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.