Tiger Lily inspired child portraits

Continuing with the storybook theme that I’ve been exploring this summer with a session inspired by Tiger Lily from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan books.

In the stories Tiger Lily plays a very minor role, and of course the characterization is influenced by the time period, ignorance and culture of the era in which the book is written.  Even still, the Native Indian “princess” portrayed in the books has an admirable strength of character and will.  She’s fiercely loyal to her family and friends, she’s naturally beautiful and  effortlessly confident.  (I have Melissa Collazo from Highlight Makeup Artistry to thank for making my job with hair and make-up that much easier!)

Similar to my recent Lost Boys session, I had some creative costuming challenges. Fortunately my mom is a pretty talented lady and she whipped up the dress shown here in no time at all.

Other challenges for this session: to illustrate strength and loyalty in a young lady, to create a modern Tiger Lily out of very little source material, and to do it in a way that couldn’t be found offensive.  There’s much discussion about cultural appropriation, and cultural sensitivity, particularly in the Washington DC area, as the DC based national football team, and it’s fans, debate the use of the team’s name. I wanted to create something visually interesting, inspired by all the best parts of Tiger Lily’s character and add a little modern flair too.

What do you think?  Did we succeed?KatForder004