A Photographic Tribute to America's Favorite Redhead
What inspires an artist to create? I guess each creative would answer that differently, but for me it comes down to two thing: American culture and my family/ friends' interests, so when the two can be combined, it's a creative dream for me. Today, I'm sharing a little insight into one theme I get more excited about than others: "I Love Lucy." I've been able to acquire a variety of photo themes for my newborn sessions, but these sets are some of my favorites. While others, may ask "Why Lucy?" I would simply reply, "You're going to want to sit down for this."
Lucille Ball- The Model That Made Us Laugh
Hailed as one of the Queens of Comedy, Lucille Ball was a true pioneer of American Television. Starting out as a model in 1932, Ms. Ball pursued an acting career that led to several B Movies. So much, so that she earned the title "The Queen of the B's." She really showcased her comedic talent in the movie Du Barry was a Lady. This would eventually lead to hit television show I Love Lucy where she not only established you can be beautiful but also funny. For 181 episodes she entertained the country all the while revolutionizing the American housewife's persona of the 1950's. The show was the first to contain a storyline about pregnancy (even though the word "pregnant" wasn't allowed on the air at that time). Ms. Ball was also the first woman to run her own production company. Her company Desilu produced other hit TV shows like Star Trek and The Dick VanDyke Show. Her series I Love Lucy was the first inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and has consistently been in the top 5 favorite shows in history proving its longevity. So why do an I Love Lucy theme? I say, "Why not?"
Inspiration from an icon
Whether it be her classic blue and white polka dress, pink chocolateir uniform, or rustic grape stomping episode. I Love Lucy offered recognizable pieces for inspiration. Currently, I have all three of those outfits in my studio available to be used. These newborn and sitter sized props, really do establish the mood for the session. The polka dot dress as well as the chocolate uniform are from My Darling Desirae. The grape stomping outfit was made my Lily Milly Boutique. Both pieces were beautifully constructed to fit a newborn. The felted wig as well as the bandanna were made by one of my preferred vendors Puddy Pad Designs. While, I could have done with out the wig, how could I not feature her iconic red hair?!
A Little More Personal
Yes, I Love Lucy is significant to American pop culture, but there is something a little more personal to my inspiration. Growing up in Granite City, IL, my family had a very special relationship to my mom's hairdresser. To say she was an I Love Lucy fan would be an understatement. She really did love Lucy. Years later when we moved to Hodgenville, Kentucky she would bring some of those Lucy DVD's with her. Oh the good ole days when a big screen tv was a 36" magnavox lol. Anyways, I guess incorporating these I Love Lucy themed images is more about showing honor not only to the Queen of Comedy herself, but also a good friend of the family.
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