I’ve been so obsessed with the works of Sue Bryce and how she empowers women through her photography. For about a month and a half now I’ve been following, reading and trying to learn (endless YouTube-ing!) Photo-Techniques she has selflessly taught via her social media pages. They are beautiful beyond words and I have this urge to adapt it , make it my own, then spread it slowly within the community of women I meet along the way.
For now, my take on empowering women through my photography is a more simple yet solid one. It will NOT be about the glamour or fashion. It will purely be about the woman , my subject. It will not focus on clothes or accessories. The outfits plus make up should only enhance who she is. The whole idea is to bring out the natural and confident HER— The confident YOU.
I will process images in both coloured and B&W. Because I gravitate towards a natural finish I want the look and feel to be light and fresh with minimal editing. I want the colours to be contrasting but soft.
I knew I had to practice what I’ve been learning and so I asked my “partner-in-crime,” Erika to model for me. For about two-three months now she has been helping me a lot with my photography projects so its safe to say that we are very familiar with one another. We set aside one full morning for make-up and shoot. Erika is good with make up so through my vision, I told her how I want her to look. I also told her to only bring clothes she is most comfortable in. She brought three outfit changes but felt that only two out of the three really represents her. Here are our outtakes from that LOVE YOU NOW, LOVE YOU MORE AFTER practice session.
Erika is a 30something wife and mother of 3. She is strong, feminine and highly organised. I admire her simplicity and zest for life.
Erika is beautiful as she is and doesn’t need much make up so I asked her to enhance only her eyes and lips. For her outfits, I just asked her to bring something she feels confident in. Statement earrings are so her so I asked her to wear two of her favourites for the shoot.
Here’s more of Erika in coloured and B&W…. Isn’t she amazing?
Erika and I will do one LOVE YOU session before the holidays and we are so excited! We can’t wait to reveal the LOVE YOU Before and LOVE YOU MORE After of this beautiful woman but this will have to wait until next year — so watch out for that space!
The whole point of the LOVE YOU SESSION (LYS) is to inspire ordinary women, like you and me, to fall in love with YOU through photography. It is not to transform you but to make you feel good. You do not need anyone’s validation (not even your significant other) to let you know you are strong, fierce, feminine and independent. The photos will speak for themselves. It’s one day to connect and bond with yourself, get to know who you are again — get in touch with your feminine or masculine— just you and the camera .
If you are up to it and inspired to connect with who you are and surround yourself with women (that’s us!) who appreciate you and will empower you though photography then the LOVE YOU SESSION is perfect for you! It is the best gift you can give yourself for 2015 so BOOK OR INQUIRE NOW here or email firstname.lastname@example.org