capturing the magic of you
confidence in front of the camera
flow, aliveness, truth
Our goal is to produce beautiful portrait images that are an authentic expression of you at your highest and best. Images that make you fall in love with yourself in a brand new way.
“But I get nervous in front of a camera! I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to BE! My photos always look fake or stupid.”
I get it. Almost everyone feels exactly the same way. We’re all trained from childhood to feel self-conscious and self-judging — and to hide behind masks. Step in front of the camera and most of us hide behind the fake smile. Or we pose, trying to look cool, calm and collected — detached and above it all. Me, I used to go all ninja and try to look invisible. “I’m not really here. Maybe the camera won’t notice me!” Or maybe we just run away from the whole experience. The resulting photos lack any sense of authentic engagement. I am continually saddened to see otherwise beautifully-executed portraits and headshots with a vacancy where this engagement could be.
We all want to feel confident in front of the camera. We all want photographs that genuinely capture the best of us. So what’s the secret?
The most important thing we can do in preparation for your portrait session is to get you connected to yourself and what truly inspires you. I call this your ‘essence’. It’s this connection to yourself — available at any time — that is the source of authentic confidence. And for that I have a little exercise for you before your session that is wonderfully affirming. In our pre-shoot consultations we’ll explore and connect to the wonderfulness that lies within you and what truly inspires you.
Then when you arrive for your photo session I’ll coach you and provide gentle direction. We’ll get you out of your head and into your heart and body. I like to think of the studio as both a playground and a celebration of you. It’s my job to create a supportive, playful space for you to express yourself and to capture beautiful images. Your only job is to simply show up and be yourself. My clients continually report they are surprised and delighted how much fun and freedom they experience in our time together. (Which results in beautiful photographs!)
what can a portrait be?
random reflections, questions and fragments
A selfie can capture a moment. A portrait can express a soul.
The goal is not just a pretty picture on your wall. The goal is you see yourself differently — bigger, deeper, with love. The goal is for you to fall in love with a bigger you.
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” Matt Hardy
Every woman was meant be free to explore, enjoy and express her own unique beauty without feeling pressure from inner critics, marketing campaigns or societal judgements.
Beauty is not a thing or a separable quality of a thing. It is a kind of relationship between things, the way things come together in a kind of harmonious wholeness. Beauty in a person is not a thing; it’s how all of you comes together.
What’s your favorite photograph of yourself? Why do you like it? What does it say about you? What does it mean to you? What are the hungers and aspirations that lie beneath the surface?
What’s your favorite photograph of your significant other? Why is this your favorite? What does this photo mean to you? Now imagine it’s 25 years from now and you’re holding that photo. What does it mean now?
“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” Annie Leibovitz
How deeply are you willing to fall in love with yourself?
For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions, but leaves something to the imagination.” Greg Gorman
Every photograph is a declaration: THIS — as if nothing exists outside the frame — THIS is what matters.
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. -Diane Arbus
A true photograph should be a provocation or an invitation.
A good photograph plays with tensions and oppositions — light and dark, soft and hard, glamorous and mundane, order and chaos, power and vulnerability. A good portrait plays with the tensions and oppositions that lie within the subject.
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” Paul Caonigro
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” Robert Frank
“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” Ralph Hattersley
“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a person’s life that reveal greater truths.” Anonymous
A true portrait calls you forth. It can be a call to return to our essential being and to stretch into our larger self. It can document a moment of presence (or absence) . It can shine forth an aspiration.