When the opportunity knocked at my door late last year to photograph a woman in a fashion inspired shoot, on location, out in the country, Spell Designs inspired… I did a little happy dance. Ok, I did more of a little happy dance, I actually shouted HELL YES! And quickly got to work organising this dream shoot.
In fact, I was a little more excited to learn that I was not working with a professional model. But in fact, a gorgeous woman with no prior modelling experience. One that was keen to embrace this shoot with an open heart, one that had to fight through nerves of the unknown and doubt to embrace who she is at this very moment.
These are my favourite women to photograph in any form; be it a ‘model for a day’ session all the way to business branding headshots.
She is nervous and unsure of herself. Scared to come face to face with a photograph of herself. I love watching these women grow more confident in their beauty as the shoot goes on.
That initial nervous feeling that has keep many women away from getting their portraits taken is what I fight against everyday. I always said to my husband; If I could clone myself I would get portraits done once a year. Because I trust my skill as a photographer to capture the beauty I see in front of me. I have yet to find another photographer in my state that I feel comfortable enough with to capture these portraits for me. And I wonder to myself how many women out their would love portraits of themselves, with their families, business headshots or even to capture heirlooms for their kids, and their kids. But have not been able to find the right photographer. So years go by and they still don’t have these portraits. A lot can happen in a year…
I actually asked my mother this same question. As she has never used a professional photographer in her life (except for a amateur photographer they hired for their wedding photos). My bother and I don’t have professional family portraits of when we were kids. We may have the occasional snapshot taken by mum or dad on film. But nothing I could hang on the walls as my past, and heirloom for my children.
So when a woman sends through an enquiry, I get so excited that I can lock this moment in time for her. Something she will gift to her lover, partner, husband, children and for herself. Even if she using the images for her business or keeps her images in a draw. One day she will look at them and be thankful they are there.
Anyways, back to the original post: ‘The gorgeous Jodie and her Fashion Inspired Portraits!’
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