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“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
 -Annie Leibovitz

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately (which quite frankly, I could stand to do LESS of) and my latest pondering is just how much so many people hate having their picture taken. That hurdle makes my job sooooo daunting sometimes. Not only do I have to know how to take creative and technically adept pictures, how to pose my subjects in the most flattering ways, how to elicit emotion, and how to present my final images in a beautiful and cohesive package, but I also have to know how to motivate people to actually let me look at them. It’s hard.

It’s so cliche to say that I only see beauty when I look through that lens, but it’s actually true.
I don’t see big butts and guts and crooked noses and messy hair like you all think that I do. I don’t see your flaws and faults and mistakes and misgivings…at least not in the way that you think I might. I don’t see reasons for you to hide from your family, your friends nor the world.

I see light, and laughter and life. I see love, and hope, and determination. I see connections and memories and stories, and I see all of the little details that make each and every one of  you unique.
I see how much you love your kids, your spouse, your dog, your horse. I see the moments that twenty years from now you will be so happy that you have proof of in pictures.

As parents, many of you are enthusiastic about booking sessions for your children and pets because their time to be little and young is so fleeting. But what about YOU? What about the role that you play in other beings lives? What about YOUR connection to them? I hear a lot of
“I don’t want to be in the pictures” or “nobody wants to look at me” or “I didn’t come dressed for this.” As I am listening to all of these objections, on the flip side I am witnessing my friends look frantically through old boxes to find images that include Parents, Aunts & Uncles, Grandparents…only to come up very shorthanded and very very sad.

So, my challenge for all of you is to look at yourselves the way that I do: unique, gorgeous, alive and free. And look at yourselves the way that your children and pets do: through loving, kind and unconditional eyes. We don’t care if you showed up for the session in a MuMu…just get in the damn picture already and make some memories.

A very special thank you to this Mom & Dad who showed up fearless and ready to rock ‘n roll.
Now booking families, seniors, dogs and horses! Call me.

 

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