what to expect

the self-love session

YOU WILL GET...


ENCOURAGEMENT & DIRECTION

I will gently lead you through poses, giving you guidance and feedback on body positioning and expression.


TIME FOR YOUR OWN SELf-CONNECTION

That said, when we’re in flow, there may be some natural silent moments. (Hi, nice to meet you; I’m an introvert.) Please do not be concerned about my occasional quietness; I promise this means good stuff is happening behind the lens. Use this time to groove to the music, relax, and have a moment to be in tune with yourself.


SPACE TO BE YOU & TO FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL

We will have time to play around and cover a wide range of emotions and “motivations” in our shoot. This is your opportunity to whip out that model move you’ve always fantasized about (so take it!), and my chance to incorporate any funky, new techniques I want to try. I shoot from the perspectives of artist, self-portraitist, voyeur, friend, and lover, meaning that the shoot will be silly, sexy, fun, emotional, experimental, and artsy, but most of all, authentic to you.

HOW TO PREPARE...

...YOUR WARDROBE...

The focus should be on you, not your clothing

Think basic items in neutral colors and a variety of textures

AND ANY LEVEL OF DRESS OR UNDRESS

...YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP...



FEEL LIKE YOU, WITH MAYBE A LITTLE “EXTRA”

My style of photography does not require professional hair and makeup. I want you to see the images and feel like you - not a dolled-up, unrecognizable version of yourself.


I recommend that you do what makes you happy - your normal, everyday look; a little added foundation, a bold lip, and extra mascara; or, your more gussied-up, “going out” version.


Same goes for your hair. Come in a messy bun, a loose braid, natural curls, or styled waves. Whatever feels the most you.


However, if you feel hopeless in this department, if the thought of doing your own hair & makeup for your photo shoot causes you any added stress or anxiety, or if you want your photos to be a little more glam than your natural look, I can help arrange for a

fantastic artist for an added fee. Let’s talk.

...YOUR BODY...


YOU DON’T NEED TO CHANGE A THING

If I have not made it abundantly clear yet: you do not need to change yourself in any way to be beautiful or photo-ready. You don’t need to gain or lose weight, you don’t need to spray on a tan, and you don’t need to follow conventional grooming routines if that’s not your thing. Have cystic acne? That’s fine; you’re still a beauty. Have body hair? Oh that’s right, you’re a mammal just like the rest of us. Have skin rolls, a prominent nose, or a small chest? Yeah, me too. Still gorgeous. You're not the first person I've photographed with stretch marks or breast operation scars, and you certainly won't be the last.


First of all, I’m going to photograph you in a flattering way - after we have a discussion about what that actually means to you about your own body. Second, I shoot from the perspective that every last ounce of you is perfectly delectable as-is. I am going to show you that the way the light skims across your skin is art, by its very nature.


HERE’S ALL I NEED YOU TO DO:

  • Get good sleep
  • Hydrate
  • Wear loose clothing to avoid red marks and indentations on your skin

MY Stance on editing and retouching...

WHAT I DO DO:

  • Artistic correction of color and contrast.
  • Subtle skin softening.
  • Remove blemishes and marks that shouldn’t otherwise be there. (In other words, don’t stress about that pesky zit that showed up the morning of the shoot.)
  • Pay attention to details during the shoot, like removing that hairband from your wrist and clearing out background distractions.

WHAT I DON'T DO:

  • Color shifts that dramatically change reality.
  • Smooth out every bump and wrinkle, giving you an artificial appearance. (But I also don't place you in harsh lighting that highlights skin texture to begin with.)
  • Change the size or shape of your body, or remove any permanent features.
  • Photoshop backgrounds or objects.

“I believe simplicity is sexy, Intimacy is divine, and truth and authenticity lead to the most captivating imagery.”