By Mandy Reid
Most people, when they inquire about a portrait session, confess to having nerves about being in front of the camera. When they mention this, I smile a little on the inside because I know a secret: nerves make the magic happen.
There is something beautiful about showing up and feeling a little vulnerable in front of a camera. Vulnerability is what sparks the magic.
About five minutes into the shoot, I start to notice the person I am photographing begin to soften; their personality starts to break through the cracks of nerves and jitters, and most of the time laughter happens.
Portraits are really storytelling at it’s finest.
They pull the poems out of peoples eyes, and communicate things words may have a hard time capturing. Portraits memorialize a time in your life; all the things you walked through and overcome, and everything you are dreaming of.
Someone asked me once what they would do with photos of themselves. I’ve thought deeply on this, because I think it is such a good question. When you have a portrait of yourself captured, you are giving something deeply meaningful to the people in your life who love you. You are handing something down to the generations that will follow in your footsteps. Wouldn’t you love to have a portrait of your grandmother or mother in her 30’s, or 40’s, or 50’s?
Wouldn’t you like to know the story behind the spark in her eyes; what she was dreaming of at that point in her lifetime?
Beyond what you give to the people you love, the gift you give yourself is priceless: an outward glimpse into the person you are; your strength, your beauty, your story.
Ready to tell YOUR story through portraits? Let’s co-create.