This Grecian inspired styled session is a personal project I have been working on for quite some time. The themes and details found in this session are the result of my fascination with Greek mythology, as well as a love of simple, natural design. I decided to take two stories from Aphrodite’s life, the goddess of love and beauty, and incorporate them into this inspiration shoot.
The first story we incorporated was the the goddess’ birth. Aphrodite was said to have been born out of the foam and waves of the sea, emerging as a beautiful and fully grown woman.
The second story we incorporated was “The Judgement of Paris.” All of the gods and goddesses were invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, all except Eris, the goddess of discord. In anger, Eris inscribed the words “to the fairest one” onto a golden apple and threw it among the goddesses in attendance. Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena all claimed to be the fairest, and thus the rightful owner of the apple. The three goddesses appeared before Zeus and demanded to know who was the fairest. Not wanting to show favor to anyone, Zeus put the choice into the hands of Paris. Hera offered great military control if she chose him, while Athena offered wisdom and fame. Aphrodite however, offered Paris the most beautiful woman in all the world. Her bribe was accepted, and she was awarded the golden apple.
The final portion of this shoot features a Grecian inspired table setting. I was thrilled to collaborate with the very talented Ashley Hoth of Delivered By Hand , who supplied the most beautiful hand-illustrated invitation and wedding stationary set. She was able to take my simple idea and create a breathtaking collection. I highly encourage you to look at her designs…she has a gift!
I also want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank my beautiful model, Megan. She did a marvelous job portraying the emotions I wanted to capture. She played the part perfectly, which probably has something to do with the fact that she is absolutely beautiful.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Caitlin Sheffer Photography
CUSTOM DESIGNS: Ashley Hoth, Delivered by Hand
FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS & CAKE: Caitlin Sheffer
TABLE SETTING: Ashley Mansfield
MODEL: Megan McCue
APPAREL: Forever 21 & Target