Sugar Skull Sweethearts | McGowan Images Blog


Sugar Skull Sweethearts

Jack made us promise that we wouldn’t blow the surprise of his Halloween costume (which he picked himself) this early, so we’ll still have a Halloween post coming. But we just couldn’t sit on these ones… so it’s a pre-Halloween blog!

This is officially the fastest “conception to execution” of a shoot like this we’ve ever had. On Sunday afternoon, Dorothy and I were talking about sugar skulls, and she wanted to paint her face like that. We went to the store and got our supplies on Monday, shot on Tuesday. When it’s right, it’s right!

Dorothy really got into this Dia de los Muertos idea… she even suggested a lot of the poses you’ll see in this blog! I know, I know… we’re in SO much trouble with this beauty. 🙂 I had never done anything like this kind of makeup, so I was super nervous I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I think it turned out pretty amazing, though!

I’m so grateful that Mack dives with me into my half-crazed ideas, and that he’s so wicked talented… these images are so much more than I dreamed they would be. My very favorites of Dorothy and I EVER!






Happy Haunting!

  1. JElrod says:

    Sooooooo BEAUTIFUL! Love the idea and all of the pictures!

  2. Jennifer says:

    These look SO awesome. The photos are gorgeous, but you girls look amazing. And you can see where she gets her beautiful eyes, from Momma. What a cool shoot.

  3. Amber B. says:

    These are absolutely beautiful and heartwarming!! I love these blogs A LOT!!

  4. Giselle Huet says:

    Dia de los muertos extraordinaire!!! It is awesome and Dot, well wow!! And I am not saying it just because this feast is so close to my heart!

  5. Rachel says:

    I have been waiting for these to hit the blog since you shared a preview image!! These are amazing! You can clearly see where Dorothy gets her beauty!!

  6. LeighAnn says:

    so beautiful and I LOVE Dot’s sassiness!

  7. Tara says:

    These are amazing! 🙂

  8. Amanda J. says:

    While I loved how visually stunning these were, I loved that it was a mother/daughter photo shoot even more. They’re a testament to a beautiful bond and a beautiful love. They’re just stunning in so many ways, and I love how y’all constantly strive to make your children’s creative dreams reality.

  9. Marla Sanderholm says:

    These are sturning!!! I have never seen more striking photos. I cannot say enough. Dorothy is a natural just like her mother! Amazing photos.

  10. Megan Devine says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Dawn says:

    This whole shoot is just aMAZing–LOVE the last set! I’m so glad you guys do so much to make Dot’s visions a reality. Beautiful family, inside & out.

  12. Ambo says:

    I cannot even put into words how amazing this is. Every time I think you guys can not outdo yourselfs-BAM, you do it again. I love these pictures so much and you are right, you guys are gonna have your hands full with that little amazing girl. Love you all!

  13. Elle says:

    WOW!!! Some of my favorite images ever. Dorothy looks so grown up. Hard to believe that 5 years ago she was just a little thing that was giving you bad morning sickness!! Such a doll!

  14. M-Dawg says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, this is just BEYOND FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  15. Cheryl says:

    So stinking adorable!!! Great models 🙂 Does it help that you live next to a cemetery LOL

  16. Roger says:

    Creeps me up, man.

  17. Nicole says:

    These are beyond words! Just speechless!

  18. Kevin says:

    BAM!!!!!! Just awesome all the way around!!!

  19. mandaroo says:

    Wowza! You have a knock-out, gorgeous daughter! Beautiful photos!

  20. Brandi Calhoun says:

    This is seriously so bad ass, and when I have kids, we’re going to do it! SERIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL.

  21. Shauna says:

    These are sooooo beyond amazing!!!!!! What a special treat for you and your daughter and can’t wait to see the rest!!!!

  22. Danna Troppy says:

    This is just fabulous. The close up is my favorite, with those eyes!! I mean holy moly it’s beyond beautiful!

  23. […] If you didn’t see Dorothy’s Halloween pictures we blogged a while back, you should definitely go check those out in THIS POST: […]

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