Ok, so I love it when I get to do something different. Back in high school, I was a swimmer, and I had a fellow friend and swimmer who would sing the national anthem before every meet. My dad clearly remembers how pretty her voice was. Little did we know that she would go on to become an international opera singer!! Like most people my age, I keep track of high school friends mostly via FaceBook, and have celebrated her career and life in Germany and seeing pictures of her performances. I always told her if she ever was singing in Chicago to please let me know, as I would LOVE to see her. Then I get an email – she is coming to town and wants me to photograph her! She needed updated promotional images for her site. This included a regular headshot, but she also wanted to do some creative images. Opera lends itself to storytelling and to overly dramatic tendencies like mine. As my makeup artist was working with her, we were talking about books, and it came up that she loved darker fantasy. And in pops the idea of a magic mirror. I showed her my idea, and she loved it. It is SO MUCH fun to work with a fellow creative person. Nothing was too crazy (which is saying a lot for me). Being an opera singer, she not only has to have an amazing voice, but she also has to act, so we wanted to show that she is a leading lady.
I had found the image of this old mirror and loved creating the woman trapped in the looking glass.
I loved her gorgeous blue dress in contrast to her beautiful red hair. And again, there was no such thing as too dramatic for her. Love, love, love this image for so many reasons!
I thought this just screamed dark opera. I wanted to show her actually singing, and of course, made her actually sing for me. It was awesome! For someone who is a horrible singer but loves music, it was magical.
Yes, I have a thing for flowing fabrics. You can see them in some of my maternity work, as well as seniors. It’s a thing, I guess. LOL
And of course we have the headshot.
If you are in need of commercial photography, or branding photography, then choose someone who can execute your own vision. I’m thrilled that I got to be that person for her!