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My Superpower: Seeing Your Beauty
People have all sorts of talents. Mine just so happens to be seeing the beauty in the people around me. I’ve always had an eye for photography. Ever since I was little, I would “see” in photographs. This just means that when I look around the world, I see everything in terms of how it would photograph. When I’m out driving around I’m usually staring at the landscape go by and saying things to myself like, “Oooo that light through those trees would photograph beautifully,” or “That composition looks really nice!” I just can’t turn it off, although I have to admit I don’t try very hard. It’s part of who I am and I love it.
As I got older and began to come into my own as a woman, I realized just how self conscious people tend to be – even men! We all have those moments of self doubt where we look in the mirror and ask ourselves all kinds of self deprecating questions. I began to see people in a new light. I wanted to show people how truly beautiful they are. I wanted to give them confidence. Women tend to be very hard on one another and I wanted to try to remedy that in any way I could. You really notice it when you start to compliment strangers. Every time I go to the grocery store, I always try to compliment at least one person. I remember the first time I did this, I saw a woman who had a lovely shade of reddish, brown hair. I told her as much and at first she looked wary and taken aback but then her eyes lit up when she saw I was genuine and she gave me the most radiant smile.
Being a photographer, I get to show people their beauty and stoke their confidence as part of my job. I ask them the most important question of all, “How do you want to be photographed?” I get all sorts of answers but the bottom line with all of them is a) they want to feel like the best version of themselves and b) they want to feel beautiful – whether this means light makeup and their favorite casual outfit or a smoky eye and a ball gown – it doesn’t matter!
One of the reasons I love portraiture so much is that it means something different to everyone. To me it means instilling confidence and pulling out your true self. But to others it could mean…
A new personal branding session for your business or updated head shots.
A new milestone in your life, like a 30th birthday, or a sweet 16…50th birthday, 60th birthday…ANY birthday!
A mother daughter portrait shoot.
Capturing the love between you and your spouse.
The reasons are endless and why you do it is entirely personal.
Seeing your beauty is my superpower. Think you’re not photogenic? Wrong. There is no such thing as not being photogenic. You just have to find the right photographer. Think you need to lose weight before you exist in photographs? Wrong. Don’t let time fly by without getting your photos taken. I’m an expert at posing you and I challenge you to see what I can create for you. Think you’re too old? Definitely wrong. Old is a state of mind. Tell me how you see yourself and I’ll show you beautiful images of you you’ll want to take home, frame and gift to everyone you love!