AUTHENTIC. Genuine. Real. YOU.
I will start this post by saying, I am not too sure whether this will be a wonderful opportunity or a complete flop. But I am going to pour my heart out anyway and see where we end up. I am taking a risk and hoping some of you will come along in this crazy journey with me. Over the past couple years, I have began to make a small dent in the senior photography community. It was when I found senior photography that my passion for images became clearer than ever. That was it! I finally found my niche. I couldn’t’ be more thankful for that realization. I find meaning in making teens feel beautiful and showing them the light that they have inside them through photos (I have 3 girls of my own and know how important their self worth is). Sometimes it takes seeing yourself from another person’s perspective to realize your inner beauty. It hasn’t ever been about the hair and makeup and “dolling” girls up to be something they are not. Those things were just a facilitator to help make each girl comfortable in their skin. To bring forward their best qualities so that they focused on the good. I still whole heartedly believe in these sessions and what they can do for a young woman’s self esteem. I love watching that transformation; because what I am really seeing ,when a teen turns around to see herself in the mirror, is not eyeshadow and lipstick, it’s confidence!
Somewhere along my journey of photographing these genuine, well rounded, talented young women, I longed to dig deeper into who they were at the core. I would come into their home and meet their parents, see them kid around with their younger siblings and love on their family pets and I would leave feeling so honored to be a witness to that. Human connection. Real life. Good and Bad and all the In Between. That made me wonder. What if I were to capture that?!
More photo sessions came and went. I met more great people and made wonderful memories with them. I was content with that. This thought of “digging deeper” faded as life sped forward. My everyday activities with friends, family, and business pushed this thought deeper into my mind, away from sight. That is, until I read a blog post that caught my attention and my heart strings. As I read this woman’s eloquent words (way more eloquent than mine), I felt something stir inside me that I had pushed down. Why haven’t I taken the risk to offer client’s something different? There is a one word answer for that question. FEAR. Fear of failure was stopping me. I knew that this new concept of photographing teens would not simply be a new business move but it would be an experience that would take something more than photography skills. Coming into someone’s home and photographing them in an authentic way takes a lot of trust. “So what if they don’t trust me?” “What if no one is interested in this?” “What if I fail?” Those and a million other questions flew through my mind in a matter of seconds.
Then a lightbulb came on! “What if they ARE interested?” and “What am I so scared of?”
I know that lifestyle sessions aren’t for everyone and that’s OK! But what about those of you who want to jump right in? To be captured authentically. So here it is. The end to a very long-winded post. I would love to offer all you ladies the chance to freeze your memories in time. To capture an authentic reflection of who you are right now, in this moment. It’s not overly complicated. It’s simple and beautiful. I will come to your home (most likely on a weekend) and capture you in your element. Imagine having an old friend over with a camera in hand to document all the perfectly imperfect moments of your day: From sipping on your favorite coffee mug at breakfast, to snuggling with your dog on the couch, to throwing your hair in a messy bun and taking a walk in your neighborhood or watching the sunset at your favorite beach. Those are the little things that you will hold dear when you are sitting in your dorm away from home. Those are the moments that we treasure yet seem so mundane and ordinary at the time. AUTHENTIC sessions are a way to artistically preserve those memories . The images will be photojournalistic in style and tell a story of who you are. The opportunity is there. Will you take a chance and be AUTHENTIC with me?
To learn more about AUTHENTIC sessions, please message me at email@example.com or use the contact form on this site. I am happy to give you details!