October 5, 2009
Our Halloween special issue - behind the scenes
It's kind of odd getting into the Halloween spirit during the month of May, but, last spring, that is just what I did. It's no secret how much I love Halloween, so pretending, way ahead of schedule, really wasn't so difficult. My staff worked especially hard creating my costume for this year - a ghostly horsewoman, and Rutger, one of my beautiful Friesian horses, joined me for this occasion. Mary Curran, my hair and makeup artist, did a superb job of transforming me into this eerie character, with milky contact lenses completing the look. I know how much you love behind-the-scenes, so please join us in my stable! Also, if you need some really great Halloween ideas, pick up a copy of this year's special Halloween issue. It's great!
1 Nick Andersen - craft editor - making some final adjustments to my ghostly turn-of-the-century horsewoman costume.
2 Stylists standing by to make any necessary adjustments to my makeup and costume
3 Photographer, Diego Uchitel, snapping away while Francesca is taking it all in
4 Diego is checking the digital feedback.
5 Digital imaging makes a photo shoot so much easier with instant feedback. Corrections, if any need to be made, are seen instantly.
6 A very handsome and regal Rutger is waiting patiently.
7 Here he is with dark plumes and an ornately plaited mane.
8 I love the contrast of black on orange - so very halloween.
9 A close-up of Betsy's fine work on Rutger's mane
10 And action!
12 After pose
13 I look so wicked with my riding crop.
14 My eyes will turn you to stone.
15 So flirty/evil
16 But Rutger's not afraid of me.
17 In fact, he rather enjoyed this experience.
18 My sweet and handsome dark steed!
Photos By Eliad Laskin