The Geisha idea comes to me
One day, out of the clear blue sky, I had this amazing image come to me of Aja being a Geisha (it almost rhymes, doesn’t it?) I saw her with these bright red lips (there is that color again). I even saw her mouth, almost as a focal point expressing Aja’s every emotion, just like a Geisha’s mouth would. I saw expressions ranging from a pout, to a very subtle and mysterious smile, to a mouth that is puckered. And I imagined Aja’s hair transformed from her usual color of red, long & straight to this jet black up in a bun Geisha style. I just couldn’t get this beautiful image out of my mind. It was intoxicating, exciting and inspiring. Aja has a way of imagining, like I do, and she was just as excited about this Geisha images of herself.
Fast forward nearly four years later
I still have this Geisha image in my mind since meeting Larry and Aja.
It was almost like a little Geisha had her own little apartment in my brain.
It was time for her to see the world, she had been indoors for too long.
She just needed an umbrella to block out the sun since it was Spring and Summer was around the corner. Besides those kimonos can get really hot and we don’t want her make up to run.
April, 2010. Larry and I have a work meeting at our local coffee shop and we begin talking about next self promotional photo shoot for aah!. I tell Larry all about this Geisha image that I have had living inside my mind for nearly four years. I tell Larry every little detail of my Geisha image. Larry listened, a characteristic of Larry’s that I always appreciate. Larry, just like Aja, has a way of imagining just like I do. He paused, when I was finally done talking, and he says “Sure. Sounds fun-let’s do it.”
The Geisha is born!
June 19, 2010
130 pounds, 5 feet and 6 inches.
A fateful Summer day. Larry photographs Aja as our Geisha and she looks exactly as I imagined. Bright red lips , the most expressive lips you’ve ever seen. Her lips were exactly like a Geisha’s. Her hair was jet black in a bun (follow us on Facebook to vote on whether or not we dyed Aja’s hair black or if it was a wig) exactly like a Geisha’s.
Here’s a shout out to Katelyn Simkins for her amazing make up and here’s a shout out to Sylvia Huerta for helping me style and for sharing her amazing vision of the Geisha!
For all of you aah! Productions fans and supporters you can now enter Larry’s brain about what it was like for him shooting the Geisha that fateful summer day…
I used the 5 foot umbrella and I pushed the light through the umbrella from the backside to help create and achieve even more softness. I wanted to use the big lighting. The Geisha image is subtle so you want the soft shadows so it’s not even noticeable.
The soft shadows also created the softness of the silk from the kimono.
On shooting Aja, our Geisha:
Aja achieved the softness. It was effortless shooting Aja. She was really good at her poses. She was so good at getting into character that she never looked like she was posing.