One of the many reasons we love our work as photographers, is that we get to meet different people on a daily basis in our studio and create unique artwork together. This time we had the pleasure to photograph gorgeous Miss K, a professional dancer. Elegant 60′s glamour and pin-up were the main inspiration behind this boudoir photoshoot. Miss K’s Brigitte Bardot hair style, 60′s inspired make-up and classic lingerie have accentuated the retro look and made the photographs look timeless. We’ve used some of the classic boudoir poses during the photoshoot, which Miss K pulled off effortlessly. Thank you for being our muse, Miss K!
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Winter can sometimes be gloomy, cold and dreary, but not in our photo studio! In this fun photo session with a beautiful curvy muse, Miss H, we made the best of the Winter season with cold weather must have accessories – knee high socks, cozy cardigan and red lingerie, photographed in natural light and abundant sunlight in our studio. We fell in love with Miss H’s bubbly charisma and charming smile that brightened every photograph we took! We always encourage our muses to let their inner character shine and are so happy with the results that captured our muse in her most natural state. Thank you for being our muse, Miss H!
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Our kids grow fast and it is hard to keep up – a fun family photoshoot is a great way to document this unique process. While we do not specialize in traditional posed family photography at Kissed by Light Photography Studio, we get a lot of requests to photograph families in our signature light, airy and glamorous style of photography. We love documenting special moments shared by families, telling their stories and creating portraits that will bring smiles to their faces and be cherished for years to come. Whether it is an anniversary, renewal of marriage vows, child’s birthday, visit of a dear sibling or a family getting together for holiday festivities, we are here to document your special moments, love and connection.
We are happy to share with you the results of a family photoshoot we did for our returning muse and her beautiful family. She did her first photoshoot with us before she got pregnant and it was a great pleasure for us to photograph her in our studio again, this time together with her husband and adorable son!
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As part of our recurring series of interviews, The Power of Her, featuring remarkable women, we are proud to present to you an interview with Maria Fondler-Grossbaum, an artist and owner of Abyssimo Studio.
Coming from an artistic background, Maria has been painting for as long as she remembers herself. A successful painter and graphic artist, she found Abyssimo Studio last year, when she turned 42 and realized that she wanted to teach and pass on the knowledge of a special artistic technique she developed. Her project was met with instant success, but shortly after, Maria has discovered a lump and was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. The nightmare that followed, months of intense chemo have depleted her of energy and health, but creativity flowed and during short breaks between chemo sessions she kept on creating, teaching and keeping Abyssimо studio going. Maria is one of the most upbeat, positive and optimistic human beings we’ve ever met. An artistic and rebellious soul, she inspired us with her courage and power to continue her craft despite all odds. Maria’s current motto? “Fuck Cancer!”.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR ART AND A UNIQUE STYLE OF PAINTING
I have an academic background and I love classical ways in art, although I never saw myself following this direction. I always wanted to go beyond rules and borders and create something between painting and sculpting, something like a sculpted wall art or sculpted painting with a rich texture. Also, in my creations I like incorporating various elements and materials that attract light and intensify colours and texture. For example, I like using pieces of glass, rhinestones, natural amethysts and quartz and other decorative elements.
I truly hope that my style is unique. What can I say about my art? It is simple. Art and creativity is just another approach to becoming happier. Since childhood I’ve noticed that colours, forms and shapes hypnotized me and when I create, the quality of my life gets richer and more interesting and, as a result, I’m happier. I don’t know exactly how it happens and I am not the only one who experiences it – many other people testify that creativity in any form makes them happier. I think it happens because at the moment of creating something it is necessary to focus on yourself in order to understand what exactly you want to express. This element of self-knowledge is essential and very important in art process because when you understand yourself you become self-sufficient and don’t depend on circumstances anymore. You are a source of joy and that is this sacred self-fulfilment. Here is my divine formula of happiness:
self-understanding + self-expression = self-sufficiency = happiness! And no rules or limits, of course!
WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?
Nature, Nature and Nature. My studio is filled with interesting natural objects. Porcupine quills, fossils, stones, feathers, wood and shells are incorporated into art pieces, enriching the visual and intellectual experience.
Another great source of inspiration is my students. Some time ago I opened an online school because many people who wanted to learn from me live far away and, luckily, with internet I now have access to anyone in the world! Teaching has given me a sense of purpose and an experience of joy and fulfillment.
I believe we all have innate gifts and talents that, when unlocked, can truly impact the quality of life for others… and there’s nothing more rewarding or fulfilling than that.
BATTLING CANCER IS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE. HOW DID IT AFFECT YOU AND YOUR ART?
True. When I discovered that I’m diagnosed with breast cancer I was shocked. The only thing that really helped me to stay positive and emotionally balanced is creating. I also have a great support from my family, friends and my students, I’m very lucky this way! Thank you guys!
I didn’t find that my art style significantly changed since I’m having my cancer treatments, but I think it became more dramatic in colours. I also really enjoy experimenting with new materials now. What really changed though after discovering that I have cancer, is a desire to be more connected to my students. I want to create more online courses for them and share everything that I know.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE GOING THROUGH A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE?
Stick to what you like to do the most and stay productive. Work is the best therapy. Also surround yourself with people you love.
HOW DID YOU LIKE WORKING WITH Daria @ Kissed by Light studio?
Ohhh I did enjoy it a lot. Daria is an amazing friend with a talent. She is my inspiration and support. I gave her a total creative freedom knowing that she knows what she is doing. Et Voila, look how beautiful she made me!
I believe that a true photographer needs to be a little bit of a psychologist and must understand people’s nature. Daria is very gifted that way! She is a true photographer!
Our darling Maria, thank you for being our muse. Your inner power and creativity have inspired us. We wish you all the strength in the world to go through the next steps and have a fast recovery.
Maria believes that anyone can learn art and become an artists. Many of her classes are available here: Abyssimo School.
Follow her art and join her army of devoted students here: Abyssimo Open Studio.
Maria’s art is also available for purchase: Abyssimo Store.
Photography by Daria Perev, Kissed by Light Photo Studio
Model Maria Fondler-Grossbaum
Styling & Make-Up Collaboration of model and photographer
As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to free women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. Society’s ideal of perfection is impossible to achieve.
- Peter Lindbergh
As many others, we’ve been waiting with anticipation for the release of this year’s Pirelli calendar, a project documenting over 50 years of iconic celebrity images by the most highly acclaimed photographers of the moment. This year’s calendar was shot by Peter Lindbergh, a renowned fashion photographer. As per Pirelli’s description, the 2017 calendar “conveys personality, sensitivity and the guts to be yourself”. Lindbergh’s aim for this year’s Pirelli calendar was “not shoot a calendar about perfect bodies, but to capture sensitivity and emotion, laying bare the souls of the women in the images, rendering them more naked that a nude.” The cast of this year’s Pirelli calendar is star-studded with the likes of Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Lea Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi and Anastasia Ignatova. “As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to free women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. Society’s ideal of perfection is impossible to achieve”, explains Lindbergh. As photographers at Kissed by Light Studio we share Peter’s philosophy full heartedly. By photographing women in our studio in a glamorous setting, glossy fashion magazine style, we strive to prove that every woman is beautiful just the way she is, no different from the idolized beauty queens gracing fashion magazine covers. We applaud Pirelli Calendar and Peter Lindbergh for embracing this liberating and empowering philosophy and making yet another iconic piece of art.
Read the full story here: 2017 Pirelli Calendar.