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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 & 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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Welcome to the Circus

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Welcome to the Circus

The circus itself is my personal ideal entertainment venue.
— Erin Morgenstern

"Welcome to the Circus"
Photography // Taneisha Marie Photography
Hair and Makeup //
Alice Ness

Come one, come all! This is the photoshoot that I have been talking about for over a month now. It was a lot of work, a lot of planning, and a lot of excitement. As some of you may know, fashion is my primary love when it comes to photography. There's so many creative ways that you can show off hair, makeup, and clothes. It never ceases to blow my mind. So, when I got the message offering me the chance to photograph Alice Ness' idea, I believe time stood still for a moment. I would do it again in a heartbeat. We worked in a minimal space, but accomplished so much. Alice did such a beautiful job on these girls. I highly recommend you visit her website and glance through her portfolio and call her asap. She is a true visionary and wonderful to work with. We collaborated and I present you with the results. Each model had their own story and played their own part. Our collaboration created the story of a lifetime. That's what the circus is all about, right? ;)

"Welcome to the Circus"
Photography // Taneisha Marie Photography
Hair and Makeup // 
Alice Ness

\\ Special Thanks // 

I know this is very cheesy and cliche, but it's necessary. There's a couple of people that I would like to thank for helping me with this photoshoot. First and foremost, I want to thank my dear friend, Laiken Summerson (whom you've seen in the "Flora|Fauna" photoshoot). She has helped spread the word about my work and was the person who help set up this photoshoot and make it happen. A million, million times, thank you Laiken. :)

I want to thank my professor and mentor at Shepherd University, Rick Bruner, for allowing me to borrow and obscene amount of lighting equipment and truck it back and forth from WV to VA to MD and then back to VA to WV. Thank you for giving a helping hand yet again, even after I've graduated. It means a lot to me.

And a very special thank you to my boyfriend, Matt, for supporting me through this entire process and for supporting me throughout my entire photography career and for the many years to follow. You've helped my tremendously during this shoot and many in the past, but you've also encouraged me through and through. Thank you. :)

Thank you everyone for your support! I'm very proud of this photoshoot and I hope to do many more in the future. <3

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Flora | Fauna & Update!

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Flora | Fauna & Update!

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've done a blog post, but i'm finally back in the groove of things. New projects are arising and many other new things. I'm collaborating with a graphic designer and I am rebranding myself! This means, new website, new logo, new business cards, and new work! I'm very excited. This process will take some time, however. So, I will not be posting my entire series until my new website is launched. So, as you can see, my website is a little scarce right now and you can't see most of my work. i have one gallery open, my blog, prices, and contact section in the meantime. If you'd like to keep posted on how everything is going, I will still be using my blog and will post "sneak peeks" via Facebook {link can be found at the bottom of the page}.

Flora | Fauna

My most recent series is "Flora | Fauna" with the ever-so-beautiful, Laiken, and I had the beautiful makeup/styling down by my newly official stylist, Valerie. Thank you both for your beautiful work and all of your help! :) Here's a little behind the scenes footage. <3

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