8 Things You'll Get From Having Your Portrait Taken That Will Surprise You
Sep 7, 2020 | By: Laurie Brown
When you go searching on Google for photographers near you, it’s usually because you NEED a photo.
Whether it's to update your headshot for LinkedIn or you’re on the hunt for a family photographer because the kids have grown a foot since your last portrait together, usually it's more about utility than fun.
The mere idea of having your picture taken brings back memories that you'd rather forget.
Back in grade 8, the school photographer sat you on a chair, snapped two photos before you were ready, and hurried you out for the next student.
Then there was the family photo shoot that you had high hopes for, but all you see is the stress on your face after getting the kids and husband ready and barely having time to brush your own teeth.
It’s rarely perceived as a FUN experience, but it absolutely can be fun, you just might be surprised!
Having worked as a professional photographer in Calgary for several years, I have firsthand experience with the pleasant surprises that clients discover during their portrait experience with me.
YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW HOW TO POSE
That's MY job! I've spent years studying posing techniques for all body types.
I will guide you through every movement, down to your pinky finger.
I'm always looking for your best angle so you don't need to worry about it at all!
YOU DON'T NEED NEW CLOTHES
I've got you.
Glamour means something different to everyone. You don't need to bring anything fancy if that's not your style!
Gorgeous portraits are all about you, not what you're wearing. That said, I will help you discover your style and shop your own closet for the perfect outfits to wear to your portrait session.
I also have a few pieces in my studio that you can borrow to create a whole new look.
For my sessions, I recommend bringing 5-6 different outfits so we can capture all aspects of your personality. You can get the perfect headshot, a sexy boudoir image and a new family portrait in the same session - it's all about planning ahead with my help!
I wrote a blog on What to Wear - it's easier than you think!
YOU'LL LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOUR PHOTO TAKEN
The experience starts way before I photograph you.
We will chat about how you dream of being photographed, share ideas on Pinterest and I will send you a Beauty Guide in the mail (who doesn't love snail mail?!?).
All you need to do is show up, ready to be pampered with a glamourous makeover!
Wear your favourite slippers and a comfy robe if you want!
YOU'LL FEEL MORE CONFIDENT THAN EVER BEFORE
Seeing photos of yourself can really affect your self-esteem.
Believe me, I get it! Why do I always get tagged on Facebook when my third chin is showing? Or the dreaded muffin-top? Yikes! Those bad angles can really drag down your confidence, am I right?
On the other side, when your BEST angle is captured along with a natural expression, WATCH OUT! Beyonce, step aside, a new diva is born!
As a glamour photographer who mainly photographs women over the age of 35, I personally witness an insane transformation in the women I photograph that happens over the span of an hour or two.
You might show up with a stomach full of butterflies, but by the time you leave you are FULL of confidence.
It's my goal with everyone I photograph to make them feel like the most beautiful person in the world!
YOU'RE PHOTOGENIC RIGHT NOW
I have been working as a professional photographer in Calgary for years.
I hear excuses all the time:
I need to lose weight first;
I'm too old;
I'm not photogenic;
I've never liked a photo of myself.
Maybe it's hard to believe, but after your portrait session with me, you will LOVE photos of yourself!
Being photogenic has more to do with who is TAKING the photo rather than who is IN the photo.
Everyone I photograph is "photogenic".
You don't need to lose any weight.
You don't need to be 25 years old to have beautiful portraits of yourself that you love.
You may have never liked a photo of yourself, but I'll show you so many photos of you that you LOVE that it will be hard to choose!
YOU'LL INSPIRE OTHERS
You'd be happy just having photos of yourself that you love.
But, when you realize that you've inspired someone else who was "too old", "too fat", "too unphotogenic" to be worthy of glamourous photographs, you'll feel a whole new level of awesome.
There are so many benefits to stepping outside of your comfort zone, but one of the most unexpected is that YOU will inspire someone else. Watching you embrace your authentic self catches the attention of others who have the same struggles and it gives them hope that they can have what you've experienced.
It's possibly the most empowering part of the whole experience.
YOU'LL WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!
This is possibly the biggest surprise to people who have never loved having their photo taken. But once you see yourself like a magazine cover model, it can be kind of addictive!
Your limits have been expanded, you pushed outside of your comfort zone and found that you could go further next time.
Maybe this time was headshots or family portraits but next time you'll decide to do a set of sexy boudoir photos.
YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH PRINTS
We live in a digital world. Everything is online, so it can feel like all you need are digital images.
But, when you hold a gorgeous portrait of yourself in your hands, there is no comparison.
When you see enlarged, custom-framed portraits of yourself and your family on the walls of your home everyday, it is incomparable!
My passion is printed photographs. I challenge you to not fall in love with print!
I am a Contemporary Beauty and Personal Portrait Photographer.
You will have an unforgettable experience when you book a portrait session with me. You will look and feel like a celebrity, I promise!
The people I photograph always feel a boost in self-confidence during their portrait session. They tell me that I set them at ease and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Print is my passion, and I believe that your portraits deserve to be displayed on your walls and in gorgeous folio boxes. I will custom-design the most beautiful wall displays and albums to suit your style.