Ever wonder if photographers run out of ideas for unique photoshoots? We do. It’s challenging to come up with new ideas again and again each year without feeling like we’re reinventing the wheel. But that’s beauty of the job, and it continues to hold our interest by keeping us on our toes. We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it! 😉
Yet, it was refreshing to hear about Ceci’s idea for a styled photoshoot and her passion behind it. She had a clear vision from day one—an industrial, rundown scene paired with a vibrant dress and her tap shoes. At the time, we didn’t have a location in mind that matched the setting she described until that very location fell into our laps one day in Philipsburg, PA.
We were meeting with the owners of Shindig Alley, a vintage store located downtown Philipsburg, for a “groovy” photoshoot we had planned for another senior. While touring the store, we were introduced to the caretaker of the Rowland Theatre, and he offered to give us the grand tour, which happened to be across the street. Folks, it’s called being at the right place at the right time. Call it divine intervention or just incredibly friendly people who are kind and passionate about what they do.
Kevin led us through every nook and cranny of the Rowland Theatre, and we were amazed at how much knowledge and history he acquired about the place over the years. Aside from his family, this—this is his baby. The aesthetics alone are enough to make any artist or history buff drool. Towards the end of the tour, he asked if we wanted to see the old “ballroom” next door. We had already been away from the Shindig for probably over an hour, but something told us to check it out. And boy, were we glad we did! It was the exact location we were searching for!
Have I caught your attention? Is curiosity tempting you to scroll below to see the photos of Ceci’s vision? Go see for yourself and tell us what you think in the comment section.
But before you scroll, we need to give a huge thank you to everyone involved! 🙂
Model: Cecilia Mazzocco – She’s no stranger to the spotlight. This beauty is a very talented singer, tap dancer, and performer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her on Broadway in the next few years.
Venue: Rowland Theatre – Kevin, thank you again and again for not only giving us your time, but you gave us a glimpse into history of the jewel of Philipsburg! You can visit the Rowland theater either for their movie nights, events (www.rowlandtheatre.com), and on social media. Instagram: @rowlandtheatrephilipsburg Facebook: Rowland Theatre
Special Mention: Kevin & Ronni, the owners of Shindig Alley. If you’re curious about those photos, click here. Also go and visit their store in Philipsburg or check them out on Instagram! @shindigalley
Hair: Alayni Caprio – In the words of Ceci’s mother, “I didn’t know her hair could do that!” Yep, she’s a hair magician in our eyes! You can follow her on Instagram @hair.by.alayni and book an appointment with her at Portfolio A Salon in Boalsburg, PA.
Makeup: Lexi Rickard – She’s the owner and an amazing makeup artist at Northeast Beauty Co. You can find her on Instagram @northeastbeautyco or on her website, www.northeastbeautyco.com. Lexi also models for Lock Boutique in Bellefonte, PA.
Photographer: Andrea Knepper – Oh hey, that’s me!
Lighting Expert: Joel Knepper