Between takes at the Rose Court photo shoot

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The Rose Court: They’re just like us — except royal.

Princess June says, “I’m sort of a joker. … And it’s great that everyone else on the court is like that, so we have great interaction with each other. Michelle, especially — we like to make creepy faces at each other.”

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On her family, Princess Kinsey says, “They kind of make fun of me … especially my grandmother. She says, ‘Even though you’re a princess, you’re still under my roof, and I’m the queen bee.’”

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Queen Natalie is actually the youngest court member. “All the girls are like my big sisters and my moms,” she says. “They help me with everything.”

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Princess Lauren shares the court’s strategy for dealing with stage fright: “We recently learned with our speech training that you can breathe through a straw to calm you down. Before the President’s Dinner, when all the court was presented for the first time, all the girls were doing a breathing exercise with the straws.”

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Princess Ashley says, “I love to read. When I was little, when I’d get into trouble, I’d have to go to my room, and I wouldn’t be allowed to read — that was my punishment. I had to sit and do nothing.”

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Princess Katherine says, “Princesses like to eat as much as anybody else. … We can be tired after a long day of training, but the second anybody mentions food, everyone lightens up.”
 

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Of the creepy faces, as demonstrated below, Princess Michelle says, “June started it.”

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(Photos by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

Femme Royale: Extras from the Rose Court photo shoot

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From our photo session with the Royal Court, here’s some shots that didn’t make it into the magazine.

Princess Ashley Thaxton
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Princess Kinsey Stuart
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Princess Katherine Hernandez
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Princess June Ko
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Princess Michelle Van Wyk
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Queen Natalie Innocenzi
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Princess Lauren Rogers
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(Photos by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

J’adore noir: Rose Queen and Court in black and white

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Check out our noir-style editorial spread with the 2010 Rose Queen and Royal Court at Pasadena Central Library. Use the arrows in the embedded object, below, to navigate through the photos.

We’ll have more from this photo shoot, including some fun outtakes, tomorrow.

Behind the scenes: Rose Magazine’s photo shoot with the Rose Queen and Royal Court

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Here’s a quick glimpse inside our photo shoot yesterday with the seven lucky ladies of the Tournament of Roses 2010 Royal Court. We are super excited about this year’s editorial fashion spread and working with photographer Watchara Phomicinda.

Q. Can you guess the location of our shoot? (Answer, and more, below.)

The Court — with their stylist and Tournament of Roses escorts — gathers on the patio
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Princess Kinsey Stuart in the stacks
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Cramming the equipment into the small spaces between shelves was a challenge
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Princess Katherine Hernandez in front of the Peter Pan Fireplace
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That’s a pop-up “Nancy Drew” book from the children’s wing
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Queen Natalie Innocenzi in the reference section.
(A. Yes, the shoot took place in the historic Pasadena Central Library.)
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Our hot lights were Diva Lite brand, which is sort of fitting, no?
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Mood lighting in a stairwell with Princess Michelle Van Wyk
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Huge thanks to the library administration and staff — and especially the unsuspecting patrons — for allowing us to invade for a couple of whirlwind hours.