And the winner is… Christina Marie Cichos!
Christina is a young soprano and a vocal instructor in Vancouver. I first met this young vocalist while I was commissioned to photograph the UBC choir, led by Mr. Graeme Langager, Director of Choral Activities. Christina blew me away with her powerhouse performance as she performed lead and was backed by an ensemble of a hundred voices. Our paths would soon cross again when Christina performed with The Phoenix Chamber Choir, and that was our last connection. Until recently, when her name was picked out of a hat as the winner of the Invisionation Photography Package Giveaway earlier this summer. As I had mentioned in my previous post, I get excited when I have a chance to photograph artists, and Christina is no exception.
Normally I would talk about the shoot and my techniques during the session, but I think I’ll let Christina talk about her experience. One of the Invisionation Photography team recently interviewed Christina about her experience, and here is what she had to say:
What was your reaction when you learned about winning our contest?
I was unbelievably excited to have won this contest! Such a great surprise since I normally never win contests, and as I’m starting to work on my career professionally, I was already thinking about getting new head shots done. Great timing.
What did you think about your experience, and seeing your photos for the first time?
I felt very beautiful, and it also felt like a wonderfully creative experience too. I really liked that Vincent included me in the creative process. At our first meeting, we sat down for a tea to just chat about my expectations and what concepts he had in mind, it was exciting. I felt that I had a real input in the creative process. Vincent is so incredibly knowledgeable and artistic; it’s fascinating to watch him think. It’s very clear he’s got a vision for various situations, and that made me very excited to work with him. I had fun trying different poses and outfits, and Vincent allowed me to just talk about anything I wanted. He played awesome background music during the shoot, which was really fun to groove along with. He’s also very easy-going and kind, which made it easy to relax in the studio.
What was the highlight of the photo session for you?
This is such a hard question to answer, I don’t know if I can pick one favourite, but I can share a few.
Vincent had an idea for a prop, I would copy some of my Opa’s (Grandfather) old sheet music, a piece he’d really loved. I took the copy and distressed it, to make it look older, and then Vincent experimented with shots that focused on my eyes. I really enjoyed working on that prop. I was so glad that Vincent liked it enough to want to keep it as a memento from our shoot.
The day before the shoot, I was cleaning house with my family, when my father unearthed my Oma’s (Grandmother) old choir folder and their old church music. I brought it along to the shoot and ended up spreading the sheets on the floor for a few photos, and that resulted in one of my favourite photos from the shoot.
All in all, the shoot had this sort of wonderful family connection for me.
Was there anything that surprised you about your experience?
There’s a lot that you don’t see that goes into the making of a great photo, I really enjoyed seeing that. I got a special behind-the-scenes look and realized the important things that are actually hiding outside of the frame to help in the creation of the photograph.
And to be directed into so many different poses, it definitely makes me appreciate all of the hard work that goes into creating a great portrait.
Anything else you would like to add?
Another highlight for me was just how much fun I had. Vincent made it very easy to work towards our vision.
He is wonderful to work with, and takes such beautiful and interesting photographs. I’m planning on using these portraits for my various career and social media sites.
This was such a positive experience. I will recommend Invisionation Photography to others looking for a great photographic experience.