This is my friend, Corinne, who I photographed this past summer. Corinne and I were pretty good friends in high school. We had activities that we did together, and we just clicked. I'm sure it is because we both have a slightly wicked sense of humor. I hadn't seen Corinne in years...like over twenty years. When we decided to do a shoot together, I was really excited to see her, and be around her energy.
I was so shocked to find out that she hadn't had a professional portrait done of herself since her son was eight years old. Imagine my shock when I found out that her son is already twenty! First of all, wow, having a twenty year old child and looking like this was amazing to me. Second of all, where had the time gone?
Corinne is full of spunk and energy, and when we saw each other, it felt like we just picked up right where we left off all those years ago. Because we both had traveled to meet up, she brought tons of outfits to choose from, along with hats, shoes, and jewelry. We spent a bit of time going through everything, trying to decide what outfits would be the most fun to photograph her in. Once we decided on the outfits, we also spent some time discussing the progression of her makeup through the boudoir session.
After we had our plan, Corinne went to work on her hair and makeup while I set up my lights, and planned some poses based on our choices. We laughed so hard while we were catching up with one another. I love how her eyes sparkle when she's happy!
Once she was prepared, we started plowing through our outfit choices. Ironically, both of our "let's see how this looks" outfits ended up being our favorite images from the sessions. She and I agreed, though, that the hardest part of the session was staying focused since we were having such a good time together!
The best part of working with Corinne was her attitude toward the whole session. She was excited to try just about anything I asked her to do, and trusted that even if it felt weird, it would probably look great in an image!
Thank you, Corinne, for an amazingly fun session. Thank you for letting me share some of your gorgeous images! I can't wait to see you again!
This is Manni. Manni is one of my friends who has given me guidance about business and coming into my own. When I met Manni a few years ago, she had just become a representative for Arbonne. She was just starting to grow her own business, and we clicked immediately.
There are so many things I love about this woman! She is kind and giving, and most of all, she is REAL. Manni doesn’t pull punches - she tells it like it is. She will gladly hold your hand, and then raise you up toward your highest goals. Manni has learned and grown so much over the years that I have known her, and she happily shares all the knowledge she has gained through her mistakes and triumphs.
One of the greatest mysteries of life and womanhood that Manni introduced me to is what I call the “age 35 law”. The age 35 law is about that magical something that seems to happen to most women around the age of 35. We start to become aware of who we truly are and feel like we have the right own it. We become more internally confident about the choices we make, what we want, and what we don’t want. Truly, its a sense of power that drives us to do the things we love be who we want to be.
I felt that stirring at 35, but now, at 40, I really believe it. When talking to other women, I see it in their lives, as well. I want all women to feel that power. When I photograph women this age, I want to capture it in my images, so they can see themselves radiating that power.
Thank you, Manni. Thank you for being willing to be in front of my camera over the years. Thank you for teaching me so much along the way. Most of all, thank you for being my friend.