skewed vision

I often tell my clients that they cannot see themselves the way I see them through my lens. It requires them to trust that I recognize a beauty that is inherently there, but sometimes concealed from their own eyes. Nothing illustrates that fact better than this portrait project:

The results are fascinating.
So how beautiful are we? So much more than we think we are.

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nadia | contemporary portrait

Even with the opening of our studio doors months away, our contemporary glamour photography has taken a life of its own. It will not wait for sheet rock to go up or walls to be painted. So we pack up our portable-ized studio set and transform spaces into our beauty portrait studio. Simply with enough natural light, a little pampering by our make-up artist extraordinaire, and a willing spirit, that inherent beauty that every woman has finds its way out. Makeup, hair, lighting and posing only go so far. When a woman understands that I may see her completely differently than how she’s always seen herself, that trust creates a connection that brings images to life. For some, it may be the first time they have ever seen themselves without their own filters. For Nadia, that connection brought out two qualities she is so well known for: her sincerity and a luminance from her smile that emanates for miles.

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Mojan - These are just stunning. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this new venture!

Yas. - Beautiful!!! Great model. Great photographer! :)

Omeed - Incredible! Can you give me her number?????

LAURIE - WOW BEAUTIFUL SUBJECT – WOMAN!!!

Beauty

It may very well be because I am a mother of a little-girl-turning-tween that the concept of beauty has been on my mind lately. Artists are naturally attracted to beauty, even though their interpretation of it is ever-evolving. In high school, I went my entire junior year without wearing a stitch of make-up. In fine art school my value of beauty was confronted when my delicately crafted, hand-colored Polaroid transfer of an orange lily was shrugged off by my professor as “just a flower” – words that to this day challenge me to interpret and not simply photocopy my world with photography. Eventually trained as a purist photojournalist, I looked for unaltered beauty to unveil itself in the stories I covered. At weddings, the excitement and joy of the momentous occasion paint such beauty on people’s faces and movements.
So what if people are removed from the events and emotions that inevitably make them gleam? My new challenge is to explore that. I would call it “beauty photography” but since I will employ techniques such as before-and-afters (what carries through between the untouched and the made-up?), simple lines, even lighting and modern posing, it actually falls into the genre of contemporary glamour. As you observe, I invite you to ask yourself, what makes an image beautiful? And I will continue to explore and capture it, despite Rumi’s claim that “the best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.”  Touché.

 

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Sholeh - How fun! Can’t wait to see more.

Stefanie Parnell - Oh, Negeen! How I love the big hair on this beautiful woman! I think human beauty is not so much in the “eye of the beholder” but in the mind of the person being viewed. My mother LOVES blue eye shadow and I’m sure she still uses the same eye shadow brush she used in the early 80s when that color was “posh” on her eye lids. I hate it on her and she doesn’t feel beautiful without it. The fashionable way for women to wear their hair today is flat, straight and more flat. Buying a quality flat iron will send you to the bank for a loan! But me, mo matter the current trends, do not fell “beautiful” unless my hair is hot rolled and teased and B-I-G! I know that is a style that has long passed but that is what makes ME feel pretty. I think that as women, we function better when we actually FEEL beautiful. I try to throw on a clean shirt and lipstick and a squirt of perfume when Scott calls to tell me he is on his way home. Just doing that makes me feel beautiful for him to see when he walks in the door. I can’t wait to see what you capture as “beautiful”. I will be waiting here by the computer with my bright red lipstick and big hair!

Tillie - The last photo is absolutely stunning.

CK - Oh, I love that last one! :)

Pamn - Stunning! The lighting is exquisite!

Chari Curtis - She looks so beautiful. Your work is amazing, and you have a gift of not just the camera, but also the pen. So inspiring.

Anthony Sobie - Your pictures are excellent, you did such a great job with this – well done!! From your lighting to posing, the attitude is perfect.

Mary Anne Morgan - Absolutely stunning. Love your words. Sue Bryce would be proud!