19th Century

Let there be light!

In the last half hour of my  crinolines photoshoot with Theresa  (of Existimatio), the sun began to set over the hills of Wellington and lit up the rather spectacular cloud formations in glowing azure and gold.

The 1860s Greek Key tea gown thedreamstress.com

Theresa was madly snapping away, capturing me and the sky, and the gorgeous, glowing light over the city.

The 1860s Greek Key tea gown thedreamstress.com

Suddenly she had an idea.  “Stand right there and let me get your profile against the sun!”

The 1860s Greek Key tea gown thedreamstress.com

So she snapped away, making “Ooooh” noises and telling me to move just a wee bit forward or a wee bit back,* until I became envious and said “Me, Me, Me!  My turn!  I want to try it on you!”

But all I got were photos where Theresa’s hair looked like it was on fire:

1850s Raspberry swirl gown thedreamstress.com

Then I had an idea.  “Raise your hand…no…the far one…yep, that’s just right..now click your fingers”

“Perfect!  Now  LET THERE BE LIGHT!”

And there was.

1850s Raspberry swirl gown thedreamstress.com
When Theresa saw the pictures she said “Oh my god, you’re such a dork!”

Yep, and a happy one at that!

These pictures particularly amuse me because we played ‘Let there be light’ at our last photoshoot as well, but that time it was Theresa’s idea!


*ironically, I don’t like most of the photos of me against the sunset because I have a  love/hate relationship with my profile, the fit issues with the Greek Key bodice really bug me, and my hair was beginning to fall out and looks messy and made  my bonnet sit  wrong


  1. I think they are lovely photos, all of them. I don’t think ladies of the past would have been perfect every minute of every day either. 🙂

  2. Dee says

    You look lovely, but I totally understand all the little things that can be irritating regarding outfit, misbehaving hair, not liking one’s face from certain angles, etc, as I often have similar issues. 🙂

    Also, I love the let there be light photo. Why be “normal” when dorky is so much fun! 🙂

    • Thank you! I think everyone has those issues. John Barrymore would only let one profile be photographed!

      Dorky is so much more fun!

    • Jabba the Victorian.
      Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 😛 If your profile photo is anything to go by, looking down is not necessarily your enemy!

  3. What stunning photos! You and Theresa have quite a way with lighting and composition.

    • Thank you! We got a LOT of help from the lighting that day though – one of those evenings when Wellington is just so spectacularly beautiful that we couldn’t help taking gorgeous pictures!

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