The Wenches, Women and Girls of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival

Barbarian Woman

Barbarian Woman

15 Photos in This Gallery

Girls love to dress up in costume for the Renaissance Festival.  Here is a selection of ladies or wenches in Renaissance period clothing, belly dance costumes, slave girl dress, fantasy outfits, Brazilian Samba costumes, German Octoberfest wear and barbarian armor.  All were shot on October 6, 2012, opening day in Plantersville, Texas.  The weather was ideal and by the end of the day the light was soft aided by cloud cover.  Note that in these 15 images everyone was either performing in public or had been asked if it was OK before I shot.  You might also want to look at the Chainmail images from that same day.

See all renfest photos here from 2008, 2012 and 2013:


82 responses

  1. The attendees certainly seem enthusiastic about their costumes at your Renfest. We have one near where I live, in Sterling, NY, but it’s not nearly as … “creative” as Plantersville, TX. Lovely shots!


    November 30, 2012 at 7:51 am

    • Not exactly the Italian Renaissance around here. Thank you.


      November 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

  2. The women at the Las Cruces Renaissance ArtsFaire certainly didn’t look like that.

    I’ve been photographing the wrong Renaissance Fair, obviously.


    December 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

    • That’s because it is the Texas Renaissance, not the Italian Renaissance. Thank you for commenting.


      December 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  3. Need to make a trip to Texas!


    December 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

  4. 1EarthUnited

    Your pictures are amazing, certainly captures the spirit of the festival. Keep it up. 😉


    December 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

  5. Great photos! i love the costumes. Thanks for the like!


    December 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

  6. Thank you for liking my posts. I found your blog is wonderful !.. In my country we have Jember Fashion Carnival once a year in Jember-East Java and participated by male and female. they also receive request for the show in many occasion within the country and abroad as well. You can click this: for more detail. have a good time.


    December 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

  7. Love the pictures as I always wanted to do that myself when I was younger….LOL. They don’t do that around here very often. Anyway…. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog recently. I appreciate it as not I’ve found yours. Thanks… Have a Merry Christmas!


    December 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

    • Thank you for looking. There is no maximum age for having fun.


      December 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

  8. woman body is awesome
    thank you 😀


    December 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

  9. Hey: I’m more delighted than ever that we’re visiting Texas this year! Don’t know if my wife will approve – but what the heck!

    Glad you liked “In search of unusual destinations”. Enjoy 2013! Phil.


    January 2, 2013 at 2:01 am

  10. this looks awesome! we don’t have a carnival like this around where I am – must be a riot of colour!


    January 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    • Thank you, it’s a riot for sure. There are several other renaissance festival posts under the North America/Texas menu.


      January 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  11. adehodges

    Some great shots here Ron – candid yet perfectly composed – the work of a well-practised eye. Texas seems to have more than its fair share of lovely subject matter too 😉


    January 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

  12. danieladeniji

    Nice mate – Your web site is a lot more X-citing than mine… Keep up the good work!


    January 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    • I try to have fun when I shoot. Photographing people is as much about people as it is about photography.


      January 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

  13. Ron,
    Thanks for looking into my blog again…………..
    More that that………thanks for these Texas wenches~


    February 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  14. Thank you, this has been a very popular bunch of photos.


    February 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  15. Well well…. I doubt that some of the costumes are really from Renaissance times… I am writng from Italy and I know what I am talking about …. BUT the models and the photos are great…. so… who cares about the costumes after all…


    February 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    • Remember, this is the Texas Renaissance. Any resemblance to the Italian Renaissance is accidental. Thank you for commenting.


      February 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

  16. What a great way to be someone else for a while! Great pictures!


    February 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    • Thank you. I guess this must be one of the links on the email notifying that I liked a post. It has been a very popular post from the start. Thank you.


      February 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

  17. Love the costumes!


    February 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    • Thank you. This set has been a favorite since it was published.


      February 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  18. Great pics!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Always appreciated!


    February 5, 2013 at 6:03 am

  19. excellent photos, not always easy to get people to pose but they are good.


    February 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

  20. Beautiful images, thanks for sharing! THanks for visiting my blog and liking ‘Morning Light’ – your support is appreciated!! 🙂


    February 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

  21. Schöne Bilder.
    Gruß, Wolfgang


    February 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

  22. That’s a new side to renaissance for me ) So far, I’ve been exposed to the Italian version of it only ))


    February 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    • Well, this is the Texas version, unauthorized and historically incorrect.


      February 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      • It’s nice nonetheless, more authentic in the sense of human spirit than some of the Italian fakes )


        February 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  23. Great shots! That looks like fun! 🙂


    February 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  24. Some great pics. Nice to see history is still celebrated.


    March 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

  25. Apparently Texas’ Renaissance involved a lot of ab work!


    March 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    • You got it right. It is the Texas Renaissance and not the Italian one. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


      March 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  26. Wow! As a woman I feel so empowered by these photos–women in charge of their bodies and all of that! hahaha! The corsets are cool, though.


    March 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  27. Alli

    Great shots. Barbarian Woman is my favorite.


    March 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    • Thank you Ali. That shot has been a favorite of many viewers.


      March 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

  28. Great pics


    March 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  29. RMW

    People are so hard to shoot, for me, anyway…. everybody always looks forced and unnatural… but you really got the essence of these women… and they all look like they are having a good time. Great pics.


    March 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    • Thank you RMW. At this kind of event all participants are showing off which makes photography a lot easier. It is as much a people thing as a photographic exercise. Don’t let the camera get between you and the subject, so to speak.


      March 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  30. Where in Texas was this fair? They had really good costumes; they weren’t tacky.


    March 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    • The fair is in Plantersville every fall. That town is about 70 miles Northwest of Houston and not far from College Station where Texas A&M is located. thank you for your comment.


      March 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  31. Another great post!


    March 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

  32. My dear friend !I wish you a happy first day of spring


    March 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

  33. Can’t say I dislike the photos


    March 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  34. Thanks for the like.. Cool blog and site.. Keep it cool.. Thecoolhunger


    March 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  35. It looks like you were having a lot of fun! I love such holidays.Which costume is your favourite?


    September 5, 2013 at 9:03 am

  36. Barbarian Women Selling CD’s in Texas…could be an early Robert Rodriguez film ‘:-)


    September 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

  37. Lovely 😛


    September 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  38. Great pictures as ever and very colourful. Some very pretty young ladies in Samba.


    September 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  39. I go every year! 😀 Love dressing up! Hehe


    September 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    • I am hoping to make it to opening day. Yeah, I know you are a cosplay girl.


      September 6, 2013 at 7:57 am

      • Haha. Thx, Ron. 🙂 Sorry. I’ve been away again. School & work has been keeping me busy. Studying a lot.


        September 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        • Then work hard darlin’. Some day I am hoping to see you in costume again, something that will top Amber.


          September 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

        • Thank you, Ron. 😀


          September 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  40. You are a lucky man… you get to photograph all the beautiful and sexy woman 🙂


    September 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

  41. Fabulous Festival, the costumes are beautiful as are the ladies…fun day for all!


    September 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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