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!

 

 

 

The Perry Family

We are glamour and boudoir portrait photographers BUT sometimes…..yes…..we do families. And this is a family that is dear to my heart, she’s my sister! Yes we don’t always do family sessions, but when we do they are gorgeous!

I have grown to love capturing images in the evening sun. Whether it be the sun beams, a backdrop of the sun in the image or back lit  I think they all make beautiful images. I absolutely love the warmth this kind of ‘golden hour’ sun gives. And for this family to be able to have these images  forever will be absolutely awesome. This was a fun session and it makes me more open to doing more 🙂

 

Interesting ideas

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This image!

We had a client recently, she was a lovely lady. We had our pre-consultation with her and it was a great conversation. She told us why she needed this and about her life at home with you 2 young children and up coming wedding. We could not wait to make this session happen for her.

In her words ‘she needed this’. Then she began giving us some of her ideas for the session. Most of them were similar to previous sessions. But then she mentioned her love of bow hunting.

She has been an avid hunter for several years (which I find fascinating, not a common practice for women). But it’s something she did and thoroughly enjoyed. Then she told us she really wanted a sexy photo that she could express this side of her in and she definitely wanted her prized possession in it……her bow!

At first my partner and I kinda gave each other that look. If you have a business partner, you know what look. The one where we try not to be obvious but buy each others LOOK we know what they are thinking and we were both thinking ‘what will we do with that?’.

But our client had an idea. She told us the look she was after and we shot it for her. We got this gorgeous image. It is not one I would have thought I would like but I actually love it!

It shows a gorgeous sexy woman who loves something that is typically a man’s thang and she owned it! She made this bow look sleek and sexy and all her. EMPOWERING! That is what we love about doing what we do. Empowering our clients and showing off their best selves.

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Lord, please help us……..

I am going to go off my usual topic here. I just want to say how completely upset and concerned I am for this United States of America our once great nation. First though, I must admit I AM A FACEBOOK COMMENT READER!. There I said it and I’m not ashamed. I don’t often participate but I read them and I read a lot of them. Even the replies to the replies of replies, yep, I dig that deep. This is a time passing exercise I have been partaking in for a few years now. It is some of the best cheap entertainment there is! I will read and sit in amazement of people on a daily basis.

Now here is my concern. I used to read these comments along with the back and forth banter and get a laugh out of different, off the wall things people say. Arguments back and forth of folks trying to be heard or backing a particular stance that was made and for the most part I would have to dig pretty deep in a very controversial post to find a truly heated and angry, knife throwing fight. But something has shifted. As I read now, on even the seemingly most innocent of posts all I see is HATE. It’s hate revolving around race, religion, freedoms, financial status, hair color, mental capacities, location and the list goes on and on and on and on and………..you get my drift now.

People are hating everyone around them because they are different. What I see are people trying with all their might to make others believe in or think exactly like them. They will use hate filled words, profanity and name calling to get their point across and if they don’t see eye to eye well, there it is, HATE rears it’s ugly head. We disagree; therefore, we must hate one another.

As I read it seems to me that people have become so SELF aware,SELF oriented and SELF involved that they can’t see past the nose on their face in order to feel or even attempt to understand anyone else. It has turned into a forum not for fun or mild disagreement or just to learn about what is out there but for making you believe how I believe. In the back of my mind I’m hoping some of it would never happen in a face to face confrontation. I think the safety of being on a computer in our living room gives us a little more courage to behave so badly. But all the anger I see and read can’t be contained for too long before it explodes out of the computer.

I do not understand why we can’t see each other as different, unique and important. Each an every one of us on this planet is here for a purpose (and it’s not to make us all morph into basically the same person). We have differences, we don’t have the same beliefs, upbringing, religion or even country. But do our differences mean we have to hate? Racial and religious tensions in this country are higher than I have seen in my lifetime (and I’m almost 1/2 a century old!!). It seems like only a matter of time before this country is completely divided once again, history repeating itself just one more time.

We as a human race have got to stop the hate and replace it with LOVE! Political correctness and tolerance seem to have done nothing but make tensions worse. We need to move beyond that and freaking LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR! If we could only figure this out. This is one thing I would like for us all to have in common! Just think if we love one another like we should, we could have that disagreement and it would be okay. What’s more, if I love you I will do my best NOT to hurt you. I will take your feelings and your needs into consideration. I will think of what my words or action are doing to you. I won’t degrade you, call you names or demand things from you that you aren’t willing to give.

It breaks my heart to see this great country treating each other so horribly after all, this country is just that….a melting pot of differences and part of what make it so amazing. The hate going on is toxic and creating so much separation that I worry it can never be overcome. I have 2 teen daughters and I fear a sad and dismal future for them if we can’t, as a nation, turn off all of this hate. I pray I do my part. I pray for my family, I pray for you my neighbor and my brother. I pray for your well being and safety and as for this wonderful country, I do pray that the Lord help us!!

I know this blog content has nothing to do with portrait photography, but I do hope it gives you some insight into me as the photographer and for what we believe as a business. If you like it, let us know. Comment below and give me your thoughts. I really wonder if I’m alone in my thinking (if I am it’s okay, I still love you!). Visit our website and check out our business, you’ll love it! Thanks for reading 🙂

Head shot, smed shot

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Head shots don’t have to boring do they?? And does it have to be just your head representing who you are?? This is something I have been wondering. Most often I see a head shot on a business card and they look like they are in an adult version of the old high school yearbook. They are so simple, plain, boring and it seems the business person in the image would rather be ANYWHERE than taking that photo, and from the looks of it I don’t blame them! What’s wrong with a photograph of a professional looking fun and actually being fun in the process? This is Kristi. She is an area Realtor. She came to us needing new images to update her business cards. We gave her a makeover and shot away and she looks absolutely gorgeous and she is! We gave her these as a couple of choices for her new card. I think they represent exactly who she is. She is a confident, strong and beautiful woman and these photos show anyone who looks at them exactly that. I love shooting images like this and it gives me the warm fuzzies (okay I have been known to tear up) when when women the images we create. They love them! And we love them too. When I need a new photo for a business card THIS is the kind of image I want. I don’t want to look stuffy and bored. Give me fun and bubbly, let the beauty shine through.

Boudoir……..it’s not about sex!

Let me just speak my mind a little bit here…..

Yes, we do boudoir photo shoots. Yes, women are in gorgeous underwear. And yes, the photos are taken in a bedroom BUT it is not about sex.

Okay, the images do turn out beautiful and sexy but that is just an added bonus. The boudoir session is about each and every lovely lady that chooses to do one, individually. The images we take are classy, tasteful and all about empowering our client. They are not porn or dirty in any way or form. They are uplifting, confidence building and totally fun.

I am very discouraged by the bias many people have that these sessions are in someway “dirty”. I don’t want to have anything to do with “dirty”. I’m a wife and mom of 2 teenage daughters, there is no way I want to be a part of something that exploits anyone. Each woman we photograph leaves us completely happy with her choice. We don’t share photos unless the client signs a waiver saying they are okay with it. Even then we will only share ones that I wouldn’t mind my teens seeing and only for the purpose of showing our portfolio to potential clients.

It’s all about the beautiful women in the images. It’s all about seeing their gorgeous faces in astonishment and joy of the beauty they see in the image. Their, “is that me??”, reaction is priceless and is the reason we absolutely love doing these sessions. I can’t begin to explain the emotion we have for each of our clients. It’s just inspiring and it is a pleasure to be a part of each and every one of the journeys to beauty these women have.

Each session is taylored to the individual needs and expectations of our clients. We begin with the inquiry. Our goal is to meet each client before any money exchanges hands. We like to get to know them, listen to them, suggest to them and get a really good idea of what they want and expect from their session. By the time we are doing makeup and getting ready for the shoot we know them and they know us. We guide them through the entire process. We want each woman as comfortable as possible, giving them an awesome experience and beautiful images. They are able to go through and choose images that they want and nothing they don’t. It’s all about the individual.

Our work is all about the client and making her as happy as we can. It’s not about sex, it’s about each person and their experience of this journey to the confident and empowered woman. From the working mom, to the stay at home mom, to the medical professional, to the lawyer and each and every woman in between that wants this experience, that is who we want to shoot. ANY woman is the perfect woman for a boudoir session. Each and every woman IS beautiful.

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