Marionette

December 23, 2014  •  3 Comments

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!

 


Comments

3.Tanya Grant(non-registered)
I would love a mix of straight forward shots and the artistic shots...wonder what I'd look like as a marionette...huh mm
2.christa Whitbeck(non-registered)
Lana my love and most favorite artist I am lucky enough to work with. It's so hard to call it work when we get to explore our minds and artistic abilities together. I absolutely adore not only your work but everything about you. I trust you and your ideas. I love that all shoots are well planned throughly thought out to have meaning. It's amazing to be able to bring out beauty of all the women we have worked with.. and bring that beauty to life, I find it so wonderfully refreshing to be able to see another side of your artistic ability! I am one lucky lady to call you one of my colleagues and I look up to you so much! Thank you for your kind words and helping me as an artist explore the world through color and beauty!!
1.Andrea Worthington(non-registered)
Lana, Your work is brilliant. I think that offering a diversity of opportunities to clients is a good idea. Most people would be delighted to see themselves "in a new light" and photography can make many people and things beautiful, intriguing, lovely, mysterious, etc.
Keep up the good work. I will be calling you for an appointment in the new year.
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