Playing Dress Up

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© Andrea Petersen
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Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night nor of darkness. I Thessalonians 5:5.

While I was upstairs experimenting with self portraits by lamp light, to use for possible future themes, I saved these two portraits that I shot on Nov. 27th and made them into a diptych.

I truly believe photography has given me a second childhood or maybe I just never grew up:) At any rate I certainly made use of my $4 thrift shop jacket top that I bought a few days ago.

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    You are certainly getting a lot of mileage out of those thrift shop garments. They look great on you and have made for some outstanding portraits. I think of my mother's Art Deco dresser like yours whenever I see this.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    My wife, Linda, asked me to tell you that she loves this! It really is nostalgic. Very nice.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    Your vintage theme shots are fantastic, Andrea! I love this one a lot. Playing with the camera and costumes keeps the imagination fed, and your mind young. When we stop playing, we get old. Never, ever stop.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 Dec 2011):

    Thank you all so much for understanding what keeps me motivated...I really appreciate your kind words.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    This is a fabulous diptych, Andrea! I love that your clothing emulates that of the dolls. I assumed, until I read your narrative, that your jacket had been passed down to you--it certainly looks like a wonderful treasure!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Dec 2011):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    I love the lighting in these images, they are so well done. And it brings back memories of when I was a girl playing dress-up.. but getting royally teased by my three older brothers, so I quit that and became a bit of a tomboy. Now.. I thoroughly enjoy trying on outfits at dress shops!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    This is SOooooooo beautiful. You do wear the vintage clothes magnificently!!!!!!! I do not think that I ever played dress up, for one thing I had no "dress up " clothes that I could dress up in and since I have only brothers and there were mostly boys in our neighborhood, I just didn't do any dressing up

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (1 Dec 2011):


  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    yeah what everyone else said!!! i like!!

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    Nice idea. I should try to get one good pic of my daughters playing dress up.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (1 Dec 2011):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (3 Dec 2011):

    You are always dressed with style and class Andrea. I think it is essential to see the world in a child like way to be a great photographer. I hope gou never grow up. These are so very beautiful.

  • Linda Houghton

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  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (11 Dec 2011):

    I'm convinced to live fully we need to keep the child in us alive and well. That can't happen without letting she/he play:) Vintage style so suits you. Would love to check out your closet and play dress up with you:)))

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