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Parachute Dress

The History – Parachute

There is a current trend in the photography industry to photograph high school seniors and fashion models in a parachute dress. A parachute dress is just that: a parachute, styled as a dress. Parachute material is strong nylon with Kevlar, light weight and comes in a variety of colors. The predominant available color is green. Parachutes are round, elliptical, rectangular, small, and large. They have quite a unique history dating back to the Renaissance period and Leonardo da Vinci (you can read about it on Wiki).

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The Backstory – How We Came to Possess a Parachute Dress

While my dear friend, Christine of Christine Hamrick Photography, visited last month, we stopped by my friend Sal Cincotta‘s studio to say “hi” and give Christine a glimpse of his organization. He graciously gave us a personal tour, spoke with us about that day’s photo session, and demonstrated some new products. Sal asked us about our day’s activities so we naturally told him about our scheduled photo session. We excitedly disclosed location, outfits, model, and themes. The conversation turned toward a parachute dress. And from this point on, the discussion is kind of a blur other than Sal sent his assistant to retrieve a parachute dress. The next thing I know, I’m leaving with the coveted parachute dress and instructions to “make something epic.”

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The Location – Finding the Perfect Site

Christine and I had previously chosen Forest Park as our shoot location for the photo session. We would have our choice of structures, foliage, and open spaces for backdrops. Finding the perfect spot to capture an epic image of our model, Caitlin Alanna, in the parachute dress would prove to be challenging. Here are the test images of different locations and angles. Some were simply mediocre. Others locations showed promise but didn’t work out the way I imagined it in my mind. The most challenging aspect of capturing Caitlin in the parachute was wind speed. We prayed she wouldn’t get carried away.

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THE Shot – Epic!

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If you would like to book your own session or meet to talk about a session, please call Susan at 314-282-5632, email her at susan@susanwillisphotography.com, or click on the “CONTACT” link on the menu bar.

Susan Willis Photography is an on-location natural light photographer specializing in high school senior, contemporary glamour, and modern fitness portrait photography. Based in Murphysboro, Susan Willis Photography travels throughout southern Illinois, St. Louis, MO, and surrounding areas to capture the uniqueness of YOU! Susan also does destination sessions in Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Tampa, FL; Tuscon, AZ and beyond.

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