Toy Photographer, Brian McCarty has created iconic scenes from some of my favorite Disney Princesses films as part of the celebration of play and storytelling that Disney is known for. Taking inspiration from three beautiful princesses Rapunzel, Tiana and Merida, the team of set designers have brought McCarty’s scenes to life. Using dolls, toys, custom sets and other props, the scenes are identical replicas found in the films.
Mr. McCarty talked about the importance of using the Disney princesses to inspire kids to consider new possibilities. Adding to the celebration is the launch of “Dream Big, Princess” during the month of February which will focus on celebrating the amazing qualities each princess possesses with the hope that kids will be encouraged to reach for this dreams and goals.
McCarty and the team of set designers shared preparations and items used for the photo sessions.
Merida’s Brave scene included Angus who was custom modeled with 3D sculpting and printing technology and flocked by hand to closely resemble real horse hair, by a team member who worked on the original Brave film. The scenery was created and placed by hand to lend depth to the forest, and incorporates a mix of natural elements like sticks, Manzanita branches, moss, lichen and stone, along with prop magic. Here, Merida comes from Disney Store’s line of Disney Princess dolls.
Tiana‘s photo included details from the film and New Orleans style including a balcony and building frame that stood at six feet high and five feet wide. Using laser cut wood railings floating doors and extensive wood detailing gave the set a proper scale. Tiana is represented by the new Hasbro line of Princess Dolls that is available exclusively at Walmart this fall, just in time for the holidays.
Rapunzel’s set took over eight hours to set up and shoot and used 250 lights and 40 hand made lanterns made up of rice paper with sumi ink and hand wired with incandescent pinball machine light bulbs. The addition of floral embellishments and lights add an incredible look and feel to this scene.
Enjoy the gallery below and let me know which one is your favorite!