Stepping out of your comfort zone is not easy. I recently had the opportunity to photograph the lovely Anna Wu of Anna Wu Photography and she photographed me. Both elements are nerve racking to me – having a professional photographer in front of my camera potentially analyzing my style and technique and being in front of another photographer’s camera, wondering if they are analyzing my face and body. But I do believe that we grow out of experiences that push us and so I jumped in and I’m so glad I did. Anna and I have really different style and approaches – I am more of a modern glamour photographer and shoot a lot of my portraits in studio. She, on the other hand shoots more lifestyle and likes to have a softer, more natural feel to her photos. I am super planned out and really think through my shoot in terms of wardrobe, poses, sets, etc. whereas Anna has the big picture in mind and then allows moments to happen, helping refine them as they do. I love how Anna’s portraits turned out and I am crazy about how mine came out as well – one is already my profile photo on Facebook 🙂
I learned a lot about how my clients feel in front of the camera, the various thoughts that cross their mind when there’s a big ol’ camera in their face. Anna was fantastic about coaching me along while still being positive and getting me to look my natural best. I also found that I felt more confident, empowered and secure after my time with Becky (my favorite makeup artist) – she not only made me LOOK incredible but by the time she was done, I felt a sense of calm come over me and I was more excited than anything else. I have seen that sense of calm come over my clients time and again but it was another thing to experience it myself. It really engrained in me the importance of having professional hair and makeup done – not just because it makes a huge difference in the final portraits – but because somehow it unleashes a confidence within them. One of the things I look for in a makeup artist beyond their still level is how do they interact with the client – do they know how much or how little to talk, do they pick up on cues, are they positive and friendly, are they open to feedback.
Here are some of my favorites of Anna:
Here are some of my favorites of myself – that sounds so weird in my head but I’m going with it because you know what, I can favorite myself and that’s totally okay :