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Dearest friends and followers,

I wanted to take a moment of your precious time, to address some questions and comments that have come up repeatedly over the years, in particular, following a photoshoot.

“You always look so in your photos<insert compliment>, I wish I could do that, but I am not <insert adjective>”

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Liliane Hunt Image by John Goyer

 

You can do it. Not wishing to thoroughly ruin my twistedly evil reputation, but yes anyone (even you, yes YOU) can stand in front of a camera and look beautiful. First of all, try to extract from your consciousness all those things you heard about what beauty is supposed to look like. (This also works for handsome, or any other word that speaks to your soul.) Everything you learned from television, magazines and the media in general.  Now take it all, scoop it up into a ball, open your door or window and breathe in deep. Curse, shout if it feels right, exhale and throw that rubbish as far away as possible. Wash your hands, take a shower, sage, go for a run, dance, whatever allows you to feel cleansed from the lies you have been told your entire life, because that is exactly what they are.

You are beautiful, handsome, cheeky, cute, dashing, sexy, pretty in every size, in every gender on the spectrum, in every race, every color and physicality imaginable and every damn age. It’s true, it really is. I know I have a reputation for being wicked, but you’re just going to have to trust me on this.

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Sheba Ameera aka Weebit

Now we have sorted out why you think you can’t, let’s move on to step two!

“I would really love to take pictures like you but I don’t know how to get started.”

Find a photographer you want to work with and that you feel comfortable around. Maybe you have seen their work and think it’s awesome, or maybe you and a friend want to start shooting together.

Discuss the kind of pictures you want to take, what you feel comfortable with or not comfortable with, be upfront and candid. If you don’t know this person, try to find some background on them, people they have worked with before. Vet them.

Decide on a theme, a look, an overall idea, or just go with how the wind blows.  There are no rules.

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Liliane Hunt Image by John Goyer

I have a bit of a reputation for my outfits, but the reality is you do not need a fancy whatever to look good, you really don’t. The first dress I wore in my very first shoot came from a thrift store and, if memory serves me correctly, I think it was under $10 . If you are one of those people who struggle to find things that fit your body. I get it, I really do (I’m one of those people too). So if you are shooting from the front, pin or clamp the back, or get someone to sew you into it. No one will ever be the wiser; you wouldn’t believe how many shoots I have done with cheats like these.IMAG3876

Have fun, experiment, if clothes aren’t for you, but shooting in the buff isn’t something you feel super comfortable with either, you do have options. Body paint, fabric, draped strategically, if you are trying to do this as economically as possible, look around your home, your apartment, see what you can adapt and be creative. Take risks, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, it is all part of the fun.

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Liliane Hunt and Jessi K Image by John Goyer

If you are working with an experienced photographer he will likely have lighting, or have a sense of how to work with what you have at home. If this is just you and a friend starting at the beginning, teach yourself some basics, “how?” you ask, Google is your friend.  The lighting can make or break a shot so it’s always something to keep in mind.

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Image of Ed Mestre by John Goyer

Those are the basics, the rest is simply the icing. Well one more piece of advice, if you are not shooting in a studio, rather on location, or at home; take a few moments to check your space for something that you don’t want in the shot. This can be as simple as moving the sofa and discovering a dust bunny. It really is worth the time to double check.

“How did you get started in all this?”

Twenty plus years of theater both in England and the U.S. preceded my very first outing to Folsom Street Fair nine years ago, that particular adventure began with a tremendously rocky beginning.

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Liliane Hunt 2007, the beginning.

I had been grieving the death of my father, the threat of having to leave the US due to my Visa running out, and the dissolution of a four year relationship all at the same time. You might say I was miserable and quite soggy in my misery. Finally, Mr. Wizard (yes the infamous House of Hunt Wizard), suggested, in his Wizardly way, that I had been miserable long enough and now I needed to live life and go to Folsom Street Fair.  So I got up, got out of bed, put on an outfit that I felt good in, and that I had actually helped design a few months back, and off we went to Folsom. I literally had no idea what I was walking into, however I trusted Mr. Wizard. A very important quality to remember when choosing your wizard, or did he choose me? I guess we will never know. If I asked him I guarantee he would chuckle and answer the question with a question. IMG_4774

The sun was shining, I laughed for the first time in a very long time, and there were photographers. I had fun, and at some point over that evening or the next day (I forget), I ended up on the front page of The Chronicle and somewhere near Paris Hilton in the society pages of SF Luxe with the statement,  “Mistress Liliane best dressed at Folsom, some might say the only dressed.”FolsomStreetFair2007_LilianeHuntTheHouseofHunt

Now this in a nutshell started the whole ball rolling, because people started asking what I was going to do the following year. Then people started asking me to come to events in my outfits, then with my entourage, then could I do something on stage, and then what would I like to do on stage and how long for and so on… and that my friends is how it all began.

“If you could give any advice what would it be?”

When you find yourself immersed in a vat of lemon juice, I am not talking simple lemon throwing; I am talking full immersion. Keep swimming, keep moving, doggy paddle, do whatever it takes to keep moving, because sooner or later this too will pass. Sometimes the passing is that you find resolution in yourself and strength you never knew you had. Situations don’t necessarily change, but your ability to process them does. Be kind to yourself, love yourself, and nurture yourself. Find what gives you joy and do it. Be mindful of what you put in, on and around your body. Surround yourself with good people and people that call you on your stuff and nonsense when it needs to be called out. Perform an act of kindness for no other reason than to be compassionate and make this a habit. Draw your boundaries firmly and respect your boundaries. Allow love in your life in whatever form feels right, plants, animals, people it doesn’t matter allow love, give it and be open to receiving it.IMAG0130_1

Create something awesome! It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be food, music, art; it doesn’t even have to sound arty just create. Push yourself and give yourself permission to rest. Listen to your body and do not toss away the seeds of your dreams, plant them, water them and let them grow.

With many thanks and gratitude to all the amazing people in my life who have made this extraordinary journey possible. Lifetimes of gratitude to Mr. Wizard for being the very first person to believe in what I was creating and insisting I go to Folsom. So much love for the beautiful women, men (and those in-between) in my life that inspire me on a daily basis. You know who you are, cheeky, handsome, cute, pretty, sexy… YOU.

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The House Of Hunt - By Jared Mechaber

The House Of Hunt – by Jared Mechaber

 

The House of Hunt Horses- By Max Luo

The War Horses Sparta and Hexx by Max Luo

 

Preparations for our annual Folsom pilgrimage begin in January, when The War Horses Sparta and Hexx, request the Folsom itinerary. Slowly the wheels of creativity begin to churn in my mind, waiting for the spark of inspiration, that will reveal our theme for the year. This year carried a special significance, namely the seven year anniversary of my first Folsom attendance and the beginning of The House of Hunt. imagesSeven is a particularly powerful and auspicious number “seven is the number of the natural world. There are 7 days in the week, 7 notes on the musical scale and 7 directions (left, right, up, down, forward, back and center). “

 

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Liliane Hunt and The House of Hunt by John Mallery

 

For my readers who have never attended Folsom, perhaps it may seem odd that I might use the word pilgrimage and consult the numerological significance of each year. However, if you have known Folsom and immersed yourself fully in its experiences, then I suspect you will know precisely what I am taking about! There are good years, great years and years that are epic.  2014 can be characterized by a single word, epic.

Liliane Hunt with Sparta and Tyke   by John Goyer

Liliane Hunt with Sparta and Tyke
by John Goyer

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t let me fool you into thinking that everything just casually fell into place.

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The House of Hunt by BoBoChee

At 9:45, the morning of Folsom, just after Lori Nichols had intricately braided and twisted my hair into place for Draco, the exquisite dragon made by the milliner Mr. Song, I received the news that the makeup artist I had an appointment with was going to be a no show. By the divine grace of the Gods a super talented individual by the name of Andrea Ortega rose to the challenge of providing glamorous makeup for the Evil Queen at a moment’s notice. She did an absolutely stellar job incorporating the iridescent quality of the dragon and the purple hues of The House of Hunt colors.

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Liliane Hunt and her War Horses by cpony

 

Picture if you will; Lori and I just after makeup discovering that our Uber driver was also going to be a no show, the gps on our phones no longer working and us running down Market Street.  Me in my floor length purple gown with the sweeping train, attempting to flag down a taxi New York style. Both of us aware that every single member of The House of Hunt was at the rendezvous point with the Twisted Carriage all geared up and waiting. Thankfully, we batted enough lemons already that morning and a cab appeared.

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Liliane Hunt by D&R Photography

 

 

 

Lori (pictured behind the rear of my carriage) had ridden a midnight train to San Francisco. The Horses flew in from another state.  Our Security rode a Harley across two states, for two days and the Wizard rode his sports car over the Golden Gate Bridge, pointy hood flying in the wind.

I have to admit, setting out on any House of Hunt adventure feels epic. We don’t do small adventures, just big ones. Half-assed doesn’t cut it, go big or go home.  All for one and one for all, and finally The House of Hunt motto: Non Sibi Sed Suis.

The House of Hunt - By cpony

The House of Hunt by cpony

“Would you care for an apple? They are quite fresh I assure you. The Wizard collected them only this morning!”

 

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Jessi K by Acrofish

Jessi K, Lady in Waiting, head of HoH media outreach.

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Tyke Puppy by Paul Tracy

Tyke Puppy, Crown Equerry.

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HOH Security by Acrofish

HoH head of Security, Queen’s Guard.

 

 

 

 

 

Like any relationship, it is often the trials and tribulations that bring you closer together. There is no mistaking we are a team, a fabulous eclectic family of artists and adventurers from across the country. Coming together throughout the year, to support one another in our endeavors. Creating our unique brand of fetishistic performance art, drawing on all the elements of; music, dance, costume, special effects, lighting, and theatre. Seven years ago as The House of Hunt was just beginning, the Wizard suggested I attend Folsom. Seven years later, HoH flew and drove half way across the country to celebrate our auspicious anniversary together.

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The Filmmaker and The House of Hunt by Acrofish

 

With heartfelt thanks to our fabulously talented filmmaker Roger Landon Hall of Infinite Mind Media, HoH is forever indebted and thrilled to announce that the 2014 Folsom video is now live!

Much gratitude to Mr. Song Millinery and the creative genius Luke Song, milliner to the Evil Queen. “Draco”, the dragon fascinator, was his exquisite creation and much admired throughout the entire event.

Lori Nichols, incredible stylist and go to lady on the big day.

If you would like to book an appointment with Lori Nichols, mention the Liliane Hunt Gold Seal of Approval, first time clients will get $5 off their next service.

Sincere thanks to Andrea Ortega who did a phenomenal job with makeup.

Many thanks to the amazing photographers who sent me the incredible images you see in the blog post.

Finally, scritches to my Tyke Puppy who is my; right hand with four paws, grammar ninja, head of logistics, Crown Equerry, and rock star puppy. Thank you.

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Liliane Hunt and Tyke by Richard Greenstone

 

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Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

“The best part of a woman’s life begins at forty.” Mrs. Theodore Parsons.

As a child I remember asking my grandmother what her favorite age was, my grandmother being then seventy years of age revealed to me it was forty. It was when she was young enough to enjoy life and old enough to know what to do with it.

“‘Life begins at forty.”  What life? Where do I find this new life? Or does it find me?

In the weeks leading up to my birthday I started mentioning my age to the various people I came into contact with, searching for some kind of answer to the mystery of this intriguing new decade.  Some of the people I met seemed shocked that I had reached this age, most of these people being twenty who were of the opinion and quick to reassure me that I did not indeed look anything like a person should look at forty.  Should look? What should forty look like?

The other people I met would insist that I was 39 and holding.Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

The internet revealed the murky truth that turning forty is the beginning of some sort of downward slope, youth and beauty wilting away… etc.  Frankly that doesn’t sit right with me.  I don’t feel like I am wilting away.  If anything I feel stronger and more in control (which I like) and more sexy than at any other stage in my life.  Besides I have met some very interesting mature women who were the very opposite of shrinking violets.  At twenty or perhaps nineteen it was rather a long time ago, I met Shirley.  I assume she was in her forties when I met her; she was utterly riveting, thoroughly commanding and very beautiful.  She was full of sayings such as, “You are too young for diamonds.”  That implied a wealth of insight that only comes with age.  I had no doubt at twenty that I wanted to reach the right age for diamonds, own a comparable closet and be able to command the level of attention she did just by walking into a room.  At twenty it appeared as attention, at forty I realize it was respect.

Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.”  Mae West

Yesterday I met with The Connoisseur and asked his opinion on women forty and older. The Connoisseur is of the opinion that when a woman turns forty she knows what she wants and is not afraid to go out and get it.

Graduateposter67In my quest for iconic older women, I immediately thought of Mrs. Robinson in the movie The Graduate.   The list of actresses, who inquired about playing the role of Mrs. Robinson, is impressive; Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn Ava Gardner and Joan Crawford.  Released in 1967 it tells the story of a college graduate seduced by an older woman.  In reality the actress Ann Bancroft was only six years older than Dustin Hoffman.  The concept however remains the same, an older sophisticated woman in her sexual prime pursuing exactly what she wants, in this particular case Dustin Hoffman.  The Graduate is one of the highest grossing films in the US.  Mrs. Robinson is the original cougar.

A more recent example might be Sex in The City’s glamorous Samantha Jones with her vast and sumptuous wardrobe, on a quest for no strings sexual adventure.vitranc_2362008102481_original

I looked up cougar in the Urban Dictionary and there are various identifications, but essentially the older women 35 – 40 seeking out her male prey, or “a chick that has her shit together’.  Please! She is a “woman that has her shit together”.  But yes we are finally on the right track.  I am not sure if the Cougar exclusively seeks out male prey, or that the would-be male prey do most of the writing on the Urban Dictionary, food for thought indeed.

The other iconic character that sprang to mind is the Evil Queen.  Excluding her unfortunate demise which I will address later, she is very appealing; dynamic, recently single, and financially independent, owns a kingdom, has great style and a fantastic wardrobe although not super varied.  Fabulous enough to be ranked number 10 in the Disney movie villain ranking system; she also owns her own castle.  A dinner date, with the Evil Queen or Snow White?  Please, is there really any question?  Obviously you may forgo actually eating, but beyond food, I have no doubt the Evil Queen would be an enthralling and seductive companion.The-Evil-Queen-disney-villains-19728237-500-375

I almost forgot to address the unfortunate demise of these fabulous femmes.  Mrs. Robinson didn’t exactly die a physical death but she was at the very least out maneuvered and out witted by young love.  Samantha and her inability to commit, spelling what spinsterhood?  Then the various cruel deaths of the Evil Queen depending on which version you go with.  Well enough I say.  Let us imagine that these women do not die tragically or live mourning the loss of a misspent youth.  Let us consider instead that these women of a certain age know exactly what they want and precisely how to get it.

There you have it.  I am certainly not running for the hills or prowling the city for prey, at least not until my next House of Hunt performance.  I would however appreciate a well maintained castle in a warm climate; I am at present well stocked on cloaks and happy with my crown.

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