Fashion and Beauty Inspired Portraiture
"There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish."
Warren Bennis understands my purpose as a dance photographer.
Ron Brewer Images
A sentence can be constructed with perfect grammar, but it may not be a beautiful statement that is a work of art. It may be boring. For it to be memorable, an author must artfully select the words and place them together so that they pull at your emotions. It's the same when it comes to a photographer capturing your beauty in a photograph.
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
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