New Project: Crowns

Hello! I hope you all have been well.

I have been busy lately working on my latest project: Crowns!

This project came about from a couple of sources of inspiration. One being art history and how halos are depicted as either solid circles or radiating poles of light. The second source of inspiration was the MET Gala this year. The theme for the MET Gala 2018 was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" and celebrities really took the theme to heart. The outfits were beautiful but what really inspired me were the halo inspired crowns that they were wearing. Here are a few examples:

Aren't the crowns just so neat? 

I knew I wanted to try my hand at making a few for photoshoots. I found this youtube tutorial especially helpful for getting started. I bought some supplies at the dollar store and got started!

The first crown I wanted to make was the spiked halo. For this I bought some thin headbands and bamboo skewers used for cooking. I simply attached the skewers to the headband with hot glue, shortening them ever so slightly to create that rounded halo shape. It helps a lot if you do this on a styrofoam head so you'll have an idea of what the crown will look like stretched out on your own head! Here are some progress pictures of the spiked crown:
The very beginning stages
 Finished all the spikes!
Spray painted gold!

I still want to add rhinestones and flowers to the halo crown so it's still a WIP but I'm really happy with how it looks so far!

My second crown was inspired by this youtube tutorial. The only real thing I followed from this tutorial was using a wider headband and a foam support structure. I kinda went my own direction with the look of the shells and such. Once again I recommend making this crown on a styrofoam head because this one definitely needs to stretch! Here are my progress pics of the mermaid crown:
The very beginnings. You can still see a lot of the styrofoam structure.

 The final design without the spikes on top.

The final (? I might add more) crown

I'm really happy with how this crown turned out, especially since I honestly kind of winged it with the design. I might add more, we'll see!

As far as my next crowns go, I'm going to make one similar to the first spiked halo one but paint it red and add pearl accents, and I'm currently working on one inspired by the moon! Here's a little preview for you:

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I'm looking for models to wear these crowns for photos so if you're interested please let me know! 


Zoo Photography!

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! I decided to visit the Cincinnati Zoo for the first time in many years to test out taking photos at the zoo! I had a blast at the zoo and learned a lot! I brought my Canon 70-200 mm 2.8 lens and it did a beautiful job! I'm glad I was able to use that lens since I mainly use my portrait lens but man it gets heavy after awhile. I'm going to have to use it more or start working out or something!!

Sadly I wasn't able to get a good picture of the zoo's famous baby hippo, Fiona. I saw her, but it was so hot outside that she was cuddling up with her mom in the water in the corner of her exhibit. I'll go back sometime and try to snap some pics of her!!

Without further ado, here are some of my best shots from the zoo!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post!



Hello and welcome to the blog/website of Friese Frame Photography!

I'm still getting things set up but I hope to be pretty active here!

Thank you for visiting and I hope to post something you find inspiring soon!

- Sarah