I originally started playing with virtual photography as a way to keep my publication, Dirty Glamour Magazine running during this period of social distancing. A magazine about glamour transformation I wanted to interview and shoot editorial from afar. With all the world events of late, I decided I wanted to offer virtual photography to everyone. I felt everyone could benefit by reaching out through images. A lot of photographers are playing with this concept of shooting through the computer. I wanted to be original and not copy anyone. I have created my own style for the images. I took this project one step further, I wanted to add a personal touch. I took inspiration from vintage cabinet cards.
Cabinet cards were popular in the later 1800s, people left them with each other after visiting. The term "cabinet" is due to the fact people displayed them in their cabinets. For my project #sendlove, after every session, I handmake a cabinet card and mail them out for the client. You can have a cabinet card sent to family, friends, or yourself. It is a beautiful way of reminding others of your thinking of them. It's a treat to receive a card in the mail even if it's a gift to yourself.
I am taking my project and offering it out to the Burlesque Hall of Fame as a fundraiser. They are raising money to keep their museum open and hopefully present their famous Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. It usually runs in June but is now rescheduled to August. For every vintage-inspired virtual session package purchased I donate the proceeds to the museum. This is a fun way to support the museum and have a beautiful portrait as a memento.
I am hoping the #sendlove project works to add a warm sentiment to a very isolated time. This is my way of creating beauty and harmony where I can in the world. This is an opportunity for others to #sendlove!
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Model: Ruby Miomsa producer of Burlesque Karoke