On Being Natural

Getting a good expression can’t be practiced. I know you all have that bathroom mirror look honed to perfection, but that hardly works in a portrait. You’d be surprised what people think looks “sexy”. In reality, it boils down to being yourself and letting go.

The beauty of being yourself is that there’s no one else to compare yourself to. But what if you can’t be yourself? What if it’s too hard to let go? What if you have a million judgements about yourself? Well, being yourself isn’t as hard as you think. And honestly, it’s my job to let you become yourself in front of the camera.

If you’ve shot with me before, you know that most of the time I’m bumping my head into the light stand, forgetting to take off my lens cap, and trying to figure out how the lights work. All this glamour you see in the final images isn’t really going on during the shoot. But it isn’t about being fancy. It’s about being real. And that’s what I want you to keep in mind when you book a session with me. This is about who you are, not about who you want to be.

I see beauty in everyone who steps foot through my door and I know how to get that into my camera. All you have to do is let go and have a good time. I’ll direct and pose you and the rest just comes naturally.

The girl in the image is Brittany. I’ve gotten to know her over the course of a few sessions and it’s amazing to me the transformation that happens after each of our shoots. Her confidence and self esteem always go way up. It’s an amazing feeling to see images of yourself that you didn’t think were possible.

Don’t let your inner dialogue keep you from booking a session. Just let go and let me do the rest. It could be the best thing you’ve done for yourself all year.