Hey out there world welcome to Maleficent Vol 1 | CT Boudoir Photographer | Aurora Photography.
I’ve been planning this project for a REALLY REALLY long time and am very excited about the results from my second Villain Photo Shoot, a personal project I took on to re-ignite my energy and passion for my work. In my every day work I don’t often get to play with costumes and wild hair and makeup, and there is rarely a good reason to work with some of the more dramatic lighting that I am getting to play with while working on this project. Growing up “Aurora”, I developed a particular fondness for this particular Mistress of Darkness, as I’m moving into the project deeper I’m starting to feel out what I would like to do with the project, and so I present you with my version of the tale of Maleficent.
Maleficent, a dark heart or a troubled soul?
For many years the story has been told to us from the point at which we come to find Maleficent enacting her curse on an infant Aurora, but what happened before that? How did she come to be so angry and dark?
Once upon a time, in the enchanted forest there was a beautiful young fairy named Maleficent. She laughed and played with the other creatures of the forest; birds, deer, chipmunks, rabbits and more. A bit on the curious side, she was seen as a free spirit and perhaps a bit mischievous. From a very young age it was apparent she had a special something about her. She seemed to be a bit more powerful than the other fairies, and as a result was often ostracized or made to feel as though something were wrong with her.
Not feeling at home with her own people, one day Maleficent befriended a young boy in the forest and for years they were the best of friends, spending their days enjoying adventures together in the forest. As the years passed on and they grew older, the boy began to notice the things about Maleficent that were different. At first it was just curiosity and seemed not to thwart their growing friendship.
As the pair blossomed into young adults something changed. Her friend Stefan seemed to become somewhat distant and disapproving. As Maleficent matured, scales (a bit like a dragon) began to emerge along her spine and decolletage , and her wings grew larger and more powerful than those of the other fairies, as did her magic. At a time in her life when she was changing and struggling to fit in she was finding herself, she was feeling shunned by the one person who had ever made her feel as though she were special.
For a time she didn’t see her friend Stefan at all, and she found herself wandering in dark parts of the forest, feeling sad and lonely. As she wandered she found some new friends; other creatures who had been thought of as ugly, dark and unworthy. Maleficent found herself talking to these creatures and feeling as if they could understand her.
One day as she was wandering thru the forest, she walked right into what she thought to be a huntsman. Startled she opened her powerful wings and made for higher ground. As she watched the huntsman from above, she noticed he seemed equally surprised, and also somewhat familiar. The huntsman looked up into the trees and spoke “You there, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to startle you.” In an instant Maleficent realized it was her estranged friend Stefan, and she flew down to greet him.
For a few minutes it was what appeared to be a happy reunion; Stefan walked about her and marveled at her form and how much she had changed. A sad look came over his face and he turned away as he spoke to Maleficent, “I’m sorry I am not here to visit, I came to see if the stories were true and now that I have seen for myself that they are. I am left with no other choice.” and with that the turned and swung his trusty blade not once but twice, removing Maleficent’s beautiful strong wings.
Maleficent didn’t even try to defend herself, she hadn’t expected this at all. Stefan gathered her wings and as he left her alone in the darkest part of the forest he turned back to say “You are not welcome in our kingdom, nor the enchanted forest any longer. From this day forward you shall reside in the Dark Forest.”
For what seemed like ages, Maleficent lay on the floor of the Dark Forest sobbing uncontrollably. She had been ostracized before, but it had never hurt like this. Stefan had looked at her as if she were some sort of monster. After some time her sadness grew into a deep anger. If a monster was what he wanted, a monster he would get!
Alone in the Dark Forrest with her other “ugly” friends, Maleficent grew ever more powerful and evermore filled with rage. Diablo, a large Raven, had become her best friend and eyes into the outside world while she waited until she was sure she would be powerful enough to defeat any who would oppose her to make her return.
The day of Maleficent’s return, was the day of Princess Aurora’s christening, and we know how that part of the story goes…
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Hair: Lloyd Simmons
Makeup & Costuming: Erica Newkirk
Props and Costuming: Jessica Johns and Katie Kat
Model: Opera Singer – Katie Kat