Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Real Woman's Boudoir Photographs by Charise Isis

Our newest show features real women in their most intimate of settings. It is a collection of photographs by award winning, internationally renowned, boudoir and pin-up photographer, Charise Isis. She was recently featured on NBC and NYC Taxi TV for her pin-up photography.

I originally connected with Charise after being moved by her most recent art project "Grace". Her portraits reveal the courage, beauty, and grace of women who have survived breast cancer. The Grace Project was recently accepted for fiscal sponsorship through New York Foundation for the Arts. Charise’s own words describing this work: “In photographing the project I loosely use Hellenistic sculpture as a visual reference for the portraits, taking inspiration from such artifacts as the ‘Venus De Milo’ and ‘Nike of Samothrace’. These dismembered artifacts have survived the trauma of history and are still valued as objects of beauty within our culture.”

Inspired by her work, I contacted her to inquire about partnering up our hair and makeup skills for her projects, specifically her body-image-building “For Them or For You” pinup/boudoir photo events. We decided that the best way to start our collaboration would be to experience one of her events first-hand. The girls of Parlor got together for an evening of pinup primping of our own and had a blast. A little bit of wine helped to loosen us up as we prepared each other for our own boudoir coming out. Inspired by the collection of props that Charise provided, we rummaged through suitcases exploding with props, clothes, and jewelry to find our inner pinup girl. Each of us feeling a different degree of openness, we ended up with a variety of looks. Here are a couple of the images of myself that were created that night. We are planning a November date to be offered to our Parlor guests to experience this fun self-esteem building event.  .Please email us if you wish to be notified when the exact date is determined.

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