Showcase | The Crane Wife

If you have been a Reverie reader for awhile, you may remember Sarah Vasquez of Hope and Memory Photography based in the Seattle WA area. Us photographers are more visual creatures, so here are two of Sarah’s past showcases: Vintage Rainbow Brite | Elizabethan Showcase

BTW, I urge you to go to Sarah’s Blog here to visit her original blog post about this story . . .  there you can see a video of the song that inspired it all, as well as more images (that are displayed much better than I was able to here).

Here, in Sarah’s own words, are the details behind this concept:

“First, you need to know that this concept was inspired by one of my favorite bands, The Decemberists. They released an album in 2006 titled “THE CRANE WIFE”. There are three songs on this album (Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3) that tell a story that has captured my imagination for quite some time now. I’ve included a video of this below; please watch it to get the full effect.

This was a personal project that was very special to me. I knew going into it that I was going to have to take my time with every last detail since I also knew that I wanted these on my walls. I could not find a wardrobe that fit my vision for this shoot and I did what I often do and decided to just make something. Unfortunately, I do not have the best sewing technique and tend to learn things like that on the fly so I ENLISTED THE HELP OF A FRIEND THAT IS A VERY TALENTED COSTUME SEAMSTRESS AND KNITTER to help me construct the bones of the dress. My vision for this shoot was sculpted by THE DECEMBERISTS style of music, especially on their Crane Wife album, which has a whimsical western flare to it (in my ever so humble opinion, anyway); the dress had to reflect that. I started with a “western” prairie girl-esque dress pattern from Simplicity (kind of like THIS WESTERN STYLE GIRLS COSTUME but I can’t remember now if it was actually this pattern) and mixed and matched the pieces in there until we got the look I wanted with a stark white sateen-like material. I then picked different elements, all in grey, white, and black, to embellish it and give it an avian feel. This included a white with black piping ruffle fabric, sheer white frienge, lots of lace, and some grey organza to add a Victorian sash (kind of like tail feathers). To put it simply, the finished product is, despite my shoddy costuming abilities, stunning!”


Swoon. Nothing like a beautiful + creative concept shoot. Well done, Sarah!

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Until next time,

- Skye, xoxo


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Images © Hope & Memory Photography
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  1. Rachelle says:

    Stunning! I love how the inspiration panned out! The red scarf looked like a bird in one of the shots, and I enjoyed seeing the variety of angles the scene is captured from.

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