Last fall, I made a little money writing for the newspaper so I did what any other sane mother would do. I blew it all on a photoshoot where my daughter got to pose with a unicorn.
That’s right, a unicorn.
Who needs groceries, anyway?
I instantly fell in love with her portfolio. She dresses up her horse as a unicorn with pink flowers and frills and captures the precious moments of children interacting with a unicorn in the wild, rural countryside.
All with good lighting. I was hooked.
I pored through Amanda’s work and promptly went super-stalker by DMing her straight away, saying something like “Hey, you don’t know me, but I want to book a session and OH YEAH can you find out where your previous client bought her daughters’ dresses?!?” [Pictured left.]
Being the cool lady that she is, Amanda quickly obliged. (They were at Kohl’s). Then I went out and bought the exact.same.dress for my two-year-old daughter. #sorrynotsorry.
In typical crazy mom fashion though, about two days before the photoshoot, I decided to ditch the already purchased stalker dress and instead use my daughter’s fairy costume from Halloween.
And, oh. my. god. Best decision ever:
This all went down when Wyatt, born in December 2015, was about 2 months old. It took several weeks for me to be able to break free from his tiny baby clutches since the photoshoot coincided with prime-nursing time (bedtime) to get the best light just before sunset. Plus, the rural Creston location was about 30 minutes from our house in Paso Robles.
When photoshoot day finally arrived – Clara had caught a cold a few days prior. Figures, right???? And she was feeling prettyyyyy miserable.
But … unicorns.
So I threw on her dress, cranked up the car heater, and said, “Cold bugs be damned!!” Somehow I also convinced Bowen to pacify one extremely upset infant for two whole hours (hell hath no fury like a baby denied the bedtime boob) ’till we got back.
I was a mom on a mission.
And it was so worth it.
Well, for us anyway. Not sure about the hubs with the crying baby.
But Serenity the Unicorn is flat-out majestic.
She had a beautiful pink floral halter and a big white horn and a flowing mane. Plus she was super sweet and calm.
Amanda the photographer has a colleague during each shoot who holds the reins on Serenity the entire time and then Photoshops her out of the final shots so no one can tell. I thought this added safety feature was so cool that I asked Amanda to take this behind-the-scenes-pic for me:
The pair also carve out some time for a ‘meet and greet’ with Serenity at the beginning of the photoshoot so your kiddo can get acquainted with the horse in all her very large animal glory. This setup was really nice because horses are massive creatures compared to tiny humans. Having a few precautions in place made the entire process seamless, and sets it up for some amazing UNICORN HUG shots like this:
Clara really liked the whole experience. Well, duh, you say. Because magic! And unicorns! I may have liked it more, though – lol.
But Clara specifically liked touching Serenity’s hair and she giggled when Serenity nudged up against her. Then they hugged. And I died of magical-fairy-swoon-ness. Naturally, I had to sneak in some shots with me at the end.
And now you guys have a chance to get in on the magic, too. Amanda was out of town until recently, and now she’s back through April 8, 2017*! Her unicorn photoshoots will take place in the wildflowers off Shell Creek Road in North County. Clients have a choice of several morning timeslots at the cost of $200 each. It’s an amazing deal: the package includes at least 20 edited images posted to an online gallery for download. To book a shoot, message Sunset Hooves Photography on Facebook.
*2023 UPDATE: Sunset Hooves Photography is still offering these photoshoots. Amanda charges more now, offers additional features, and has a website: www.sunsethoovesphotography.com.
Meanwhile, if you need me, I’ll be deciding whether hanging ALL 20 PHOTOS in our house is weird.
I’m … thinking not.
Disclosure: I wasn’t compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. I just really like her work! All photos in this post are by Sunset Hooves Photography, except for my Instagram post marked below.
In black and white:
[Sunset Hooves Photography.]