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What? The New Year is here already? Yes!!! Have you ordered your calendar and planner yet? The 2015 #Disneybound Calendar and Weekly Planner are on sale now at the Dengrove Studios website, click here to order. Supplies are extremely limited, get yours before they’re all gone.

But we still do have plenty of behind the scenes stories. Join us now as we continue behind the scenes of the 2015 #Disneybound Calendar and Planner.

Our next scene is a double feature, depicting not one, but two characters that we drew inspiration from. Not only a beautiful princess but her mother from the story as well. While the princess has gorgeous long hair and a thirst for adventure, her mother stops at nothing to shield her from the outside world so she can keep the magical powers of the hair all to herself.

What better place to set this scene than in a hair salon!

As we’ve already discussed in order to pull off our #Disneybound theme we partnered with several local businesses for locations to photograph.

We were lucky enough to get permission to photograph this scene in the chic New York City Hair Studio of one of the country’s top colorists and my friend, Clairol Color Director, James Corbett.

The luxurious James Corbett Studio is located in Chelsea, just steps away from Union Square. James and his team expertly give the celebrity hair treatment to all who visit their salon.

The James Corbett Hair Studio

The James Corbett Hair Studio

He was nice enough to allow us access after regular business hours so that we could have the place to ourselves and be sure to get the perfect shot.

We had a pretty large team with us that day, in addition to myself we had our models Sarah and Ashley, our Stylist Sam, my wife Jena who graciously agreed to take behind the scenes photos for us, which I think she enjoyed a heck of a lot better than building a snowman out of sand, and of course James Corbett himself.

We arrived early on a Sunday morning and Sam got started on Ashley’s makeup. Ashley traveled from way out Long Island to be with us this morning, never an easy thing to do getting up early on a Sunday. And no…Sam is not applying radioactive makeup to Ashley’s face, there was just some very strong top lighting where Ashley was sitting.


Sam applies Ashley’s makeup

Meanwhile we reviewed final wardrobe choices with our other model Sarah. The dress we settled on ended up being a perfect inspiration from the film character. While waiting for Sam to finish Ashley’s makeup, it seems that James noticed Sarah’s her hair didn’t look quite right to him.

James was already being so gracious to let us use his space and not being ones to impose we never expected him to actually do any hair work. But ever the professional before we could blink he had Sarah in the chair and was expertly taming her beautiful brown locks.

I really love this photo because if you look closely you’ll notice that the entire working team can be seen reflected in the mirrors. Good thing I wasn’t picking my nose.

All of us hard at work

James styling Sarah’s hair and all of us hard at work in the background

As soon as Sam declared Ashley was camera ready, James had whisked her into a chair  and went way above and beyond by styling her hair into the perfect princess hairdo as well!

James styles Ashley's hair

James styles Ashley’s hair

With our models well in hand I began setting up the lights. Due to having the luxury of space I was able to set up our Paul C Buff PLM umbrella with a diffusion sock for our key light, and an Octobox for some fill.

Why is the Octobox sitting on a salon chair you ask? Sometimes in the field of photography we find ourselves with the need to improvise. That need becomes even more pressing when you arrive onsite to a shoot and realize the additional 2 lighting stands you hoped to pack are still sitting at home in the corner.

Oops forgot the light stands

Oops forgot the light stands

Yes dear friends as the famous photographer Joe McNally would say “this numnuts screwed up!”. Luckily there were plenty of salon chairs to choose from as stand ins. Note to self…always consult your checklist twice before leaving.

We started shooting and despite Ashley and Sarah only having met an hour ago they were interacting as if they’ve known each other for years. I would expect nothing less from 2 professionals such as themselves. Some people think that modeling only involves standing in front of the camera and looking pretty. I assure you there’s a whole lot more to it than that, as they can surely attest to.


Often times a model will need to employ some exceptional acting skills as well to portray the emotions or dynamic required by the scene. Ashley and Sarah clearly rose to the occasion and did an awesome job! What a perfect addition to our calendar.



Want to see the finished photo? The 2015 #Disneybound Calendar and Planner are on sale now at the Dengrove Studios website, click here to order. Can you guess which princess and movie inspired Ashley and Sarah’s wardrobe?

A very special thank you to our Production Stylist Samantha Dugan, Clairol Color Director James Corbett and the whole staff at James Corbett Hair Studio and our awesome models Ashley and Sarah for getting up early on a Sunday and putting inconveniences aside to help us get our shot.

James Corbett Hair Studio is located at 25 West 19th Street, New York, NY. Give them a call at 212-388-1296 today and book an appointment to give your hair the celebrity treatment it deserves

Scott Dengrove is a professional photographer from the NYC area. Scott’s work has been featured in many national photography competitions and published in several magazines and newspapers. In addition, his work can be seen on tour in various exhibits at Cosi® restaurants in New York and Connecticut and a traveling exhibit entitled “America: Coast to Coast”. For more information, and to see more of Scott’s work visit his website at and connect with him on his Facebook page at follow him on Twitter at