Updated: May 15
This week I was finally able to photograph this mushroom-themed session. This shoot is something that I have been waiting for all winter so I could have the perfect location for it.
I envisioned a beautiful mushroom fae surrounded by lush green fir trees that were not covered in snow. When we arrived at our location there were two beautiful moose grazing beside the area that I initially wanted to shoot in so we had to go further into the woods, and thankfully we did because we found this stunning little section where the snow had just started to melt away leaving a bed of dried golden grass, dirt, and leaves behind.
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Creating this look for yourself
This look was so fun to create. The inspiration came after a random trip to Joann's Fabric and Crafts store. *Not sponsored*. They had these adorable little mushroom wreaths, picks, and elements for the 2021 spring season...I really hope Joann's offers them again because I want to get more! Check Amazon for realistic foam mushroom floral picks. There are several options available; just choose ones you love the most.
I brought everything home and dumped them out on my desk. I knew that I wanted to make some sort of headpiece out of them but I really wasn't sure what look I wanted. That is when I noticed the staff sitting in the corner that I used in a previous session and it all started to come together. I grabbed the staff and the supplies and got straight to work. I ripped off all the old elements, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and started gluing! I will show you how I created this staff in a future DIY post, so make sure you follow my Pinterest page to see when that becomes available. Alternatively, there are so many great limbs that fall out of trees that you can use. Just clean off and glue your mushroom pieces to them. I actually prefer this method as it is better for the environment as long as you pick the glue and non-natural elements back off before giving it back to nature. For the headpiece, I used a regular headband that you can find at any store. I picked a dark brown shade, knowing that I was going to be pairing this with natural elements and didn't want to paint or hide it. Before you begin I recommend that you get some metal combs and attach them to the headpiece because the weight of the elements used will keep it from sliding off the head. This can be done by simply wrapping the metal pieces with floral wire with the headband. Then, add a strip of hot glue to keep everything in place and help protect the hair from getting stuck in between the metal.
I had a previously used antler headpiece that I made for a children's session that I was never going to use again and ripped it apart as well. I painted it using this specific Deco Art gold paint. Don't pick the off-brand, as it isn't even close to a good look. This is the only paint that I have found that gives a really good bright realistic gold look. If you store this properly it will last a very long time. I think my bottle is going on 4 years old; it goes a very long way.
To attach these to the headband I used a very generous glob of glue from my glue gun and then held it in place while it set. Fair warning, you might be holding for a while. These antlers are heavy and the placement on the headband makes it harder to have the glue set without holding it. I have a very special technique that I developed to help make these extra secure and I will share that in a future post with a video. You don't have to do anything extra to secure these, but I do because I am really hard on my props and pieces, as you know if you've been a reader for a while.
The next step is to add the mushrooms, moss, and fir bits. This was the easiest step because the mushrooms from the store came with a little wire wrapped around the bottom of the stems. I repurposed this and curled it around to create a base where I could rest the metal directly on the headband and then glue them down. I recommend that you do a mock placement beforehand so you are not messing with hot glue while trying to change the mushroom positions. Once your mushrooms are all down, you can go in with the fir bits and moss and use those as filler. If you follow my blog you know how I created my fantasy ears. Check out the post here if you didn't have a chance to read it yet! Fantasy Elf Ears
The outfit was all from Amazon. I knew I wanted this earthy natural look and I had already bought this green cotton gown for another shoot so I knew it would look perfect for this as well. This is the exact dress I purchased and I use these all the time in various sessions. I have also bought these same dresses in white and then used Rit dye to make them into the exact color I want. For this session, I paired the dress up because I wanted to tell a story of a beautiful forest fae. Perhaps she explores the woods picking mushrooms along the way. This potion/belt combination and bag are a great way to add another element to your character to tell that store. BAG BELT & POTION
The last step to creating this Mushroom Fae character is to get yourself a good wig. There are so many color options available but I chose this deep burgundy wig. If you are like me, you are probably overwhelmed by the choices of wigs that are out there. Here is a direct link to the wig I purchased so hopefully that helps you narrow down and decide which one you love!
That's it! If you are starting in fantasy photography or just wanting to create some fantasy looks to cosplay yourself this is an excellent way to pick up some pieces without spending too much money. Model and Make-up: Corianne Creates