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Winchester VA Photographer | Lilly, "the looking glass"

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Winchester VA Photographer | Lilly, "the looking glass"

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a dear old friend of mine. Lilly and I were best friends in middle school and we haven't seen each other in eight years! A lot can change in eight years and while our lives are different now, catching up and laughing about the past felt the same. The most beautiful thing about this experience is that now we've reconnected as friends and will definitely see each other more in the future. That's another thing about my book that I love. It has given me the opportunity to sit down with old friends, catch up, and reconnect - but also seeing how beautiful my friend's are.

While I knew Lilly when we were preteens, I got to meet a version of Lilly that I've never known - a wife and a mother. She's still the same person, but now her life revolves around the people that are so near and dear to her. I met her precious daughter, Vivian, and I can see why! The love between them was a sight to see and I'm so proud of my friend. As always, I can't wait for you to hear her story in my book that will be available in two weeks! <3  

Being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me. I love being someone’s everything.
— Lillian Titus

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia
and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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Winchester VA Photographer | Gretchen | the looking glass.

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Winchester VA Photographer | Gretchen | the looking glass.

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Gretchen is a very caring person, a loyal friend, future wife, and fashionista. Talking to her was so much fun and such a fascinating experience. A lot of the women I have interviewed thus far have had one or two people in their life that have inspired them, but Gretchen finds everyone in her life to be an inspiration to her! The people that have supported her, helped her, have been there for her over the years have made her more open-minded in life, especially her fiance, Ryan.

This past year has not been easy on her, but what I saw before me was a woman that held her head high with her feet on the ground. Her late mother's words have pushed her through these past several months --her mother admired her bravery and how strong of a person she is. Being someone that has also lost their mother at a young age, I truly admire Gretchen's bravery and can easily see her mother's words carry on with her. She's a beautiful, inspiring, and strong woman. I'm so proud of her and so honored that she was willing to be a part of my book.

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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Winchester VA Fashion Photographer | Lady In Red

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Winchester VA Fashion Photographer | Lady In Red

Lady In Red | Fashion Photography Model: Shana Donovan Outfit:  New York &amp; Company  Location: Shepherdstown, WV

Lady In Red | Fashion Photography
Model: Shana Donovan
Outfit: New York & Company
Location: Shepherdstown, WV

Last week, I photographed this lovely and talented woman to capture the essence of "The Lady in Red". You may have just played "Lady in Red" by Chris De Burgh in your head, but that's kind of what I was going for. Typically, the concept is captured by an older, very mature, sultry type of woman. I was going for the modern day woman. The woman that you would see casually walking down the street. The woman that catches your eye and you're dying to know her name - know her story. There's a mystery behind her and she stands out like a red rose. She surrounds herself with natural beauty hoping to hide and muddle herself, but no matter what she does - she'll always stand out. This is a conceptual fashion series with a story behind it. This is where my passion originally stems from in photography - fashion photography. I'm a writer and I love to read. I come up with stories and I have a vision for them. The beautiful thing about being a photographer is that I have the opportunity to capture my vision and see it on screen or on paper. Whether it's a manufactured story and documenting a true story, I feel that it's important for stories to be told. 

Beauty is a very well-known topic amongst our society. It's not a new concept but I think it's being shed in a negative light now more than ever. Beauty standards have always been specific based on the culture that you're a part of. In Greece, beauty was seen in a goddess like way through a curvy figure and long, wavy hair. In France, beauty was plastered with pounds of pale makeup and wigs up to the sky accompanied by luxurious costumes. In Spain, the more color you had in your wardrobe, the better. In America, we're struggling with what beautiful is and what is expected. The media photoshops images to portray their vision of beauty which is a scarless, blemish-free, tight yet curvaceous body and flawless hair. In reality, very few of us look like that. Shana (above) was not photoshopped. Her body was not altered. No blemishes were removed. I let the light, nature, the dress, and her attitude do all the talking. Beauty can be captured without being altered. This is what I hope to bring to the fashion photography industry - Natural Beauty. I love fashion photography for the stories that are told. When I look through magazines, I gawk at how beautiful the lighting is or decipher what they were trying to portray. I don't give two sh**s about how flawless his/her skin is or how manicured their body is. Show me a real model with real features that shows me that they feel beautiful about themselves just the way they are. That's what people want to see - the truth. People obsess over their body image because we're expected to look the way the fashion industry wants their models to look or the TV industry wants their actors to look. Women and men look down on themselves, even become depressed because of the way they feel about themselves based on these chimerical standards. It's disgusting and we're going to change that. I hope you enjoyed this series and please share it with your friends and family to shed more light on natural beauty.

 

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, fashion, engagement and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man - the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

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Two New Series Added!

I have just added a new series, "By the River", to my gallery as well as added many new pin-up photos from a different session and model. Check them out! :)

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