As a child I've loved pantomime, where mimes often played marionettes and their handlers. I remember going to one performance as a child, where my neighbor was one of the performers. At the end of the show, the actors gathered children and taught them a few mime moves. For a couple of years later I was a closet pantomime artist. Several years later, that troupe became the most famous pantomime performance group in then Soviet Union. They performed on stages as well as in movies and on blue screen. Imagine my delight when I found out my Hair & Make Up Artist (HMUA) Christa Whitbeck, shared this interest and reached out to one of the very talented models in our area, Stephanie Kaylor, to bring our visions to life.
Stephanie is enrolled in Women Studies program at SUNY Albany and is now pursuing her Masters Degree. I am sharing this because I think it's important to know how brilliant the models I work with are, unlike the typical stereotypes that might exist about them.
Christa, my HMUA, currently is a freelance artist for MAC, and is always happy to personally pick out the right shades and kinds of makeup for our clients, who first book her for their photosession and continue the relationship with her for all of the cosmetic needs.
Me? I am just happy to be able to "play" once in a while where I have a vision and everyone collaborates to bring that vision to life. I still consider to be a boudoir and glamour photographer first, because I feel it's important for a woman to see how the world sees her and not the beat up version due to unattainable standards she has in her mind. I am glad to be entering a new dimension of visual arts involving surrealistic images and paint like images.
My interest in photography begun with a simple desire to learn how to paint. Suffice to say that at this point, I am coming full circle and am trying different painting techniques in my images. You may see a touch of painting techniques in my boudoir and glamour shots, artistic engagement, wedding and maternity images. You will especially see it in newborn images.
One question for you, my dear fans: as a consumer, would you prefer many straight forward photographic images, or would you like one or two unique and very artistic images when hiring me to be your photographer? Some sessions just require way more than one or two images (like boudoir, glamour and weddings), but say in engagements, maternity or newborn images - one artistic, or many real life images....Comment please!