Laura found me on a Google search and told me that she loved the portraits she found there. “I’m looking for a special gift for my boyfriend, a man who has everything”, she told me in our initial consultation.
“You’ve come to the perfect place!”, I told her. “Women’s portraiture is a specialty of mine.” And I’m talking about women of all ages and sizes. So many women I photograph are in the 50+ demographic, including Laura, believe it or not!
We proceeded to discuss over the phone how she wanted to be photographed, how she planned to use the pictures, wardrobe choices for the shoot and my overall process.
This was going to be fun! We were both excited for the photoshoot.
The day of the shoot had arrived.
Laura showed up with several outfits, like I suggested. While my fabulous hair and makeup artist, Nikki Reign of Studio Facade, was setting up, Laura and I went through the clothes she brought.
“Which outfit is your favorite, that you feel the most attractive and sexy in?”, I asked her. She pointed out a few and I agreed that they would read well in the photographs.
“We’ll use those”, I said, and proceeded to match them up with my different backdrops as Laura and Nikki got to work on Laura’s makeup, chatting and with the music playing in the background.
We planned three different “looks” for Laura. A natural look in the window light with natural makeup and lighter toned clothes:
Then a bit of a darker makeup look in the natural light and black backdrop:
And lastly, a “smokey eye” with her wearing sexy black attire and an open leather coat in my dark grey backdrop and professional lighting:
Laura worked the camera with expression like a champ as I guided her through the shoot. Her excitement grew as I showed her the back of the camera from time to time and as she warmed up to the experience. We ended up shooting for longer than anticipated because we were having so much fun.
I sent Laura the gallery afterwards and she exclaimed “the photos are fabulous!” and proceeded to order several. She printed out two for immediate gifts for her boyfriend, then had me make two albums for him, with promises for more purchases in the future.
Later she told me that he got tears in his eyes when she gifted him with the first prints – awwww, that made my day!