Shayla's Birthday Shoot of April 18, 2021
My daughter/assistant, Shayla, turned 16 this year and to celebrate I gave her a free shoot where she could feel like a queen. Me and my wife, Keisha, had rented a throne and set up a candy kingdom situation that we felt complemented Shayla's personality. Keisha was actually the one to provide most of the props. She had bought the candy, helped me blow up some of the balloons, and had brought the cupcakes from Sam's Club. Shayla was so excited and surprised by the set up, making all the trouble we went through worth it. She even spent most of her free time on the throne watching videos on her phone.
She decided to wear three different outfits for the shoot. Her first outfit was just what she was wearing but with a skirt. She was having so much fun and really loved the set.
Next, she changed into her business shirt. She thought it'd be fitting if The Little Tea Queen (her business) was sitting on a throne. In one shot I decided to try editing four of her into one picture. It was tedious but nonetheless a fun experiment.
Finally she changed into her last outfit which was a pink gown. She actually got that dress for the JROTC military ball but wanted to wear it for the shoot. This was her first time putting on the whole outfit so the shoot ended up being a great way to see if her outfit would work at the ball. Once she had the dress on she got even more excited to sit on her throne. It was really awesome to see that kid all dressed up and happy.