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BTS: Creating Disney Themed Creative Portraits | Von Wong

By Chris Nachtwey on December 23rd 2014

When I hear the name Disney, I instantly associate it with creative and enchanting films that have entertained and inspired both children and adults for so many years and I’m sure many years to come. Benjamin Von Wong, one of the most creative and nicest photographers I have ever met, is no different.



We all have dream locations for creative shoots and for Ben, one of his was a library that looked and felt like the library from the classic Disney animated film, Beauty and The Beast. Von Wong, always being as good of a networker as he is photographer, finally was given the opportunity to shoot there thanks to one of his fans reaching out to him to sponsor a creative shoot and create the portraits of his dreams at Stift Admont, the oldest monastic library in the world. Check out the BTS video below to see more from not just his shoot at Stift Admont, but also in the caves of Feengrotten in Saafeld.


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As with any Von Wong project, I’m left inspired, and I’m sure you are as well. Ben is one of the best examples of hard work paying off. His imagery honestly speaks for itself and I feel like he did a great job using Beauty and The Beast for his inspiration to once again, created images that are awe-inspiring. With all his projects, it’s easy to see that it’s not just Ben who makes it all happen, but his great team and everyone’s ability to go above and beyond to make a shoot successful.

For more info about both the shoots featured in the video, go check out Ben’s blog posts here and here.

CREDITS: Photographs by Von Wong are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify, or re-post this article or image without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.


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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jesper Ek

    LIke a Disney movie -absolutely!

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  2. Vicki DePew

    One of my favorite photographers and models! These photos are enchanting!

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  3. Tosh Cuellar

    Man between SLRlounge and Fstoppers Von Wong is all over the place lately, and rightfully so, brilliant work. Just another wonderful example of his fantastic stuff, if you somehow haven’t yet, definitely check out his youtube channel also.

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  4. Troy Barboza

    Vong is an amazing photographer, and every shoot he does is truly amazing, he takes every shoot he does to the extreme and that is what I really like about him, this past shoot is another amazing one he has done.

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  5. J D

    Beautiful. I like how the woman is not the central point of the photo but merely part of the overall image.

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  6. John Cavan

    As always, I end up really inspired by really cool and fun ideas coupled with a wee bit o’ jealousy at the fabulous places and concepts Ben shoots with. Keep making these videos, they’re always a treat to watch.

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  7. Marc Billingsley

    Von, could you give me a clue as to how you get this look in post? I see lots of people with similar feel to their images, but can never find any post processing tips. Or can someone point me in the right direction?

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    • Vonw Wong

      You need to make sure things are well lit to begin with. If you go on the original blog post you can see that even the behind the scene shots look pretty similar:

      The “polishing” process involves spending hours with the healing and cloning tool to get rid of distractions and then slowly masking bright and dark spots to highlight the areas you want people to notice.

      There’s no preset or anything just lots of hours of fine tuning and tweaking through masks!

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  8. Matthew Cooper

    The library does indeed remind me a bit of the library from Beauty and the Beast but the model and dress is all wrong. If it hadn’t been mentioned there’s nothing from the model, wardrobe or hair that would make me think of Belle. It’s a nice image… but if they were trying to elicit the feeling of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast I think the art direction really missed the mark,

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    • Vonw Wong

      Heh, no the purpose wasn’t to recreate Belle – just make beautiful imagery. It was only after the fact that I realized the similarities :) You can read my account of it on the blog ^^

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  9. Steven Pellegrino

    I always enjoy watching him work and he constantly amazes me with his imagination.

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    • Vonw Wong

      I end up in cool places with cool people! I don’t dream up anything in my bathroom XD

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  10. Nick Viton

    Yes, Ben’s one of the nicest photographers, bar none. And he’s totally fun to hang out with.

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