Fashion and Beauty Inspired Portraiture
There are a lot of different ways to take maternity images, and so many of them create wonderful images for mom and baby. My approach is to create beauty inspired images, where the focus is on how beautiful a woman is at this special time of carrying her child. Often women don't feel very beautiful during pregnancy, but the beauty is there and can be captured in timeless images. When you are going through bodily changes and the day-to-day issues of pregnancy, it's just hard to feel beautiful. You just have to pause and let someone help you find it.
I captured this image of Sharlene about two weeks ago, and her little boy is due to meet the family in mid September. But, of course, mom already knows him well. This was their first portrait together.
Most people don't like how their face looks. At least that's what I often hear as a portrait photographer. They tell me that they don't like their nose, ears, lips, chin, roundness or whatever. So they want me to make that part of their face look better.
What I find interesting, is that the very thing that people don't like about their face is not a problem for anyone else that's looking at them. Others just can't see it. Everything looks good.
Psychologist Anna Rowley says that we are a fault-based society. We are taught from an early age to look for our faults to make them better. I agree with her. But so many people go to extremes when it comes to accepting how they look. They are overly self-critical.
You would be surprised at how even women that are physically stunning, still have issues with their looks. I've often asked such women when it was in their history that they realized they were beautiful, or did they just always believe it as such. I often hear that they believed they were literally ugly until some point in their lives. But many still had issues with specific things about how they look.
Perhaps my favorite part of portrait photography is being able to help people feel good about how they look. I"ll never forget the day when, after seeing her images, the young teenage girl said "Mom, I AM beautiful."
In recognition of National Dance Week 2015, I wish to "give back" to the dance community. I have the highest regard for dancers and the constant discipline they endure for the sake of their art. I can't express how much I enjoy photographing dancers, so I want to make a gift to a dancer (or dance couple).
In recognition of National Dance Week 2015, I am providing a free studio photo shoot session and 4 retouched, high resolution digital images from the shoot to an dancer (or a couple dance team). One of the images will be a head shot. The recipient may be an advanced dance student, pre-professional, professional dancer, a teacher of dance, or a studio owner. The recipient must be currently involved in dance. To apply, just send me a personal message on Facebook providing your name, where it is that you dance, and the kinds of dance that you are involved in, as well as any other information that you deem helpful. The application must be received by May 4, the end of National Dance Week. The photo shoot may be scheduled for a later date.
Congratulations to all of those involved in dance. Enjoy your week!
Every decade the Baby Boomers have redefined their world. so it's not at all surprising that beauty is being redefined for the mature generation.
The breaking market for beauty based photography is the 50+ demographic. Be it fashion or beauty inspired images or boudoir photography, this generation is determined to find their beauty as they mature and show it off. And the right photographers have never been more prepared to make that happen.
“Attitude and presence have a lot more to do with someone thinking that you are older than you are.”
~ Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton (54)
You can come off as beautiful as you want to be. Believe it. Do it. And then, let's make those beauty images of you. You will cherish them more and more as the years pass.
In fact, gray hair is the new rage!
"Simple is beautiful."
I don't know who authored this statement, but I do agree with it. Yet, the inverse may not always be as true. "Beauty is simple." Sometimes it seems that beauty. rather than being simple, is complex and even complicated.
Dr. Jean Robey shared with me today that her young daughter has a sweet happiness about her beauty and her son knows beauty as complicated. How true it is that beauty is different for each person, each subculture and each people group around the world.
Finding your own beauty and being comfortable in your own skin is an individual search that begins early in life and continues throughout life as our body and perspectives change with age. As we mature physically, we have to go back through the process of finding our beauty all over again. And we get to do this many times throughout life. Beauty is a moving target. And some experience an adult-onset of beauty, finding their beauty for the first time later in life.
It's always a nice discovery.
Your daughter should have images of the beautiful you.
Images that let her see your beauty? Images for her to remember you by and cherish forever? Images that teach her about the beauty to be found in every woman as well as herself. Images that say you can celebrate each other's beauty regardless of what happens in the everyday life that you share?
Each of these women are mothers of daughters. Each were photographed to celebrate their beauty. Now it's your turn. Call Ron Brewer Images today to schedule your session.
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