Michelle suggested to me that I live out this dream, to the extent I now can. I thought about that suggestion, long and hard.
I then decided to do a Prom Project. During the past two months, I've tried to re-create as much of the female prom experience as I can. The process ended yesterday with an elaborate photoshoot that took extensive planning and effort to set up.
The photography was done by my talented friend Jamie. My sweet friend Debbie did the makeup. (You've seen how Debbie's makeup advice has improved my pictures since her first tutorial.) My girlfriend Nicole attended the photoshoot to offer moral support -- and ended up holding a light-reflector. :) Robin provided support, as well.
The biggest decision was the dress: what should I get? I was torn between short and long. A short dress would look attractive and a long dress would indulge my fantasy of looking like a princess. After thinking about it, I suddenly realized: why not get both! I'm only taking pictures, not going to an actual prom, so there's no reason not to experience both types of dresses. I bought two dresses, each of which appeals to me for a different reason. Here they are.
The pleasure of planning the Prom Project was enhanced by sharing the excitement with my girlfriends. I kept them informed on my ideas and the success of my efforts. They offered valuable feedback on numerous points. (Thanks, Debbie, for steering me away from the white shoes.)
I didn't expect the prom experience to become as realistic as it did. A few days before the photoshoot, when everything was falling nicely into place, I suddenly got a pimple!! AAAGGGHHH!!! That hadn't happened to me in years. Now, all I could imagine was that it was going to ruin everything; that you guys would be so focused on its gargantuan prominence that you wouldn't see anything else in the pictures. I worried like an insecure teenage girl. Of course, I was overreacting: the pimple went away by itself. Whew!
I also learned new things. Debbie warned me to be careful not to pick a lipstick-color that would clash with my dress. It never occurred to me to coordinate makeup and clothing like that.
The process was also a catalyst for visiting new stores and areas of stores I've never seen: e.g., the handbag department; the beauty section. I bought my earrings from company named Cinderella's Pumpkin -- how perfect is that!
After acquiring dresses and accessories, I staged a dress rehearsal. Alone at home, I put on clothes, played nice music, danced around like a schoolgirl and imagined myself at a fancy ball. I looked out the window waiting for a horse-drawn carriage to whisk me away. :)
The Prom Project was joyous and fun. I enjoyed it; I learned from it; and I want to share it with you. I hope you like the pictures as much as I enjoyed creating them.
After the photoshoot, I realized my dresses had only been worn once, with no alterations, so it'd be a shame to put them in a closet. I've decided to donate them to a local organization which provides free prom-dresses to girls from poor families. I hope these dresses find new life and bring joy to someone else.
I'm eager to hear what you think of my idea and its execution.