Do you remember the stereotypes from the 80s teen classic, The Breakfast Club—the nerd, the princess, the jock, the rebel, and the outcast? Depending on who’s reading this, you may be nodding your head right now or doing a Google search. But each character was a representation of a social group in high school. Honestly, I’m one for individuality. Why must we fit into a box? Can’t we be a mixture of two if not all of them at times? Though I have to remember, this was from the 80s, and our world is not so black and white anymore. It’s become more fluid these days.
So why not take a spin on social troupes and play it up photographically. From this, we took a cheerleader and turned her into a goth/emo chick. How’s that for blending two worlds together! But if you think of it, when we focus on the person rather than the label, you can appreciate their inner beauty. The whole concept was like our location choice, the Scotia Barrens—a place where graffiti and industrial ruins meets the lush greens of nature. Again, it’s a blending of worlds that we’re exploring here. 😉
Though you may normally see Cassidi in her cheer uniform in competitions or school events, she’s also drawn to that bad girl, vampiric vibe, making her perfect for this project. Apart from her ocean eyes, she completely transformed into another person. I’m sure her regular senior photos will look more true to herself, but it’s fun to play another character or step into someone else’s world. I feel I do that with each senior that I photograph. Show me your world, your playground. What makes you tick?
Scroll below to see the photos and tell us what you think. But before you do, let us appreciate the people involved!
Model: Cassidi Greendoner – A real down-to-earth beauty who is so cool and go with the flow, you feel like you’ve known her for years. 🙂
Hair: Alayni Caprio – Give the girl some colored hair pieces, and she’ll turn your do into a styled masterpiece! You can find her on Instagram @hair.by.alyani or book an appointment with her at Portfolio A Salon in Boalsburg, PA.
Makeup: Lexi Rickard – When you don’t see her modeling for Lock Boutique, she’s the makeup artist and owner of Northeast Beauty & Co. Her typical makeup applications usually aren’t in the gothic realm, but Lexi has an eye for creating and a knack for making every girl feel beautiful. Follow her on Instagram @northeastbeautyco or visit her website, northeastbeautyco.com
Photographer: Andrea Knepper – Oh hey, that’s me!
Lighting Expert: Joel Knepper