It’s that time of year again, Halloween! Some of you may be like me, scouring the internet months prior to find inspiration for that perfect costume, while others may be like my husband and wait until literally the last-minute to throw an outfit together. Whoever you may be I hope you enjoy the fun spirit of Halloween and enjoy a night of frolicking and fun.
Inspired by my love for costumes and dressing up, I had an itch to share a fun and easy costume with all of you. This year is the Sun and Moon! One of the best parts about being in a creative field is working with other talented creatives and oh man, am I lucky to be surrounded by some inspirational woman to create with! When I approached each of them about the idea they didn’t hesitate to be apart of it.
This pin from Pinterest originally caught my eye and got the creative juices flowing for this collaboration. It was fun to see how this idea twist and turned (a few times) before becoming what it is today. The costumes have an edgy 70’s flair to them and the metallic colors are just down right fun, perfect for this years Halloween costume. It also happened, coincidently, that we photographed the same day as the super moon, it was fate right?
Sun and Moon costume inspiration
Over the course of the next few days, I’ll be sharing with you not only how to recreate (its super easy) these costumes, but also the wonderful ladies behind the look. First up I’d like to introduce Kim Bottalico from Kinosi Photography who captured all of our fun out on the tree farm. I met Kim a few years ago – our friendship started out as wedding buddies and has since blossomed. Kim’s genuine kindness puts those in front of her lens at ease and I’ve enjoyed seeing her photography grow leaps and bounds – developing her own unique style along the way.
Enjoy her photography story.
Describe the style for the Sun & Moon photo shoot
For this shoot, I wanted to capture the metallics of the makeup and the creative use of headpieces and outfits in the best way possible – all while paying attention to the wildery backdrop we shot in. The style was loose and free-flowing and most importantly, FUN!
Describe the photo shoot location
The location for the shoot was ‘in the wilderness’ and we took to a diverse location with various backgrounds. From the dark branches and nest-like structure to the Spanish moss trees, the backdrop gave us that spooky appeal perfect for Halloween time.
What specific details stood out to you?
The pops of green from the backdrop worked well with the metallics happening in the styling and the makeup. The overcast skies and moody clouds gave us a unique backdrop to work with as well – less drastic shadowing and more of a glow.
Who or what inspires your work?
Wow…so many. I love Elizabeth Messina for her natural, luminous portraits and wedding photography. Any National Geographic photographer (superheroes!). I am really influenced and inspired by journalistic / lifestyle, street photography. In the past year I took an online class taught by Molly Flanagan, a storytelling photographer out of South Carolina – I admire the work she is doing and the genuine nature of her photography – she seeks to document the family in their homes telling the story of a day in the life of…so I find her approach inspiring too.
Favorite Halloween costume?
Probably when my two other friends and I were renewable energy sources – solar, wind and hydro…nerdy kids always have the best Halloween costumes, right? OR when I was a fortune teller.
About Kinosi Photography
Kim specializes in portraits, family, wedding and lifestyle photography. She particularly loves taking portraits and capturing subjects in their most honest, happy way. Kim photographs families, children, newborns, etc. in authentic settings utilizing natural light. With an organic approach to sessions, she strives to create images that capture personalities in an honest and realistic way. Her goal is to photograph clients in their most natural state – all while having fun.
Make sure to check out her website and follow her photography journey on Instagram:
Up next in the series:
Part two >> Hair and Makeup
Part three>> DIY Sun & Moon Headpieces
Part four >> Create the Look