I met her yesterday at a party. I asked her if I could take a few portraits of her because the second I saw her hair I knew it had to be shown off to the world. She told me she's got three different colors in her hair- purple at the base, and two different pinks for her curls. Don't you think she works those colors so well?
She said she's never posed for the camera before, and I told her she's basically a model now.
I seriously love these few pictures I got to take of her. I hope she sees how radiant she is in these.
The more I've learned how to genuinely pose myself in front of the camera, the more I want to help others do the same. Cameras can be so intimidating and it can be so easy to quickly point out our flaws (oh, maybe I'm the only one that does that?)-- but, anytime I take someone aside to take pictures of them, I hope they see a whole new them-- a confident them. Or maybe they just see something inside of them they'd missed seeing before.
I hope that anytime I'm done taking pictures with the women I photograph, they feel all the more confident in their physicality and style. I hope they can feel confident that I posed them simply and gently, so that their true strong selves come out in pictures.
I'm not saying we all don't have flaws, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded of our strength and beauty when it seems the world is screaming at us day and night to constantly be anxious over our flaws. If I can do that through my camera and interaction with my clients (or random party guests!), I think that's a beautiful thing and I'll sign up for it every single time.