Infatuated with faces, it was a natural transition for Diane to go from her previous career in Fashion and Make-up artistry into Photography. Prior to the pandemic, Diane worked extensively to hone her skills as a headshot photographer, studying under numerous field leaders and really diving deep to capture both the look and the character unique to each of her clients.
Always up for a challenge, when covid 19 hit Diane pivoted accordingly and redirected her efforts to learning digital photo artistry. During this time when she only had access to a bubbles worth of models (also known as very close, but not always willing, friends and family), she found new ways to expand the characters she photographed and bring imagination and life to their stories. The limitations created by the pandemic turned out to be an endlessly rewarding source of creativity and a great excuse to buy a lot of wigs.
“To be included in this global competition is such a privilege and inspiring. I’m both proud and in awe of all amazing photos and digital photographic artistry.”
“Brides Revenge”. An altar is a lonely place when only one shows up at the allotted hour. A jilted lover, swathed in secondhand white cannot carry herself over the threshold…. But she can burn it and all the hopes and dreams beyond it…. to the ground. A moment of retaliative joy nearly as sweet as being fed that first piece of marital cake.
“Raise A Little Hell”. With determination, Lilith ignores the sanctimonious cacophony spilling from heaven’s chancel, and marches into the arid wasteland that was once Eden. It’s her time to advocate for those soiled by the inaccuracies of a misogynistic history and bring some hell to the men who created it!
“Star at the Savoy”. During the last days of prohibition, the Savoy was Wichita’s go-to speakeasy. Annie Jones Elliot seduced the crowds with her sultry voice, crass comedy, and bearded beauty. The daughter of a shadowy Showman and his hirsute mistress, Annie escaped her father’s rickety sideshow as soon as she was 16. From there she single-handedly built an underground empire on silky songs, imported cigars and the sweetest drop of bootlegged whisky. It was no surprise to anyone in that deep dark part of Kansas that she had six marriage proposals but, refused them all.
“Lucifia” has been quite a journey. During the Covid pandemic I was unable to do any photoshoots so I looked through past shots to find a nugget I thought had potential. I found Lucifia and proceeded to create a mystical environment. We were on a fishing trip and I saw the caves from a boat, the waterfall we saw on a hike and many of the rocks are from our yard. It was fun creating this fantasy illustration.