By Sharra Greene
So, if you stylistas know any high schoolers, I'm pretty sure you're aware that prom season is near Though I won't be attending any proms this year, (I didn't even go to my senior prom in high school, such a "rebel") I still wanted to let the idea and excitement of prom that many teens look forward to inspire me creatively.
After rummaging through several editorials and even some of my personal sketches, I realized that I didn't want this prom project to be about the cliche popular girl in school who is the highlight of the prom scene. Of course, we all appreciate the tons of stories that feature the posh social butterflies taking the crown at prom. But this time, I wanted to tell a different story. I wanted the too cool for school grunge girl who never cares enough to go to school related events and listens to metal and indie bands to show up for the heck of it, and WIN. Whether she was voted as a joke or not (a girl like her never cares), the punk princess decides to accept her crown and has the best night of her life.
Super talented Western High School senior, model Maris Harris reached out to me about collaborating on a project and I knew this concept would be perfect because if she could emote appropriately, it would really show her range as a model. She told me she had the perfect photographer as well! Kenny Clapp, owner of Clapp Studios. We all teamed up and decided that we wanted four transitions:
1) Prom Night- when the lowkey girl with a cool sense of style goes to Prom and wins Prom Queen.
2) Post Prom- the festivities with her punk friends as they behave unruly in sarcastic celebration.
3) The Morning After- when the hungover prom queen wakes up in a hotel room, reflecting on last night's adventure.
4) Back to Reality- When the grunge girl layers on anything, returning back to the alleys and abandoned buildings where she and her friends like to hang out.
Style wise, I really wanted to display the idea of being totally put together and frazzled all at once. I was going for a grunge glam vibe, incorporating styles seen in both punk fashion and in glamour editorials. So, I mixed things like lace and leather and light with dark. Here are some close ups (:
On set, the energy was magical! Model Maris completely got in touch with her inner grunge-girl as she posed fiercely, truly telling the story with each transition! Photographer Kenny Clapp captured the essence of each look with every frame. His professionalism, creative direction, and on the spot brilliant ideas helped us to have such a variety of great images to choose from. Makeup Artist Bria Robinson gave Maris a fantastic beat featuring plum lips and dark, smoked out eyes. I had such a great time working with this team! I'm so looking forward to the trends that come with the approaching prom season! Are you? (:
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! See the Night of a Punk Prom Queen unfold through the photos and bts material below! Images from this shoot can also be found in the Walking Art Gallery.
Photographer/ Creative Director: Kenny Clapp
Model: Maris Harris
Makeup Artist: Bria Robinson
Styling/Creative Direction by Me (See Contact Info Page)