It would be hard to find a little girl who's never wanted to be a Disney princess. Or any pretty princess for that matter. Unfortunately, our media is not very inclusive and the majority of famous characters in children's movies and books fit a very stiff mold that not all children can relate to. But as our society is becoming more progressive, so is the media and art. Hairstylist LaChanda Gatson decided to redefine the image of a traditional princess in a stunning photo series that showcase elegant, colorful and brave African American princesses.
Regis and Kahran, the duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, produced a series of 14 photographs showcasing princesses with "[their] own dash of style, culture and swag". Bored Panda reached out to the photographer duo and they provided a brief explanation behind the photo ideas. "The Disney character series was created by hairstylist LaChanda Gatson and child photographers CreativeSoul Photography," they explained how this project was a collaboration between creative minds.
"The goal is to inspire more girls around the world to start seeing themselves as regal princesses," the photographers explained their creative idea. We could definitely spot some similarities with the iconic Disney princesses so we decided to guess which ones these beautiful girls might represent! Although we might've been wrong in guessing which princess from the photoshoot might be related to a Disney princess, so let us know in the comments if you think otherwise! Scroll down and see the stunning photos for yourself. Or, if you like the artistic photographs so much you wish you could frame them on the wall, you can snag a print or two by clicking here.
The photographers also revealed that people's response has been great so far! "The social media response has been amazing with currently over 75,000 reshares on our Facebook post and several other pages," they told us.
Regis and Kahran see themselves as artists "obsessed with unique, visual storytelling". The two connected over their passion for photography and capturing precious moments. From that, their loves stemmed and the couple "fell head over heels in love with one another" and eventually it resulted in them creating CreativeSoul Photography.
They've been in the game for over 7 years now and have worked with hundreds of children, families and brands to create stunning visual tales. Their "holistic approach to capturing one-of-a-kind moments has allowed their work to be featured in Essence magazine, Munaluchi Bride, MochaKid magazine, on The Real daytime talk show, on the OWN network, and more."