Why I do Portrait Photography

February 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

    I’ve been considering my values and identifying some goals for 2016 this past two weeks.  I’ve been asking myself why am I a portrait photographer?

    What comes to mind is the couple I photographed in my studio yesterday.  When I showed a few of the images on the back of my camera, she exclaimed, “Is that me?  Is that really me?”  She was amazed at how great she looked.  I couldn’t help but smile.  It felt great!  She was seeing herself in a totally new way!

    She reminded me; this is why I do this.  It is always my goal to help you see yourself in a new perspective.  When things go really well, you might even experience a transformation in the way you see yourself.

    A few years ago, when I was first photographing people, a friend and neighbor came to me for photos for her website.  Our goal was simple.  We only needed two small portrait images.  I didn’t have a studio space then, so we went outside and I took lots of photos.  The light was good, the background was good, but she didn’t look so good.  She didn’t look as good as I knew she could.  So we did it again.

    The second time we talked about hair and makeup and what color she would be wearing.  Then she came wearing a new color and with her hair more natural, bringing  several different lipstick choices.  We tried them and found the perfect one.  I learned the value of planning your session with you in advance.

    Our second session created so many great images we had trouble picking just two.  I remember her selecting six great images.  Her husband said it was the best picture of her he had ever seen!

    Even more remarkable, it was the beginning of a change in the way she saw herself.  These days, she proudly posts her photos on Facebook and always has a great smile!  Our time together pointed her in a new direction.  Of course, I do not claim but a small bit of credit, she did the real work of transforming herself.  I just know our photo session was part of her moving in a new and positive direction.

    I truly believe each of us can look wonderful.  The right combination of light and shadow as well as dressing appropriately.  My job as your photographer is to help you feel your best, to be confident in front of the camera and lastly to create images which show your genuine attractiveness.

    It all starts with a consultation so I can get to know you!


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