Sam started taking shots of Disneyland cast members a little over 3 years ago, and it wasn't long before he began bringing them into Photoshop to add his own artistic treatments. The results are stunning and a great way to end out the Snow White Sanctum posts for 2010.
Waiting To Meet Disney's Newest Princess
From his "Disney Resort" Flickr profile page, Sam explains how and why he began taking princess pictures:
I bought an annual pass back in 2007 because I needed to add more exercise into my routine. So three to four times a week I'll walk throughout the entire Disney Resort.
At first I just walked, but I found that this would also be a good opportunity to rekindle an old hobby of mine...photography. I'm also a Graphic Designer, so you'll notice almost all of my images are definitely not just SOOC.
The majority of the images in my photostream are Disney characters that I've photographed, then manipulated in Photoshop to follow my imagination. So if something looks too good to be true...it probably is.
The Disney Resort
The Disney Resort
While it may seem as if Sam asks the cast members to pose for his photos, this is not the case. Just the opposite. He keeps a low profile while at the park. From a correspondence with him, here's Sam in his own words...
There are other Flickr photographers who go there on a regular basis like myself. But the difference is, I prefer to remain anonymous, as opposed to their efforts to be recognized by the Cast Members. I just wouldn't want the CMs to feel uncomfortable if they kept seeing that "Disney Resort" guy all the time. Sam aka "Disney Resort"
"I'm Wishing" Snow White Disneyland
"Bless the seven little men..."
Snow White Has Found Her Way Home
Snow White Christmas Fantasy Parade Disneyland
I have been contacted by a number of Cast Members over the years who have requested digital files of the images I've created. Some have even made requests for me to come out and photograph them as they performed as a particular character. But I've never met any of them personally. Again, that's just my preference to remain anonymous. Sam aka "Disney Resort"
Aurora, Snow & Cinderella With Their Critter Friends
Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Giselle, Aurora...& Dumbos! Disneyland
Princess Traffic Jam Autopia Disneyland
"Snow, what level are we on? Goofy or Mickey?
For every image I upload, I trash about five. They don't always work, but that's okay. It helps pass the evening away trying. Sam aka "Disney Resort"
A Little Christmas Snow
To see loads more of Sam's work, visit his flickr photostream. All images copyright Sam a.k.a. Disney Resort. Photos used with permission.