A lot of women, myself included, struggle with our body image. We always seem to compare ourselves to others, want to lose those last five pounds, and buy the latest and greatest beauty product that promises to take years off your face! We are bombarded with images and ads that show we aren’t enough unless we are skinny, strong, young, etc etc etc. It’s overwhelming. It’s destructive. And it’s time we stop paying attention to those things.
We need to do better, we need to celebrate our own beauty.
And I don’t just mean outer beauty. It’s not about how you look. We all have unique gifts to offer the world. We need to be proud of those gifts and show off what makes our souls unique and beautiful, not the package it comes in.
What does beauty have to do with photography, besides the obvious, you ask?
Because I don’t want to take photos of supermodels posing on the beach for Sports Illustrated. I want to capture you. I want to show you in your element. Are you a mom? I want to show what the life of a mom looks like. I want to show off what makes you beautiful. Whether that is your smile, your empathy, or your sense of humor. Documentary or photojournalistic photography, whatever term you want to use, is all about showing the beauty in every day. In your natural setting. In your element.
How does a documentary session accomplish this?
Starting small with a slice of life (one hour) or snapshot (two hours) session to document an activity you and your loved ones enjoy doing together. You get to have fun, laugh, and play. While you are doing these activities, your personality and beauty will shine through your photos. We will capture a moment in time for your to cherish forever.
If you and your partner have a weekly date night and love to grab pizza and beers, let me come along. You two can sit and talk, laugh, and decompress over your favorite pie. You can cheer to the weekend and I will capture it all. (Don’t worry I won’t take that photo of you laughing with food in your mouth – no one wants that.)
If you love to take your kids to the park and help them on the monkey bars, I can be there to record the look of determination on their face and pride on yours. I can capture the, “HEY MOM! Look! Look! MOM! MOM!!!” moments. Because we all know those moments will happen.
A half day in the life or day in the life session is all about showing off the beauty of your life. Yes, it may be messy and/or chaotic but there is beauty within those moments. I am there to record this moment of your life to remember in thirty years. What is your life like right now? Because it will never be the same again. Your kids will grow up and move on. You or your partner may develop a debilitating disease or illness. You never know so stop putting off making memories.
What does 5 or 10 hours of your life look like? What are your morning and evening routines? What is bath time like? Dinner time? What are the in-between quiet moments? How do you and your partner spend your Sunday? Do you go to church and come home to make breakfast? Do you lounge on the couch to sip coffee and read the newspaper? What about a Saturday with the kids? Is it up early to head to karate or soccer? What about naptime? Do they get a story? Do they ask for a million glasses of water? These are the moments in which you are most beautiful. Embrace them. Reflect on them. Remember them. And finally, record them.
What do you want to remember and look back on when you’re 87?
Don’t wait to make these moments until you think you look better. Forget about losing those last five pounds. Your family doesn’t care that you aren’t 135 pounds. They care that you are happy and smiling.
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