As a full-time working photographer, I’m usually shooting for my clients. But sometimes I shoot for myself. The shoots I do for myself are to give myself a little change of pace and to keep fresh and inspired for my next client shoot! This photoshoot was one of those creative ventures. The styling and inspiration for the shoot was the work of Amy Schaming, who is an exceptional hairdresser and makeup artist, and also the creative behind the hair and makeup of the Beautiful and Bombshell sessions at Bijou. Amy showed me several photos of Gaga and Tilda Swinton that made her feel inspired and we created this look and shoot based on those images. Special thanks to our amazing model, Lydia, who is beautiful and creative as well. She rocked that bit of tulle fluff we gave her!! Check it out!
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Wow! Am I excited to be sharing these images with you today! I absolutely love the two women we took inspiration from for this shoot….Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. The idea started while I was browsing for wardrobe pieces for my new photography studio located in Five Points, Bijou. I dropped by Revente’s Second Chances, an apparel shop on Millwood Drive benefitting The Women’s Shelter, and found this amazing dress. I immediately thought of Madonna’s Material Girl music video. That video was inspired by a musical number in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe. I almost squealed out loud when I came across the dress. I was foolish enough to try to put it on in the dressing room…hahaha. SOOOOO small. No matter. It was perfect, perfectly priced, and destined to be mine. I bought it and thought I could find the perfect petite blonde to put in the dress later! I also picked up some matching long gloves at Hip*Wa*Zee, a fabulous source for vintage and costume apparel.
At that point I had a passionate discussion with Amy Schaming, my hair and makeup goddess who works with me on my Beautiful Sessions, telling her of the dress and my desire to shoot a beautiful blonde as this character(s) and Amy was just as excited as me. She knew someone who would most likely fit the dress, was blonde, beautiful, and had experience working with photographers. After seeing a few photos of Nikki Thilges I thought she would be perfect. Amy and I also decided to bring in Tyson Keanum, who is so talented and did an AMAZING job on the makeup for this shoot! I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. Everyone did an fantastic job!
I used two different lighting setups for two different dramatic looks and processed the images in a way that I felt played on the vintage theme of the shoot. We played Madonna music and just let ourselves have a great time with it! And I think one of these needs to be a display piece at the studio! Any suggestions on which one to use?!
If you like this type of post, come visit my blog again next week! We dressed Nikki up and styled and shot her as another character this same day and I’ll post images from that session then. And if you would like your own fantasy beauty shoot, contact me today!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Before I get started with this post, I want to let everyone know that my session offerings for mid-late August – mid-late September will be very limited. As I have already booked newborn sessions for this time period, if you are expecting during this time and want me to photograph your growing family, please make your appointments now. This is why my sessions will be limited……..my sister is having a baby!
I’m posting images of someone I love today. These images are from a small maternity photography session held just a few weeks ago on Folly Beach, SC. Our whole family is overjoyed that my sister, Amy, is expecting. And as happy as I was at the idea of photographing her, I was equally nervous about the results. That may seem silly, since I specialize in newborn and maternity photography. But there is something very different about photographing someone you know so well. And a photograph tells a story of not only the person in front of the camera, but the person behind the camera as well. When you know the person you are photographing, all that history is with you when you take in the scene, when you are composing your images, and when you give direction. The apprehension I had reminded me of how I felt when I photographed her wedding 2 years ago, even though I had a better reason to be nervous back then, because……I am not a wedding photographer! But I would never allow this fear of mine to get in the way of taking the opportunity to give her something beautiful…….her own reflection at this amazing time in her life.
Me and my sister have so many things in common and yet we are very different people. We were playmates very often when we were young and we both had big imaginations! We came from a family where the arts were extremely important. We both loved to dance, we were both pretty gifted vocally/musically, and we both loved art. As you can imagine, we LOVED to put on a show!
We would announce to our parents that they were invited to the big performance, which of course meant they must stop whatever it was they were doing, bring a chair into the den, and watch us with awe and rapt attention and we sashayed, sang, and carried out dialogue thrown together in the 3 minutes of planning just prior to this production. My little sister, ever the clown, was just happy to have an audience and didn’t much care about sticking to any kind of plan. She would twirl around with her long red locks flying everywhere and it seemed she always “accidentally” ended up sprawled out in the middle of “the stage” for some reason or another. As long as she was getting a few laughs, everything was golden. I, on the other hand, with my detail-oriented, perfection-seeking, a-type personality, was always dismayed at my sister’s refusal to follow “the plan”. I was happy to have a creative partner but for heavens sake, could she please not make everything into a farce?!
And my parents encouraged both the beginning and the ENDING of each performance with their enthusiastic applause and cheers of BRAVO, as well as carrying their chairs away when our antics ran a little long, as they often did.
I haven’t always been close with my sister. Not nearly as close as I wish now. But I love her more than I could ever express. I wanted to tell this story because as I was editing these images, I was struck by how much some things change and how much still remains the same. Here is my beautiful baby sister, about to become a mother. She is a gifted singer/songwriter who still loves to put on a show and still has a whacky sense of humor. Even during our very moving maternity shoot (both of us were quite emotional), she still pulled out the vavavoom poses and fierce faces to keep it from getting too serious.
And then there is me. I chose the camera as my means to express myself artistically. And I still approached this shoot from my perfection-seeking personality. But instead of feeling dismayed and wondering how I am related to this strange red-headed creature who wanted to goof during her maternity shoot, I just laughed and thanked heaven for her. I marveled at her joie de vivre and I admired her grace. And I tried like hell to find a way to capture that with my camera.
And my parents are still yelling Bravo…..for both of us.
I’ve been away from my little blog for too long! Like so many of you with children attending schools in the area, we have been busy with last minute summer vacationing, back-to-school shopping, and finally…..our first days of seventh grade! How in the world did this happen? My sweet little baby girl has grown into a sweet, beautiful preteen. I look at her sometimes and the thought of how quickly it is happening……the growing up thing……it makes my head spin. And I am so guilty of not documenting it enough! Now, I am not sure what is enough……..maybe there would never be an “enough” for me. But nonetheless, I think we are due for a daughter’s photo shoot this weekend:)
Fall will be here before you know it and I can’t wait for all the outdoor sessions I have lined up! And I will be SUPER excited about the cooling temperatures. This summer seemed particularly brutal in that area. I can’t wait to meet the babies I will be photographing too. I am so happy to have quite a few new mommies and daddies that I will be working with around the holidays this year. I don’t know why my December and January newborn calendar always seems to fill so quickly, but it does!
More blogging is coming next week so check back iin to see the latest sessions!
And here are just a couple of last minute, quick snaps taken on the first day back to school at my house. This is one of my daughter’s best friends and I cannot tell you how proud I am of the smart, sweet, lovely young ladies they are becoming:)