I don't know if I've said this enough before, but I. LOVE. DOING. STYLIZED. SESSIONS.
Styled sessions are perfect for those who truly value photography as an art. When you book a styled session with me, it includes hair and makeup, and personally curated wardrobe with accessories, as well as other details (such as studio rentals if need be, or my time and talent for creating individual props, etc). We meet and discuss either in person or on the phone every little detail possible in order to bring our vision to perfection! I absolutely love getting the chance to be creative and express myself through this artistry, and I love being able to work personally, one-on-one, with a subject. It allows me to keep a great eye for the little details!
After entering this year's Shoot and Share contest (and having 21 photos place in the top 30% of their categories or better), I learned quickly from voting on others' photos that I seemed to be drawn to photos with movement. Even though I can't dance (I mean, I think I would've been a great dancer if I'd trained it, but sadly I never did), I LOVE watching people dance. I've been an avid fan of So You Think You Can Dance since it's conception, and one of the top reasons I love Korean pop music SO much is for all the amazing choreography (yes, you should watch all of those - you will NOT regret it ;D). I would like, seriously give just about anything to be able to dance...lol, but anyway, all of this to say, I've been DYING for a while, and especially more so recently, to complete a dance session, so when I found Melissa, it was as if all the stars had aligned. I mean, not only a dancer, but maternity to boot?! Perfection. My mind immediately started swirling with ideas, and I knew that this studio downtown would be the perfect backdrop for it. However, it was Melissa who was able to use her own beautiful talents to give these photos real life. My own vision was only half of it, really - this session could not have turned out as fantastic as it did without her own skill! And that's another reason I love stylized shoots - it's such a beautiful, collaborative process that results in uniquely personal images that will always be treasured!
I know for myself, I sometimes lose myself in my momhood. Being "mommy" is my #1 job and I am responsible for the care of my kids every day and some days it can be difficult to separate myself from that, or to remember who I am at the end of long, whirlwind, emotional day. However, now Melissa will have these beautiful photos to look back on for years to come, and to share with her children her passions, and to show them who mom was long before she was "MOM!" to them.
And, If you're reading right now, and you think, "Hey, I have talents! I have passions that I want to commemorate!" Then perhaps a custom stylized maternity session might be just what you need, too. Let's get in touch and plan something personal and beautiful together!!