child has, and we are all about making dreams a reality at Capes and Crowns.
When G told us that she wanted to be a mermaid, our whole team went to work on planning the perfect session for this sweet girl. G suffers from a condition called Alopecia Universalis. It is a condition that causes complete hair loss on the scalp and body. Because doctors do not know for certain what causes it, there is no treatment for AU.
When we initially got in touch with G's mother, she told us that G wanted to include her baby cousin, K. How sweet! We love involving the whole family in these sessions as it is so important to really give everyone an escape from their day to day lives.
When we got to the park where we heard there was going to be a mermaid sighting, Kylie got to work on G's makeup. I bet you all didn't know that Kylie is not only the founder and a photographer, but she's a pretty great makeup artist, too!
Kylie added perfect mermaid touches to help G realize that she really has been a mermaid for her whole life, she just didn't know it!
As we were getting ready, G's cousins K and C were running around and playing. It was a park, afterall! But like any toddler, they found the most joy in the pop up changing tent that we brought along with us.
Once we finally managed to wrestle K into her mermaid costume to match her cousin, G (if you have an almost two year old, you know that I literally mean "wrestle") we were off to the beach!
When we got to the water, Kylie immediately got to work positioning G and really helping her hone in her "Ariel" that was within. And once that camera came out, G really WAS a mermaid!
As the evening went on, we were able to convince K to sit with her cousin for at least a few photos. I am thoroughly convinced that whoever made DSLR cameras able to have 1/4000th of a second shutter speed, they had a toddler.
The sun began to slowly dip behind the mountains and we were wrapping things up, when we saw something else. Our beautiful mermaid had emerged from the water and was now resting on the dock!
At the end of the night, G had a huge smile on her face and she could not stop talking about becoming a mermaid. This is what our team lives for, and to make G so confident in herself and be able to give her a little bit of time all about her to help her embrace how gorgeous she is, that's something that cannot be put into words.
Thank you so much to G, K, and their families who came out for this session. We had such a great time with all of you!
Photography: Kylie and Halsey