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So to start with, I can understand the fear of being in front of a camera. I hardly ever get in front of the camera as I start thinking about my own insecurities. I am proud of who I am and how I am built but just like everyone else I have certain things that I wish I could change.
February 1st, 2018 I met up with another amazing photographer Lauren Palumbo of Lauren April Photography. You can view her workby clicking on her business name above. Her and I both value community over competition when it comes to the photography industry. She has helped me out and I have helped her out.
We both realized that we hardly had any photos of ourselves other than your typical cell phone selfies.
We met up down by the water at Northeast Creek Park right after my hair appointment. I was hoping to have time after my hair appoint to change my clothes however I did not have time to do so. Even though I didn’t have time to prepare for my photos as I had hoped to I really love how they turned out.
I photographed Lauren and she photographed me. We then edited our own photos of ourselves in order for our images to be more consistent with our personal photography editing style. Below are a few of the images of me.
As you can see I am a huge goof. I love the images of me making silly faces, because they truly show my personality. I am a professional, but I am also human. I make mistakes. I sing songs to loud and dance like no one is watching. I embarrass myself constantly, but I am okay with that. I may not be picture perfect, but who is.
I love what I do and it was time I edit some photos of myself. I wanted to write this blog to show you guys who I am and explain about being in front of the camera rather than behind it.
- Everyone has insecurities but don’t let that prevent you from getting photos done. I do not regret it and yes in some of these photos I show some of my insecurities but they are me and I still love the images.
- It’s okay to get a bit uncomfortable. I started out being uncomfortable so I kept making silly faces as a coping mechanism. Everyone has a coping mechanism. Eventually I was comfortable and just started doing silly faces to simply portray my personalty more.
- Looking back I am so glad I did it. I finally have photos that show what i love to do and my personality . I have photos that my kids, grand kids, and great grand kids , etc can look back on and see what kind of person I was. They tell a story about me. I may not always like to be photographed ,but it is worth it.
- When i really thought about it I couldn’t come up with a good enough reason to not have photos of myself. What could I lose from doing it. If anything I gained more confidence in myself . It was honestly rather empowering.
I hope this gives everyone an idea of who I am and gives some in site behind getting in front of a camera. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely do it again soon.
Below is a little doodle done by one of my best friends for me using a sketchbook app on her computer. Thank you Brianna LeTourneau for the beautiful doodle with a great message!
We had several in studio and on location session this week. We did a maternity session, a few boudoir session, and a senior session. I have fun with all my sessions. However, I had so much fun working with an awesome mother and her daughter. We did her Senior Photos.
I was saddened to hear that they had a horrible experience with another business regarding her senior photos. The photos they received were not what they were hoping for and they did not have a pleasant experience all around. I won’t go in to detail as that is not my story to tell.
This experience is what made her mother search for another photographer to get her daughter’s senior photos done. She did not want her daughter stuck with a photo that they all disliked in the yearbook and did not want to support the business they had such a problem with.
(I will not give names of the clients or the business)
Originally we were going to meet at 3:00pm on Sunday to do the in studio portraits. Then we were going to head to Northeast Creek Park for photos. Unfortunately, the whether did not agree with us so instead we went ahead and did the in studio shoot. However, We rescheduled the outdoor portion for the following Wednesday. It was amazing. We cracked jokes, chit chatted, and all got to know one another. As a photographer I feel it is important to get to know your clients.
We got the Senior Portraits done using the senior drape and blue backdrop. Next came her marching band uniform and her baritone. I was so excited. Remember how I mentioned about getting to know your client…. Well how cool is this! She is in marching band, but not only is she in marching band she played in the Macy’s Day parade! She is such an extraordinary young woman. When I asked her what she plans to do after high school she said she was joining the Marine Corp. I would be honored to have her defending our country! Hmmm, I never asked her, but I wonder if she will be in the Marine Corp Band? Below you will see some of the images from the band photos we took in studio.
These photos were so much fun to take. She truly has a bright future ahead of her and I am honored I was able to take these photos for her and her family.
After we were done with the In studio portraits I spent the next two days editing and getting the photos ready for them. There was one particular photo where the light was shining on her lips just right it actually looked like she had eaten a powdered doughnut. Which of course I corrected, but it gave us all a good laugh. Hey photographers are humans too we make mistakes. I for one definitely make sure if I did not catch something that I get it corrected.
I even left some of the silly face images and the whoopsie images. I do this because all though they are not perfectly posed or not the exact right expression those images tell a story and hold great memories from that moment in time. So of course I gave her mom some of those images. You never know she could use them in a wedding slideshow way down the road. HAHA! No seriously though she loved her silly face photos. They showed her true personality. She actually did a poll on Facebook where she shared some of the senior portraits with the drape and blue background. She included the silly face photo and everyone voted on that voted because it showed exactly what a fun and bright personality she has.
After all that was said and done we met that Wednesday at Northeast Creek Park to do the Non-traditional style outdoor senior portraits. –>
Even though they are not “traditional” senior portraits these are my favorite! . I believe they capture her as person and show how amazing she truly is. They tell a story. They show her personality. I hope to work with them more in the future as they were such a blast to work with and she’s just absolutely stunning!
More photos from this amazing session with an extraordinary young woman below.
Class of 2019! You go Girl! Get ready to show the world what your made of!
Giveaway Session Winner - Boudoir
During the Santa Event we did a giveaway. The winner had the option to choose between a few different session types. Our lucky winner choose boudoir. Boudoir sessions with us are more than just some sexy photos. It is a full experience. It’s an unfiltered safe space to talk freely, feel beautiful, and have a fun time. What happens in studio stays in studio. There is no judgement or negativity allowed.
I arrived at the studio and started to get my set up ready. Meanwhile our makeup artist had just arrived. She had begun setting up her work space. As far as MUA’s (makeup artists) go we utilize 3 amazing makeup artists. This particular session we utilized the amazing Emily S. Humphrey. You can view her business Facebook page by clicking on her name. She does amazing Henna work, make up, and even body painting!
While our winner was having her makeup professionally done we all got to know one another. We had so much fun chatting about life, funny stories, laughed, and listened to music. Our winner brought a friend with her, which is always a great way to enhances the experience. We recommend to bring a friend you are comfortable with to have fun with you during the session.
After her make up was done she went back to get changed in on of her 3 amazing outfits. A black bra and panty set with a matching satin robe, a maroon colored lace slip, and a purple lace baby doll styled lingerie piece. We started with the first outfit and began. I danced during the shoot to the music, sometimes horribly, but it definitely made her laugh. Which ultimately is the goal sometimes. A smile is the sexiest curve a woman can wear! A more genuine laugh and smile shows in camera. A forced smile isn’t very fun either.
These images are from the first set with the black bra and underwear set along with the black satin robe. She rocked this session and had so much fun doing so. My favorite part of any boudoir session is when they first come in. The clients always seem a tad nervous, but also excited. After they get in and I start to build a relationship with them they start to relax a little more, however my favorite part is after they get their makeup done and they look at themselves in the mirror. They go from acting nervous to feeling confident. They even do that double take checking themselves out in the mirror. It happens every session and I love seeing the look in their eyes. That moment when they think to themselves, “DANG, I LOOOK GOOOOODDD.”
After we did the dark colored outfits we moved on to the purple lingerie slip. I was really excited to see the fun colorful outfit. I started thinking white to make the purple and her pop. The white comforter came out and I placed a light toward her camera left and one in the window to make the light shine through stronger. I used constant lights for this and I am so thrilled with how they turned out.
We set it up and I had her lay on the blanket. Doing this I wanted to make sure that the comforter bunched up to give it more texture and depth to the image.
Seriously though! Isn’t she just striking. Words can’t fully describe this amazing woman. She has a beautiful baby that is fairly new to the world too. So she’s a new mom, a wife, and a strong individual. She rocked it and was on FIRREEE! You can tell in the images that she was comfortable and enjoying the boudoir experience. That is what I strive for.
Boudoir is one of my favorite forms of photography. It is empowering, sexy, gorgeous, and amazing to watch a women’s confidence grow. Some Psychologist even suggest to their patients with self-esteem issues to do a boudoir session so that they can see what other’s see in them. That they are truly beautiful and perfect no matter their body size, shape, or any other features they may not be comfortable with.
People focus on their flaws when really they should embrace their body and love the skin they are in. I personally have done boudoir sessions of myself to up my own confidence, plus it made a great gift for my husband. I delivered the images to our boudoir giveaway winner and she loved them. She thanked me for the experience.
Finally to wrap this up after getting permission to utilize her photos and blog the experience I asked her, “If someone were to tell you they were looking at getting a session done with me what would you tell them?”
Her response, “If I was to describe my experience with Brianna I would say inspiring! Not only did this shoot make me see myself as a beautiful individual on the outside but the inside too. Getting my makeup done and wearing sexy clothes is one thing but being around the positive self loving energy is what made the shoot. I’ve never felt so comfortable and open with a complete stranger. Brianna helped bring out a side of me I thought I’d never see again after I had my daughter. I couldn’t express the empowering feeling I had during and after the shoot. Anyone getting these type of photos done who is looking for a fun, energetic, and creative session Brianna is the one for you!“
When I read her words they nearly made me cry tears of joy. Knowing that I am helping empower other women and providing a fun experience means the world to me.
Although we’ve been in business for a while now I have finally completed the website. I will be posting regular blogs from my favorite sessions, behind the scenes, and much more.
Honestly, this was a long and difficult process. I was not familiar with the builder as the last time I had designed a site it was back when HTML, CSS, and PHP were prominent. You know back during those Neopet days when kids were making guild pages, blinkies, blogs, buttons, and other creative little graphics. That’s how my passion first started in the digital arts. I know, I know. I was a goofy geeky little girl, but you know what I embraced it.
So for this blog I will let you get to know me a bit more. I am a Photographer of course, however I am also a wife, a step-mother, and new…ish mom. I have 3 wonderful children. My oldest son and daughter came from my husbands first marriage to an actually very nice woman. I am lucky to be able to be called their step mom. They are 18 and 15 now. Goodness, the years go by so fast. Be careful on the roads my daughter is now taking drivers ed, haha. I had been told since I was a young teenager that I would not be able to have children of my own so joining a pre-built family was more of a blessing than anything. My husband and I met at a concert September 4th, 2010 and the rest is history. We were officially married September 7th, 2013. About to years after our wedding we were blessed to find out we were having a baby. Then along came my youngest, Ashton. He is now 2.5 years old and just a little HAM.
Pictured is my youngest son and my niece playing at the studio. They are two peas in a pod and just too darn stinking cute.
As we all know Jacksonville is a Military town, but my husband and I are not military. My father was Marine and he completed his 20 years. He retired from Cherry Point in Havelock where I spent the majority of my childhood. We moved to Havelock outside of Cherry Point when i was 6 years old and continued to live there until I graduated High school. I then moved in with the man I had fallen love with which took me to Jacksonville. He is a contractor. He owns and operates Morissette Painting & Drywall.
Well, I could go on and on and on. However, It is time that I start getting to work. Boudoir session completed today and tomorrow we have a senior session at the studio. I would love to have you follow me during this Journey and Growth in the Industry.