Loving what you do

My friend and I started this business 4 years ago out of an experience she had. She had finally decided she wanted to do something for herself. Something completely unlike her but she wanted the experience. 

She wanted to get some gorgeous images of herself to have later in life and hoped to get an experience all about her, one she would be excited to describe to everyone she knows.

Well, she scheduled her appointment and had her session and it was………absolutely awful!

She arrived at the location and instead of an elegant, beautiful place it was cold and uninviting. Cold brick walls and a less than appealing bathroom to change in. She had her hair and makeup done prior and was ready to have her session. But THIS was NOT what she had expected.

The photographer did not engage her. She didn’t show her that she cared at all about her and what she was doing. My friend posed as she was told, made expressions she thought would look good and made it through her session. 

In the end, she hated her images. She felt nothing for them. She thought her face looked old and unhappy. They were absolutely not living up to her expectations. Needless to say, she didn’t purchase  a single image!

And THAT is where we began. She described her experience to me and how disappointed she was, then she said “we could do this!” So we began planning!

Between my photography skills and her makeup skills, we succeeded! We made our business to revolve around our clients. We do for them in every way. We love our clients and we show it. We love what we do and we show it. We love the way we make our clients feel and THEY show it. It is written on the face of each of their images.

THAT is what my friend wanted. THAT is what we give our clients. THAT is what we can do for you!

Let’s meet the mom!

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This is the mom! Her name is Jennifer. She is a mom, sister, friend, wife, daughter, aunt and is just like any other woman out there in the world, just like you. She has a full time job working with kids and yes she is a special woman.

She spends her day working with and helping teach a room full of young kids then goes home to be with her own. She wants the best for her family and herself. She lives each day for others. She focuses on others’ needs and rarely on herself.

She came to us because she needed and wanted something for herself. Something that made her FEEL like the beautiful woman she is.

We did just that for her. We doted on her and gave her the experience of a day just for her! We got her in our makeup chair and went to work. She was like a model being prepared for a magazine shoot.

We gave her pampering like she has never had. We gave her a beautiful makeover and had some fun doing it. She talked with us about her life and we could see how much she does for everyone else and that made us all the more excited to be able to give this to her.

After about 45 minutes of makeup and laughs we started her session……(Lights, Camera, Action (sort of). Move, this way, look that way, wear this, smile, breathe, relax and let us coach you into the perfect position and we did!

She did so well and loved it so much she glowed! Her smile lit up the room and we made some fabulous images. We also gave her some fabulous memories, both of which will last her lifetime and beyond.

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This is the mom! Her name is Jennifer. She is a mom, sister, friend, wife, daughter, aunt and is just like any other woman out there in the world, just like you. She has a full time job working with kids and yes she is a special woman!

 

 

 

Here today and gone tomorrow

Here today and gone tomorrow…….

 

The day I took these images I was focused on getting some beautiful images of a local Senior in High School. I was set on getting images that she and her mother would absolutely love and will cherish forever.
 Earlier in the week I had passed this awesome field completely overflowing with this gorgeous red flower clover. All I could think of were images of a beautiful young lady with a glorious sun as a back light. I had my senior and I went for the field.
I was able to get the shot that I had in my head and my clients loved the results. They got some wonderful images in the field and I can’t wait to shoot there again.
About 2 weeks after I captured these images I drove back by that field that had these amazing flowers and the red was completely gone. All that remained was the field of green and where the flowers had been only brown. All that beauty gone so quickly.
As I look back at these images it makes me think and compare that field to the life of this young woman and her mom. During this time of graduation it makes a mom ponder.
She was born as the light of her mom’s life. Her mom loved her and raised her and taught her values that she would need to live her life and grow to raise another as she was raised. But all too quickly the time comes that they leave us.
Like this beautiful field of flowers they are given to us to enjoy and watch. We can only hope as they leave us that we have done what we need to do as parents. That we have given our kids all the information and guidance that they will need to continue on their journey as they make their own way.
It is a time of pride and joy, but also a time of sadness. As my daughter also graduates and leaves the proverbial nest these are my thoughts and prayers.

 

#Existinphotographs!

“Oh I would love to have a session with you but……….. I need to lose 20 pounds, I need to gather up the courage, I need to get more money together, I hate the way I look in photographs, I don’t need any images of myself.”

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We have heard excuse after excuse that people offer up to keep from scheduling a shoot with us. And I am certain there are many others to come, but I want to say that none of them are excuse enough.

I say we as women need to EXIST IN PHOTOS!  We take pictures of our kids, of our parents, of our spouses and pets, yet we miss out on the idea that we need to be in the images too.

Have you ever thought of what you are leaving behind? Have you ever thought of how it will feel when you are 10 years older, 20 years older or even 50 years older and you look back to find so very few images of the younger versions of you?

Have you thought about what it will be like when you are older and have so little to show your kids and grand kids about how you used to be? So little to show your progression in age, of how you became the you that you will be.

It is time for us to EXIST IN PHOTOS! Your family, your kids, your grand kids and even you deserve to have images with you in them. You all deserve to have absolutely beautiful and gorgeous images of YOU!

There is no need to loose that weight you THINK that you need to loose. You are a thing of beauty as you are. You don’t need to gather courage, you are strong and confident and we will help you. You don’t need more money, we offer payment plans for that. You may hate the way you look, but I promise we can make you love the way you look in your images. You may not thing you need images of yourself, but you do and so does your family.

Your family and you deserve to have images of you that you love. And later when you are older you will have that priceless portrait of YOU in all your beauty. You can have it to show kids and grand kids and even more importantly than that, your family will have those images to cherish for a lifetime once you are gone. This is the most priceless aspect of beautiful images.

It is the emotion behind them. The love that can be shown and held there for many lifetimes to come. Images of those we love are priceless, why else would you take all the phone images you do? Why else would it be so traumatic to lose those pictures when a computer or phone fails? These reasons are also why it is so important to have an actual physical portrait. Something that can’t be lost to a virus infected computer. A beautiful portrait on the wall to show off for a lifetime.

There are so many reasons to get beautiful images of you and to #EXISTINPHOTOGRAPHS, so what exactly are you waiting for? What is your excuse?

Well, that is not a good enough reason. Just do it and EXIST IN PHOTOS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can you get from a boudoir or glamour portrait session?

Okay we have all felt it. We wake up put on our big girl panties go take a look in the mirror and there it is………the girl that you are just looks back as a girl you don’t like. One you see as a boring, everyday, dumpy feeling girl next door and you don’t really like her. I hate to say but I would bet that women have more days of that feeling than the one where you wake up, look at yourself and know that you ARE THE BOMB!

We all have so many of those days and we deserve better! We deserve a day to get up, forget about the everyday activities of life and be pampered and feel good about well…..us.

This feeling is exactly the thing we love to tackle in our business. We photograph women in all walks of life, from waitress, to secretary, to business professional, to stay at home moms. Regardless of their  lifestyle, each woman we get has the same issues. These are all gorgeous women. But each one of them has something or even a lot of things they just do not like about themselves. Or they have been so busy on a day to day basis that they are never even able to dress their best or put on the makeup they know makes them look super hot!

That’s where we come in. The moment you make contact with us we are all about you. We meet you and get to know you. We see our clients as soon to be friends. We want to know what makes you exactly who you are. This way we can give you super service and give you exactly what you are looking for. We are there for you along the entire process. You can call or text us with anything you need to get ready. We will even help you with wardrobe should you need it. We want your session to be perfect for YOU!

On the day of the session as soon as you meet us you hop right into the makeup chair. We give you a look that you will love, whether it be a dark and sultry smokey eye or the more natural and airy look some women prefer. Either way, we will give you your best look for the camera (including some gorgeous eyelashes). We know what it takes to get that awesome shot! We will give your hair a bouncy lift or flowing curls for beautiful locks no matter the length.

Once hair and makeup are done we move to you first outfit and start your session. This is the point where if we do our very best to get you to relax and let us work. We will pose you from head to toe. No need for you to worry or stress because we got you!

This is an experience like no other and gives you absolutely gorgeous images. These images are something you will have for a lifetime. Anytime you are feeling less that perfect or in that dumpy feeling moment, just pull these beautiful images out and look at the gorgeous person you are! You will look at them and KNOW what a little love for yourself can do! So go ahead, do it! Contact us and let us do that for you. Let us give you this gift of a lifetime, you deserve it!                                     Fort Smith Glamour photographerAfterFort Smith Photographer