KINGMAN - For the past seven years, local cosmetologist Lory Marie Williams has been styling hair, applying makeup and generally making the women of Kingman look pretty as a picture.
And now, she's starting to take some of those pretty pictures as well.
Williams is the sole proprietress of Lory Marie Salon & Studio, a combination beauty salon and photography studio located just north of Kingman High School at 4395 N. Bank St., Suite D. Originally just a salon, Williams said she has expanded the business into a photo studio as well in order to take advantage of her longtime love of photography.
"I trained in Phoenix in both genres. What's happened here is, I wanted to use my hair clientele as my bread and butter and to really build my photography business," she said. "Now I have people that are hair clients becoming photography clients."
In addition to hair and makeup, Williams works with a wide range of photographic styles, though she specializes in studio portraiture, including high school seniors, maternity albums, families, children and babies. She's also begun combining her cosmetology and photography skills to take "boudoir" photos, which she discovered during an industry training trip to San Diego.
Boudoir, she explained, is a genre of photography that focuses on creating a sensual atmosphere, with female subjects usually shot in a luxury hotel suite wearing lingerie or other delicates. The style, she said, is becoming increasingly popular as a way for women to surprise their significant others by providing an album of intimate photos.
"I thought it would be a good asset to what I was already doing, since I've already done modeling portfolios," Williams said. "That became my favorite aspect of photography, the glamour side, and when I heard about boudoir, it was just the perfect option for my business."
It's the Hollywood glamour style, black and white, just a whole different genre, and it's extremely tastefully done," Williams said.
She said that the genre is already very popular among military wives, who send the albums as gifts to their husbands overseas. She added that boudoir albums can also be gifts to the customer herself, as an expression or affirmation of her natural beauty - it's especially popular for women who have recently undergone chemotherapy.
"It's huge for women who have survived cancer," she said. "It's extremely empowering."
While Williams does most of her photography work in the studio, she said she does boudoir shoots by renting and setting up a room at the Hampton Inn or other similar venue. A typical shoot can last anywhere from one to three hours, based on the desires of the client, and Williams can then go through a print processing company to produce whatever final product the client desires. She said her processing company, Pictage, can do anything from individual wallet shots to full-fledged albums to canvas prints to memory sticks.
For more information, call (928) 279-7055 or visit Williams' Web site at www.lorymarie.com.