Fashion and Beauty Inspired Portraiture
Periodically, I photograph models. Most of the time, I photograph "everyday women". Many of the pictures that you see on my page are of everyday women. They are real people with real life going on all around them. They are mothers, singles, partners and have the grind of a daily jobs. They are twenty-somethings up though sixty-somethings (and sometimes older - age is not a barrier to finding beauty). If you look at an image and can't tell if she is an everyday woman or possibly a model, then I've done my job.
I love to create images that capture a woman's beauty. I want her to have images that she will cherish today as well as when she matures in life. I want her to have images that say to her children "I am beautiful" and "I believe in myself". Her images can teach her sons and daughters how to respect feminine beauty. Her partner will have pride in her. But, most of all, she will have pride in herself.
Valerie told me that she is proud of her gray hair. And she should be! She responded to my model call for people with gray hair to be photographed in beauty inspired images. She was a perfect selection!
You would think that the reason most women want to do a beauty or boudoir photo shoot is to give pictures to their significant other. Some do, but that's not usually what it's all about. They do it for themselves. You wouldn't think so, but it can be a life changer. It's amazing how it builds confidence. It can change how you perceive yourself.
Except for watching themselves practice in the studio mirrors, dancers rarely ever get to actually see themselves performing. A few lucky ones get to watch their performance when a video is professionally created.
While watching themselves in a studio mirror, dancers are focused on perfecting technique and not able to simply enjoy the beauty of their art. Plus, while in the studio, they only see themselves from their eye level vantage point. A still photograph removes those barriers and frees them to simply enjoy the art that they are creating. To see themselves from the perspective of an audience member that has the best seat in the house. They get to view their dance from varied camera angles, something they can't see in a mirror. Many artists, such as painters, get to admire their art as it's displayed in it's final form, but anyone that performs on a stage misses a lifetime of seeing the final form of their own art.
Dancers enjoy dancing, or they wouldn't dance. But think how much more they would reap the enjoyment if they could see the final form of their own art.
Enjoy the art that you work so hard to create. Enjoy it fully.
Dancer Credit: Chad and Marie Bursen
A lot of my clients want to shoot in public parks, but those aren't always the best option. Even though it can be hard to find green areas here in the Phoenix area, the green areas can tend to just become boring and flat in the background. Don't get me wrong, sometimes they are perfect for the look that you want, but I usually prefer something with architectural interest (some geometric lines) and textures in the background. Downtown can be a great area in certain places. Old, dilapidated buildings are my favorites (inside and out), but it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to gain access to them (everyone is afraid of the liability issues). Desert and mountain scenes can sometimes work for a certain look. A lot of places can work, but a lot of places just don't work. Always looking.
In the Images: Rachel Logan and Tye Starr
by Ron Brewer Images
This shot of Katie was recently made outdoors on a beautiful, sunny day, up in north Phoenix.
It's fun to head out with only a camera, one lens and someone to photograph. Sometimes I use flash outdoors to get a specific look, but it's great to travel lite like this. Arizona has very hot summers, so it's almost impossible to get good outdoor shots in the summer. Your subject gets sweaty very quickly, and that rarely is a look that I want. But for about 9 months of the year, we have great weather for outdoor shoots. And, nice weather can either mean a sunny day or a cloudy day. They each can give you a different kind of light to play with.
Model: Katie Marie
Yet, maybe it's not as fleeting as it is simply changing. You can find your beauty at any age. The fastest growing market in beauty and boudoir photography is the 50+ demographic. Yeah, 50+ years of age. If you feel like you are losing your beauty, then it's time to find it again.
I have photographed women that think they are unattractive as well as women that see themselves as beautiful. Interestingly, even the women that see themselves as beautiful usually have something about themselves that they don't like.
I find it even more interesting that the rest of the world usually doesn't see us in the same way that we see ourselves. We are convinced that everyone sees what we think are our flaws. We are usually much harder on ourselves than the rest of the world. Yet, we would never believe that. We are convinced. We think that everyone thinks our nose is too large, our ears stick out too much or _______ (insert here the thing that you don't like about yourself). But, it's rare if someone else even notices such things.
What freedom we would gain if we weren't so hard on ourselves. If we would stand back and get a realistic look at ourselves. But that's very hard to do. Often, it takes someone else to help us see that. I'm lucky enough to be in a position to help women do just that. Through beauty inspired portraiture, I help "everyday women" see themselves as beautiful. I help them start to believe in themselves. You can see the moment it happens. It's a wonderful transformation to witness.
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