Creative Play is so important. How do you figure out what you like and don’t like if you don’t take time to imagine and create? We know how important it is for children, but what about as an adult. For me, when I see something; whether an image, an object, a person, a location, or inspiring words my imagination is sparked and I have the feeling to create and just see where it takes me. Creative thinking brings new ideas and and excitement when I put it to fruition.
I have an “inspiration” folder where I keep thoughts, images, notes on things that come to my imagination. This folder is many years old and when I feel stuck or uninspired I go to it and it never lets me down. I also take time in nature for inspiration and meditation. Quiet time is vital to my imagination; letting my mind be free of clutter.
This particular creative play day my assistant/friend had this same inspirational photo in her folder, so we decided to work on it together. First we chose our model, Daisha Braggs. Then we did some shopping for the flowers from the dollar store and hobby stores. We also made a trip to Home Depot for the chickenwire, wire cutters, and tape. We used felt on the inside of the skirt for comfort.
Time for the creativity to begin; attaching the flowers to the chicken wire. We arranged and rearranged a few times laughing and giggling and listening to fun music. As you can see the skirt ended up as a headdress as well. I don’t know how heavy it was, but at least 10 pounds I would guess and I wouldn’t want my model to put it on her head without testing myself first…LOL. I didn’t plan for any type of posing, we just freestyled it and let our time be what it was, creative free play.
Model: Daisha Braggs
Assistant and fellow photographer Kelly Thompson Edwards
Another blog post coming soon with second inspirational shoot with Daisha.
Lana Thomas Portraits ~ Seniors
I have watched Mason grow up playing hockey, so it was special to be asked to take his senior portraits. My son has played with Mason for about 10 years for in-house and travel hockey. What a gift to me to be able to capture this young man as he prepares for his future in law enforcement. Mason came in and knew what he wanted, prepared and ready to shoot.
Voulez Vous and Soul Sparkle
Come with Hayley Hines of Soul Sparkle and I to the South of France and let your Soul Sparkle. June 2018. Experience the magic you hold in your heart. Ladies, we long to be seen, supported, accepted, and deeply loved. We want to be surrounded by visionaries and kind souls that inspire us to dream big and to follow our heart. If you are a dreamer, a light bringer, a magic maker, an adventure seeker, a love giver, come. If you are a woman with a big heart and big dreams, come. We are gathering together as a collective of women.
And to document your journey I will be there to capture your magic! During our gorgeous South of France experience you will receive a portrait session with me to capture your inner and outer sparkle!
The Art of Healing, Transformation, and Celebration. Elegant, Classy, and Sophisticated portraits. Discover your own beauty on this portrait experience. We will design and customize your session just for you and guide you through posing and postures. Come giggle and laugh while sipping bubbles and give yourself some love with a professional makeover and portraits that you and your loved ones will cherish for the rest of your lives.
I am inviting you to my studio for a day of pampering with a magazine styled photoshoot and professional hair and makeup makeover. Bonus: an emotional and mental makeover to go along with your beautiful portraits that will change the way you see yourself.
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Celebrating personal growth, transition, milestones, and self-love. Watching and listening to her as she walked towards her portraits on the reveal wall my heart raced, my eyes, teared, and I got goose bumps all at the same time. Her reaction I was not expecting. She stood back with her hands cupping her face as she squealed with excitement and scrolled through the images. In those moments I was reminded again just how important my job is. I went to sleep that night knowing I made a woman feel beautiful about herself and showed her what others see. Megan, I am so humbled an honored you shared this part of your life with me.
She took home all thirty images and I cannot wait to see how she displays them on the walls of her home.
Discover Your Own Beauty
Wherever you are in your life, whatever journey you are on or whatever your fears are you need to discover your own beauty. We all want to exist and be seen, be heard, be noticed, whether it is to strangers, family or friends. We let fear keep us from being who we are meant to be, it suffocates and keeps us from growing. Fear can drive you and set you free if you choose to let it.
What is your legacy/heirloom that you want to leave to your loved ones? Do this for the generation behind you.
Amy is a mother of two little ones and in her 30s. She asked me to photograph her as a gift to her husband and to have portraits for her children when they reach the age she is here. We worked together designing her photoshoot. She flipped the pages of Voulez Vous Boudoir’s Portrait magazine, reviewed our website and social media and we came up with a plan of action for her photoshoot designing especially for her.
The black gown she is wearing is vintage from the 1940s purchased for the studio a few years back. The images in the black hat were designed specially for her using lace and velvet hand picked by Lana Thomas. The hat we just added a fascinator to it for an added element. The flower picture is a headdress made specially for Voulez Vous Boudoir.
I look forward to designing your custom portrait experience so you can discover your own beauty.
Mothers’ Day 2017
The best gift you can give yourself and Mom is a portrait of her. When all else is lost what do you look for; A legacy, an heirloom, a portrait. Give her an experience in portraits that lasts longer than anything she will receive.
Complimentary Consultation Styling & Designing Professional Make-up & Hair Up to 5 Wardrobe Changes Bubbles & Chocolates
Sitting Fee $299 Wall Portraits start at $275 Collections start at $1200
Gift Cards Available. Call 918.810.5402
Mother’s Day 2017
Beauty In A Woman
In the first moments of meeting Jeanie I noticed how beautiful she was…her long and flowing hair was draping down her shoulders. Then the corners of her mouth moved upwards as she smiled, but was a bit shy. As we began to talk I noticed her voice was soft and peaceful. We began to style and design her portraits and as I listened and looked into her eyes, they were sparkling. She smiled more and I could see the excitement. Jeanie, as you move forward in your journey I wish for you to always remember that sparkle you have and how others around you see it.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. “Audrey Hepburn”
Power in the Portrait
When you decide it’s time to exist in photos you have realized how powerful a portrait really is and how important it is to your family and friends. But, most of all I hope for you to FEEL and SEE the beauty of your own self; and LOVE who you are. Be proud of who you are and let your light shine through your soul and eyes. There IS Power in the Portrait when you feel and believe you are beautiful.
Le Anne in her 50’s has never had her portrait made. The images shown are a few of her personal favorites. When she came for her reveal I noticed she was resisting looking at her portraits. As I walked her to the reveal wall I said to her, “this is you.” Her eyes filled with tears as she took in one portrait at a time with not a word until she had looked at them all. Then my eyes filled with tears and in my own moment I thought about how important my job is, how honored and grateful I am to give such a gift. A gift that will change the way you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Don’t wait, exist in photos and I’m not talking about the ones with your phone. A portrait, a powerful one, the one that you can see in your eyes that you really believe you are beautiful and YOU believe it and others see it.
Bailey had a vision for her senior portraits when she arrived at my studio. She wanted to be classic with a vision of “Twiggy” (an english model, actress & singer from the 60s know for her short hair, long lashes and thin build). As I looked through her wardrobe for her senior portraits we decided which outfit would be shot on each back drop and got started. She wanted her senior portraits to have a twist of fashion, fine art, fun and classic. Shooting in the studio, outside the studio, and studio rooftop gave us the variety we wanted.
Taking time to get to know Bailey and her on a personal level during their consultation, the photoshoot, order session, and delivery of their senior portraits gave me so much gratitude and happiness. Bailey’s plans for her future are in the arts and are so inspiring and I hope to one day photograph her again.