Many people ask what a portrait session with me is like and it’s hard to be able to sum up how the magic happens because each session is uniquely tailored to the subject and depends solely on the inspiration that comes. But I’ve always said that I view the world through shutter clicks in my mind– I see photographs before they happen, and everything to me, is beautiful. I try to capture the version of you that I see through my lens and I quickly tap into the subtle energy of your movements. My shutter finger clicks furiously as I aim to steal your soul for a little bit and translate it into the artful images I see in my mind. When I’m photographing you, I see in black and white, in saturated color, in dreamy light, sometimes in grainy film or in silhouettes. I notice the way your hair blows in the wind or the way your eyebrows raise when I ask you to think about someone special in your life—I make you laugh so that when someone sees the photo of you they can actually hear your giggling through the photograph. I want someone to know you intimately just by looking at my portraits of you. But most importantly, I want to show you how profoundly beautiful you are, just as you are, in this exact moment. I know this may seem like an advertising claim, but if you’ve ever thought about having a portrait session done, I do urge you to invest in one. Whether it’s with me or not, I think being able to have someone translate your unique soul into photographs is a powerful experience. Allowing yourself to be seen, not just by others, but ultimately by yourself, is a fabulous way to celebrate the amazing, wonderful, full of life, vibrant person that you are.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Thanks Bethany for being such a wonderful subject. You packed a bag full of of trinkets, scarves and dresses and look at what magic we created!