Joey Phoenix Media
Photographer • Videographer


Salem, MA Portrait and Event Photographer

Once Upon a Time


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”- Albert Einstein 

There are so many things that children do regularly that most adults just don't Children take ice skating lessons, dance like fools whether there's music or not, make art and are as proud of it as if they were the world's most skilled painters and sculptors. 

They also build blanket forts. 

Over the last few months I've been trying to shift my perception towards a world that's brighter, more colorful, more whimsical. I feel like so much is lost in growing up. We lose a sense of curiosity, of wonder...but we also lose touch with our ability to be unabashedly ourselves. 

When Kitty reached out to me about a photoshoot idea, little did I know that the experience would align so perfectly with how I had been feeling. The conversation went something like this: 

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Thus the idea was born. We settled on a date. I tracked down nice looking copies of the three books, and invited some magical people over for storytime. 

The day of the shoot, Chimæric and I spent nearly 3 hours constructing the fort inside our apartment. Then Deanna and Rachel came over and we spent another 2 hours whipping up shadow puppets, eye patches, pirate hats, and figuring out costumes. 


Joey for scale

Joey for scale

Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets


The Crafters, Players, Creators:

Set design and Shadow Puppetry - Chimæric
Lights - Retonica 
The Kids: Kimberly, Sean Hayes, Morgan, Deanna of Shady Tree Maker, Rachel Stigers, Elle Nightingale
Librarian: Kate "Kitty" Hamilton
Kitty's Mad Hatter Hat: Grace and Diggs
Pan's Hat: Debbie Thomas

Peter Pan 

Pirates! Faeries! Pan!

Alice in Wonderland

They're all mad here. 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Let me tell you a whale of a tale, a whale of a tale or two! 

Some inspiration for the last scenes are courtesy of Kirk Douglas wiggling his butt. 

To see the photos in full res -> Once Upon a Time

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