There is such a preconceived notion of beauty in society that, honestly, makes me a little sick. I completely realize that this statement is going to seem totally bonkers coming from a PHOTOGRAPHER, but: A person’s outward appearance is not what makes or breaks a boudoir photo shoot. It’s 100% true. I have now photographed roughly 300 boudoir/glamour sessions and I will tell you with complete confidence that a woman’s INNER BEAUTY is what makes a shoot truly successful. The laugh that shows you her soul, her attitude, the look in her eyes—these are all things that will make a woman’s boudoir photos shine. In the past, I’ve photographed some VERY VERY aesthetically jaw-dropping women that have VERY VERY bad attitudes and rotten souls…and I will tell you, they were NOT my type of client. My business tagline is “Photographer to the awesome.”. I’ve had a couple of people mention to me that they thought the tagline was a little arrogant. I will not change it. I want to photograph BEAUTIFUL people. My definition of beautiful might be different than society’s, therefore I couldn’t make my tagline “Photographer to the beautiful”, as that would be misconstrued.
GOOD HEARTED + PASSIONATE + INSPIRATIONAL + AWESOME = BEAUTIFUL.
Over the last few years I have worked really hard to determine exactly what my specialization is, what type of photography makes me happy, and who my ideal client is. I have begun to turn down business that didn’t fit into my new mold. You know what??! I’m SO much happier because of it…and in turn, my work has progressed much further than it would have if I was taking any prospective client who asked for a session.
LUCKY FOR ME, there is no shortage of AWESOME women who want to FEEL and LOOK as awesome as they are….so they come to me and book a session. We have a blast. They feel on top of the world when they look at their photos. The confidence boost adds to their awesomeness.
The same is true for THIS beautiful woman who is about to share her story with you. I will get off my soap box for a moment and let you read her story:
In college I bought a book that showcased women of all ages and body types. Each woman had a story, ranging from surviving cancer to being a professional dancer. Each woman bravely posed either nude or with a sheer cloth around her body, and I found it incredibly powerful. It was then that I knew I wanted to honor my body and my journey through photography.
Kara offered a very unique and empowering opportunity. After getting in touch with her, I knew immediately that I wanted her to be my photographer. I loved every minute of my session. She was very kind and seemed to appreciate the meaningful experience as much as I did. Once the photos were available for viewing, I knew without a doubt I had made the right decision for myself. What surprised me most was that I didn’t just see me. I saw my mother in my cheek bones, my father in my smile, my Native American heritage in my skin tone, and my very curvaceous hips that I inherited from my European grandmother. And I became even more appreciative of who I am and how beautiful I am.
I am almost 27 and in just a few months I will be a mother. The body that I once didn’t love, and spent years trying to change, is now creating life and giving me the most precious gift ever. It’s the most beautiful body I have ever seen.”
WOW. How many of you does her story relate to??
Thank you SO much to Miss “S” for sharing with us!! She’s one of my most awesome clients 😉