There’s something special about Princess Tiana. She’s got spunk, she’s got drive, and she’s Disney’s first black princess. I really wanted to do these pictures justice so it’s taken us some time to decide exactly where to take these photos.
Lil’ J thought it should be near water, and we had a three-day weekend so we went to Zilker park late morning (definitely not my ideal time to shoot) and took photos before going on a little train ride and playing on the playground with her brother and aunt.
One o my favorite aspects of this shoot was the dress. It’s the Deluxe Tiana Dress from the Disney store, that is no longer on sale. I stalked ebay and eventually found one second hand! You can occasionally find it or similar versions on Amazon*.
Since Lil’ J does her own posing and makes most of the decisions for these shoots, I thought she should have more of a say in the text that goes with this photo share. So I did a little Q&A with Lil’ J about her transformation into Princess Tiana.
1. Q: Why do you like Princess Tiana?
A: I like Tiana because she cooks and cleans.
2. Q: When did she clean?
A: *singing* Allllll moooooost thereeeeeeee!
3. Q: Oh, when she was cleaning her new restaurant, ok. Why did she want a restaurant?
A: Because it was her wish.
4. Q: What is your wish?
A: To dance with a prince like Charlotte. No wait, actually to dance on stage and to sing. Either that or be a cheerleader.
5. Q: What was your favorite picture from this shoot?
A: The one where I was on the wall thingy and sassy like Tiana. That one. (This one)
6. Q: What does Princess Tiana teach you about dreams?
A: You don’t just have to wish on a star. You have to work hard to make your dreams come true.
To see Lil’ J as Cinderella, Merida, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty, check out the rest of our whimsical Disney princess series.
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