Amanda is a friend of mine, a woman I am always impressed with. She is strong, intelligent, and beautiful. She's a great friend and a real role model. I could not have been happier for her and David when they told me about their little one on the way, due any time this month actually! I jumped at the chance to help her celebrate her pregnancy with a maternity session. The day started with Amanda's hair and makeup, done by Crystal Vazquez & Co.. After which, we utilized the huge windows and simplicity of the industrial spaces in Eastworks as our background, keeping the real focus on Amanda. And damn did she rock it! I don't want to sound cliche but she really does have the glow! With a couple of outfit changes, from lace robes to an evening gown, we created these images. I just hope they can communicate the grace and beauty that I saw in her that day, that I continuously see in my friend..
Beauty photography can be a lot of different things. Some have a narrow view of what it entails, like flawless, unmarked skin and perfect doe eyes next to a perfume or beauty product in a magazine. But we are all beautiful. Scars, Tattoos, Flyaway hairs.. it all comes together. These things tell a story. Our differences make us even more beautiful. The Freckles. Broad Shoulders. Extra Curves or a Slender Frame. Birthmarks. Photography can and should celebrate all of it. My hope is that I can always do that each time I'm able to photograph someone.
Here are a couple more images from my shoot with Anaise and Liz Washer (a continuation of my last blog post). We used a large navy GAP sweater, simple styling, a thunder grey background seamless, and a high contrast light in creating the images below. Anaise has such a beautiful, powerful gaze that, while looking through these photos for the twentieth time, I still find myself caught and and drawn in!
There are so many things I love to photograph, the very top of that list may be the iPhone photos of my Goldendoodle Bailey, and, also topping the list with weddings, is photographing editorial and beauty imagery. The photos below are from a recent shoot I did with my friend Liz (Liz Washer Makeup Artist) and Anaise (a fellow photographer who agreed to get in front of the camera for me). The focus here was on simplicity and on a comfortable kind of beauty... we had oversized sweaters and solid seamless backgrounds to match that idea.
Anaise doesn't identify as a model, though she is gorgeous. Being in front of the camera isn't something she is even used to, like most of us! So photographing her is this dramatic, editorial style is that much more interesting. Her features, especially her eyes, are so striking.. it's hard to avoid her gaze while scrolling down! Here are a couple of the photos from that shoot and I'll have a couple more for you on Tuesday!