Step right up! Welcome to the Dark Carnival! I love creating themes for my photoshoots. I've shot old 80's movie themes to over-the-top candy rainbow dolls.

When I am planning a shoot, location is so important. For this one, I wanted to find an old abandoned area with a forgotten look. I knew I wanted to shoot in the river with a throne and to find an old tunnel or bridge.

After hours of driving around, my husband and I found a stretch of country backroad with a graffiti-covered tunnel bridge, a creek, and old broken down fences and scenery.

I didn't want this to be a 'gory' shoot. I wanted it to be creepy but still beautiful. I worked with my sister, The Head Mistress, for the headpieces. I wanted them over the (big) top, obviously.

She made a crazy carousel headpiece, a marionette top hat with lights! And a faux hawk! I worked with a designer for the dresses and started shopping for accessories and props.

Makeup took 2 hours, we made TikTok's and took off. The shoot was about 3 hours. We shot until the sunset and then shot a little longer.

More info: Facebook | Instagram | taramapes.com

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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1 month ago

Okay, I've gone through the list. Wonderfully creepy (and awesome) at the same time. But the teeth are killing me. :)

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Chaela&RiceBear
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1 month ago

this one isn't was creepy but love the outfit :D

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Chaela&RiceBear
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1 month ago

everything about this photo is the BOMB

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Eva Schmutz
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2 weeks ago

I love the Hats and outfits

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Chaela&RiceBear
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1 month ago

those white chunky heels are gonna kill me...

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Chaela&RiceBear
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1 month ago

Yasss queen!

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Aiyanna Clements
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3 weeks ago

Imagine seeing that in the middle of the forest tho

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enby from hell
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3 weeks ago

the shoes. i need those shoes ASAP

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Eva Schmutz
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2 weeks ago

You did a great job with the hat

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Chaela&RiceBear
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1 month ago

I enjoyed these photos