Confessions of a Traveling Photographer

On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-15My confession is this: I LOVE TRAVELING FOR SHOOTS!

I simply can’t begin to tell you how much fun this all was and there are so many reasons. The location was phenomenal and I don’t just mean the desert. It didn’t take long for me to come across this Airbnb and BAM! The inspiration for every single shoot fell into place for every single gal that came to me for a shoot. I had one gal that was a bit more demure and elegant. Another that was my glamazon goddess (who could THAT be??), another that was my bohemian gal. Then there was my casual upbeat-girl-next-door. My final gal in the desert was my retro beauty and I also had one hell of a fierce shoot on the resort grounds where I was staying.

But my my my…this east coast girl fell in love with the west coast and those beautiful mountains, deserts and blue skies. I also loved the fact that not one woman I photographed even knew what they were wearing until they showed up for their shoots. I sewed, shopped, plotted and MUHAHAHAHAHAHA! It fell together so easily. I also got full creative control over absolutely everything: location, styling, wardrobe, hair and makeup styling (collaborated with Lee Ann for this of course) and it was so fabulous. Every single lady I photographed allowed themselves to just be putty in my hands and it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had shooting.

So much fun that I’m now looking to do it more often. I’m considering a Denver run the first few days of November (yes…in just a few weeks) so we’ll see if I get any interest. If you’re not in Pittsburgh and want a shoot, I’m just an email away. If you can get at least 4 women in, I’m in. Or, if you are in Pittsburgh, but always dreamed of being photographed in (insert location here) let me know. There really aren’t many places I won’t go for a fun shoot!

So so so much more to come!On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-19On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-17On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-16On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-18
Hair and makeup by At Home Beauty.

Permission ~ Beauty Photography

Pittsburgh Portrait Fashion Beauty Photographer-1-2It’s a word that we use all the time, even when we don’t use that particular word. “Yes.” That is another word that can be used for permission.

And you know what? I give you permission to say yes…to yourself.

Do you think that’s silly?? Sometimes we actually need someone to tell us to give ourselves a break; to allow ourselves a moments peace, within. Doesn’t sound so silly anymore, huh?

And so that is what I wanted for Mae. She had been banging around the idea of being photographed by me for quite a while. We talked about it a year or 2 ago. She scheduled, eventually, but I knew she wasn’t ready. I told her we should put it off, she agreed. She needed space in her head. She had gone through a hard time and wasn’t exactly feeling her best, inside or out. I so badly wanted this session to be a kickstarter for her; that kick in the pants that is a blinding reminder of how beautiful she really is, inside and out. We rescheduled. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with her.

I wanted her to literally look like a famous person. I wanted her to look like the 6′ glamazon she is. I wanted her to embrace every inch of herself, her curves, her height, her hair. Oh yeah….the hair. Can you believe, Mae wears her hair straight. Everyday. Oh no no no no no no. I asked her “how do you feel about an afro?” Ummmm…..ahem. But she trusted me. And she trusted Lee Ann to deliver the kind of ‘fro that would make her feel and look like the incredible woman she is.

We showed her what she looked like after her transformation, and she just could not believe it. We were in business. I took her back and got her AMAZING Monse blazer on her…and oh my gosh…you guys…no joke…I saw her on the cover of Vogue.

She sashayed out to show Lee Ann her gorgeous self, and the magic began. Funny–when I talked to Mae about how to let go in front of the camera, she got all nervous. But then, she was in an oversized t-shirt, no hair done, no makeup on at that moment. But, good golly miss Molly…once she was glammed from head to toe…well, let’s just say coaching was pretty easy for me.

I was thrilled to be invited into this home to photograph Mae. It was PERFECT for what we were going for.  Do you agree?? When I showed her the first few frames of photos she  shrieked “Oh my gosh!! Is that ME?!?”

Yes, my amazing, incredible, smart, savvy, sexy, independent, kind and brilliant 6′ glamazon: this is you.Pittsburgh Portrait Fashion Beauty Photographer-4Pittsburgh Portrait Fashion Beauty Photographer-2-2Pittsburgh Portrait Fashion Beauty Photographer-2Pittsburgh Portrait Fashion Beauty Photographer-5Pittsburgh Portrait Fashion Beauty Photographer-6Absolutely stunning makeover by At Home Beauty.
Bangin’ tux jacket by Monse.
Those jaw-dropping heels by Manolo Blahnik.

The Transformation is Real – Boudoir Photographer

Before and After Beauty Portrait Photographer-2It is so real, it typically brings my clients back to me for more than one session (and some of them are on their 4th and 5th!!) This absolutely gorgeous woman came to me about a year ago to create a gift for her then fiancé for their wedding night. Oh my gosh how much fun we had. It was a sexy, sweet and very powerful shoot and from what I understand, her now husband wasn’t sad he didn’t get a watch instead.

But this time, she said it was for her. She was more interested in celebrating the skin she’s in and really showing off her self-love than any other reason. Now that is the kind of session that really gets me going. What’s really interesting to me is that when a woman comes in for herself, a few of her outfits are always high fashion and so so gorgeous. The sessions are a bit more relaxed and gravitate to a more editorial look. Once you’re out to only impress yourself, the nerves seem to calm and an entire world of fashion opens up to you. It’s wonderful to see the difference in clients on their 2nd sessions. So much more courage and so much more open to ideas that have nothing to do with impressing a boy. Not that there is anything wrong with impressing a boy (I love impressing mine) but every gal needs a few moments at different times in her life when she puts just as much energy into wowing herself. Most times that’s way more difficult than impressing a loved one. But not this time.

The real fun is not only when my clients see themselves for the first time after their hair and makeup transformation, but mostly when I take those first few frames and show them who they really are in that moment. That transformation is something special. Want to see more of that? Go to my new site for my most updated transformations.

After seeing this particular photo, and taking in that look in her eye while also keeping in mind our discussion about her reasoning for this session…I couldn’t help but embellish just a bit. Pittsburgh Beauty Portrait Photographer-2

Makeover by At Home Beauty.
Black dress: Dress the Population
Black shoes (not seen): Manolo Blahnik
Blue Dress: Adriana Papell
Nude shoes: Forever 21

Them Curves Tho…

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*gulp* Goodness goodness me oh my. As soon as she walked in I knew this shoot was going to be alllll about those gorgeous curves. Can you stand it??

I was so proud of K at her shoot. Typically I try to start clients off with whatever piece of clothing keeps them most clothed and also is closest to their day-to-day personality type. This way I can keep them at a relatively comfortable level to start off with, then slam them into high-gear as we go. However, since we also usually start off with whatever look requires the most natural of makeup and hair as a base that we then build upon, I started K off with the outfit I would normally save for last. By that time my clients are seriously into their sessions and have figured it all out and are just nailing it. So starting the shoot with the end…well…that can be hard.

But she nailed it. I showed her what I wanted, told her to trust me, and she nailed it. I think this t-shirt is my favorite look for the day! Oh, and the roses? She said she could get 100 of them for $80 at Sam’s Club so I said, why not? What does one do with 100 roses? Look below. You’ll see.

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