I recently invited my friend Aimee to my studio for a Beauty Portrait Session. She’s an awesome friend and I thought I would hook her up with a full pampered experience! We styled her hair, did her makeup, drank champange, and fitted her into some of the wonderful pinup inspired dresses I have on my rack! It was so fun to watch her amazing transformation! She felt amazing, and this was before she saw a single photograph! Aimee said ‘You have a knack for connecting with the person you’re photographing and especially for making them feel great during the process!’ The time we spent on the transformation was amazing, and I believe the power of that transformation extends well beyond when you leave my studio!
When we think of our self image, our beauty is not a stagnant thing but rather a scale that will fluxuate day by day. One day we are dressed to the nines for a party and feeling like a 9, another we are sick with the flu and had no idea we bore a resemblance to Gollum from Lord of the Rings! We know we have good hair days, and bad ones, and when we have a bad one we still remember how it looked on its best day and we think to ourselves ‘this is temporary. I know what it could be!’ And when we have an epic hair day, the entire scale of hair potential moves up from ‘8 on a good day’ to ‘wow, I just had a 9 hair do! I had no idea I could reach that pinnacle!’ And the same is true of your self image and a great portrait. It will elevate your entire self image long after the session is over! Every time you look at your amazing photograph you will be reminded of how brightly you can shine!
When you have an epic portrait made, you see how beautiful you really can be. Not because of photoshop. I use photoshop sparingly, and no I’m not going to digitally slim you 10 pounds, change your hair color, and take away your moles. I’m not going to make you look like a celebrity, I’m going to make you look like YOU. A very gorgeous version of YOU. If all the images we consume by the hundreds on the internet everyday have had the help of a professional touch, what does that do for our psyche? Seeing these false idols of beauty wrecks our self esteem and makes us wonder why that flash of us in the mirror on the way out of the bathroom is so different than the images we consume all day long. I’ve also seen the tabloids, and many horrible photos of famous people! If celebrities look like us regular folk (or worse) with naked faces and bad lighting, let me ask you this: have you ever wondered how you could look if you did get that star treatment? Maybe not the heavy photoshop crap that changes you, and renders you different, but how about pulling out all the stops with some fabulous makeup, flattering light, and most importantly the knowledge of a professional photographer with an eye for beauty?! Have you ever wondered just how fabulous you could look, today, without waiting to be ____ enough?
Having a portrait made is a declaration of your existence, but it is also so much more than that. In this modern world we live at least half our days in the Matrix. We are online, plugged in, consuming media most hours of the day, and all the while our little avatar/ profile picture of our kid rather than us is proving once more that we don’t really exist independent of others. I’m just his Mom, his wife, her sister, her daughter. Beyond proving to your great grandchildren that you existed, a fantastic photo of you actually makes you feel better about yourself! You just may look at your portrait and say ‘I had no idea I could look this good! Wow, I AM PRETTY!’ You just might find yourself strutting around the grocery store, even with the yoga pants and a naked face! Because you’ll know when you look at those magazines that those peaches got nothin’ on you but a glam squad and a brilliant photographer!
Let’s celebrate ourselves just as we are today! Exist in a photo, prove to yourself that you care about you, and have a fantastic photo made! Go ahead, indulge! Do it not just for you, but for the ones you love. They love to see you get all dolled up, and looking happy and confident! And when we do this, we will know our children are watching! Valuing yourself enough to have your portrait made sends a strong message to your kids that you believe you are worthy, and they ought to believe they are worthy too! Afterall they tend to model what you DO not what you say! When you spend time, and energy on yourself, you are leading by example and giving them one love language they can speak to declare their love for themselves in a healthy way! My son’s preschool taught him a song that has three verses. ‘I love YOU, there’s no doubt about it!’, ‘You love ME, there’s no doubt about it!’ and the third is ‘I love ME there’s no doubt about it!’ and I was absolutely thrilled that even at the preschool level we do what we can to instill self love in our kids. What better way to instill self love in our kids then by modeling self love behavior! Get a fabulous portrait made, let them see you spend the time and money on yourself. Hopefully this message of self valuation will resonate with them, even after you are gone! And they will always and forever have that amazing portrait of you to remind them of the values you instilled in them, about self love and everything else!
Check out Aimee’s amazing transformation below! When you’re ready to have your own butterfly moment, contact me and we’ll get the ball rolling for your awesome Beauty Portrait session!