One of my favourite types of portrait to photograph has got to be a debutante. For those of you city folk who are saying “Um, what exactly is a debutante?” let me explain…
A debutante ball (colloquially know as a deb ball), is a traditional event, celebrating the introduction or “debut” of the young woman (the debutante) to society.
These days, more commonly practiced in country locations like ours of Mount Gambier, it is much like a formal, although still with the bells of the ball donned in gorgeous white dresses. The night usually involves food, ballroom dancing and speeches. It is definitely a country tradition – I remember when I moved to Adelaide to boarding school, many of the day girls looking at me quite confused when I even dropped the words “deb ball”.
The debutante’s invite a male friend to partner them on the night and spend weeks and weeks learning ballroom dances to perform on the night. It’s a pretty rad time!
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Kelsea and her family along with her deb partner and his family. As you can see I went a little overboard with Kelsea’s portraits – how could I not?
The location was to die for, the light was a perfect dip in to the golden hour and well, what can I say about Kelsea, absolutely stunning! In some images she reminds me a little of Norah Jones!
The special icing on the cake, was that the location chosen by Kelsea’s mum, was at the home that she grew up in as a child. The old stables were absolutely stunning!
For details, please see the end of the post.
Photography: www.louagnew.com (durr) // Louise’s facebook page
Makeup: www.vanitymakeupbar.com // Vanity’s facebook page
Hair: www.rediviehairdressing.com // Red Ivie’s facebook page
Gown: www.sunsetbridal.com.au // Sunset Bridal’s facebook page