“This session is very near and dear to my heart. The star of this session is my amazing and spirited daughter, Stella. Stella is almost 6 and has been a huge Star Wars fan since age 3 – this being all my husband’s doing. So, naturally, when the new Star Wars movie came out last winter, she was over the moon excited to see it.
After seeing the movie, Stella was drawn to Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey…she found strength in her bravery and ability to do and achieve things herself. “She’s a warrior and fighter. I want to be brave like Rey,” she would say. She also liked that Rey had a “good heart, when she helped BB-8 find his master and kept her word on it.”
We found this Rey costume and of course purchased it. Stella asked me if we could do a styled session, as she frequently comes with me when I scout locations and is familiar with the process. In fact, she finds some of my best locations!! We were driving home one day this past spring and she noticed a rocky, sandy area right off the road and pointed out that it looked like Jakku (where Rey lived). She instantly suggested that’s where we do our “Rey Shoot.” and that’s exactly what we did.
Stella got right into character and found a wood staff to use as well, it was awesome. I didn’t direct her at all, she did all the work, I just followed her lead and photographed her in her natural state…until the light was gone. There is a progression in this session of light and adventure. You can see that she really channel Rey in this session…her strength and perseverance.
I posted a few images from this session on Instagram and Daisy Ridley, the actress, liked one of the images and it went semi-viral with 5K+ likes and shares…That was HUGE and Stella was very excited when she heard that Daisy Ridley saw her dressed up like Rey! I didn’t expect that at all…it was very cool and so nice of Daisy to make a little girl’s day like that.
This session is still to this day, my all time favorite session, the light, the location, the costume and the girl.”
Artist Biography: Laura Houlihan, is the creative mind, photographer and mom-entrepreneur behind Laurels and Stars Photography; a Madison, WI based photography business. She specializes in styled children, maternity/newborn and family photography. Laura is known in her market for her styling talents, use of light and the artistic flair she brings to her sessions and her work. When it comes to her work, Laura absolutely loves what she does.
Location: Madison, WI
Vendors: Costume from The Disney Store