Natural Photo Sessions…
We’ve all experienced it… having a professional photograph taken but instead of feeling calm and relaxed, we feel like a deer caught in headlights. We freeze in front of the lens–not sure how to smile, where to put our hands or how to pose. It’s scary. And it’s uncomfortable. As a portrait photographer, this is something I witness virtually every time I shoot a session. In fact, it’s one of the biggest reasons so many people put off having portraits made.
Let’s face it, 99.9% of us are not models. We don’t have Cindy Crawford or Zach Efron looks. We’re regular people trying to look our best. We try hard to look comfortable and natural when actually being in front of a camera is the last place we want to be! The truth is no matter who you are, your feelings and your mood will reflect in your image. If you’re nervous, it will show. If you’re faking a smile, it will be evident. If you’re pretending to laugh, it will be obvious. As such, being in front of the lens can be a scary place for most people.
Have you ever had a photographer shouting out directions, making you feel like a puppet posing for an advertisement rather than capturing the real reason you wanted to have photographs made in the first place? Me, too. And it wasn’t fun. Let’s take engagement photos as an example. Two people in love and at that magical moment in their lives, eager to capture those feelings and record it in a photograph for eternity. But all they hear is “Now look at him and smile like you’re in love.” Wait what?! We ARE in love! How do I fake that?! Unfortunately all this couple will remember about their engagement session is how awkward it was and how silly they felt doing things that weren’t natural for them.
Well, there is good news. My approach to taking portraits is very different. Rather than create a false environment, my approach is to provide subtle, natural direction while keeping my subjects in the moment and capturing genuine emotions and personalities. My goal is to capture who you really are, not an avatar version of how I think you should look. Whether you’re a fiancé, a mom, a sister or a grandmother, you are unique, a one-of-a-kind. Whether you are outgoing, shy, funny or reserved, your personality belongs to you. There is not a mold or template you’re required to fit into, particularly when having your portrait made. Michelangelo once said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” I believe the same is true of portrait photography. My job is to capture the essence of who you are, not just record what you look like.
“Angi is such an amazing photographer! My fiancé and I had her take our engagement photos and I can’t take my eyes off of them, they are fantastic! We, like much other couples, are NOT models, nor are we extremely comfortable being in front of a camera. That being said, Angi made the session so much fun! We were laughing the entire time and felt completely comfortable while the shoot was in progress and trust me, you can tell through the photos! Angi is so talented, she made our photos look amazing and as well as making us feel amazing! ” ~Brittney
I take pride in making my sessions fun. I work to create a relaxed environment where you will not only be the subject of beautiful portraits, but where you will also create new memories. One of my favorite memories from my wedding was having our photos taken after the ceremony. We had an incredible photographer who bottled the emotion of the day. I still look at those images and smile. His warm personality and ability to capture us celebrating our day vs. posing us in false, awkward poses is something I will always appreciate. We made extra special memories that day.
If you’re ready to capture your family as the unique individuals you truly are, call or email me to discuss your next session. I will help you create fun, new memories you’ll be able to look back on for years and years to come.