January Portrait Sessions // Liane and Monica

January is typically a slow month for photography, but I was fortunate to have two portrait sessions last month, both with beautiful and inspirational women.

This is Liane, and on the day of our shoot I locked myself out of my apartment (without my camera) minutes before our scheduled rendezvous. Liane was very understanding, and while waiting for my landlord to come to the rescue, we were able to get to know one another. I liked her instantly. Liane is a Body-centered Psychotherapist and Life Coach and she needed some portraits for her new website. We shot in Tilden Park so that we could be surrounded by trees. As soon as we began shooting, I laid down in the grass and when I stood up there was dog poo smeared all up the front of my shirt. The joys of shooting in nature! Fortunately I had two shirts on and just removed the poopy one. We laughed so hard, it instantly put us both at ease. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset in Tilden with magical light, and Liane was absolutely radiant! After our shoot, she had so many nice things to say to me about her experience that it really bolstered my confidence. I was feeling a bit burned out after such a busy fall and holiday season, and doubting myself. I decided that in the new year I would work at valuing my time and my art. Having Liane as my first client of the year was really affirming. Photographing people is absolutely what I'm supposed to be doing, and it feels really good to know that and to have the opportunity!

Waving at a little girl who was watching us. :)

Monica is a fellow talented photographer (check out her beautiful work here) and a good friend of mine. We have a bunch of mutual friends, and for years we kind of revolved around similar circles and never actually met. She reached out to me about a year ago when she had questions about starting her own photography business and I am so glad she did! I have learned so much from her and really value her friendship. We will be shooting a wedding together in August and I am psyched!

She was in need of some new headshots, so we walked around my Temescal neighborhood and snapped these. Our shoot only lasted about 30 minutes, and we were both really happy with the results. We lucked out at the end because we found these great cement steps that were directly across from a large white building that was reflecting a crazy amount of light. You can see all of the gorgeous catch light in her eyes in that last photo. Side note: Monica photographed me when I wanted some boudoir photos for my husband, and I am thrilled with the results. (After shooting two boudoir sessions for other ladies, I knew I wanted to model, and Monica really came through for me. Ladies, if you are thinking of doing boudoir I cannot recommend it enough, having those photos has increased my confidence in ways I could not have imagined. I feel so much sexier, uninhibited, and at peace with my body. Contact me if you are interested in doing a shoot!)

I love making portraits and I want to do more of it. Get in touch if you are interested and let's make it happen!