These are the beautiful people in my life. These were the women when covid hit, and we were all starting to get on zoom, we would have a thursday night girls night out on zoom with of course a drink of our choice. I'm not a big drinker, sometimes I'd choose a red wine, however, alot of times I'd just choose chamomile tea. Anyhoo, enough about me, this post is a little about THEM.
We met at our girls' dance studio many years ago and as our girls are now all teens, we have a little more freedom, however, some of us have a little more teen angst with our girls as well and it's these women that I can talk to about everything going on.
These gorgeous souls decided we should have a brunch at my new studio, so several weeks ago, that's just what we did on a cold Sunday morning, we met at the studio for brunch and after a little champagne (oh yes I did!), I dressed them up and took their pictures.
I dressed them each in pieces from my client wardrobe and had them pose all which ways and they didn't truly understand the vision I had at the time, however, they just saw the end result, their editing images and they seem thrilled.
If it's one thing about my photos, I've learned, once I'm done editing and send them off, it's like sending off a piece of your heart and soul. You have a vision, you spend time creating not just at the studio with backgrounds, but getting the right emotion from your subject. You can never just tell someone to smile. They always smile with their mouth and not their soul. It...has...to...come...from...the...soul!
Once you're at the studio and get in front of the camera, you start to understand the process. It's at first a getting to know you phase and realizing what makes this person tick, what will make them laugh, confused, sad, emotional, etc. It helps to have a vision, however, sometimes, the mind goes blank, too.
For many sessions, I write things down and plan it out ahead of time, It's all part of my process as a professional. I never want to disappoint a client. Clients pay me for my vision, for my creations, for their experience with me, not just to shoot and burn some digitals. It's a "whole thing".
What style is the client looking for and do you think as an artist that their style is the way to go? Yes, they're paying you, Yes, it needs to match their style, but what if you level up a notch or two? That's what I'm here for.
So my dear friends, allowed me to get them dressed and in front of my camera and trusted the process. I'm so grateful. They've never seen me work before, it was like a take your friends to work day for me!
Honestly, how about these eyes? I have her dressed in a body suit and fabric wrapped around her for a skirt and this almond colored background seems to work on EVERYONE I put in front of it. It's one of my new favorite backdrops. She's a teacher, however, I'm not going to use any names here, I like to keep anonymity on behalf of my clients whenever possible.
Honestly, not sure which I love more from this one. I just love her eyes in these....And the hair...I wish i had HALF of the amount of hair!
And this one! Doesn't she look like she has a lot to tell you? The eyes are the way to really see a person, right?
Maybe that's why I love these women so much; I just need to look at them, and I know or atleast i THINK i know what they're thinking. There's such a wonderful connection here.
I'm so grateful for these gorgeous women in my life and that they allowed me to share what I do for a living with them.
They inspired me to get a project going for Women - we all deserve a great experience getting beautiful photos taken of us.
I just had a headshot day and one woman was so excited just showing her the photos on the back of my camera she was so excited and said she had such a great experience.
Agreed, pictures ARE a great experience! Enjoy life! Celebrate Life! I hope this has inspired you if not to get a nice photo of yourself taken, atleast to reach out to some friends and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. Kind of like the old Elton John Song, "I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is that you're in the world". No truer words spoken.
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