This summer, I had one (or, eight, rather) tasks that I wanted to accomplish: photograph eight sessions and expand on what I know about my style. The summer isn't over yet - and that's good because I still have some sessions to go - but I've already learned a lot.
1. I love working with women. Families are beautiful, but there's something special that happens when mom or any woman allows herself to be open and take a gorgeous image of herself. She might already feel beautiful, and if she does, that's great; for her, and especially those that don't feel beautiful, there's something so powerful that changes in her. I love seeing that. I love watching for that moment when a client really sees herself in this loving light and believes she's capable of anything.
2. I'm not much for props, but I appreciate adding flower crowns as part of the wardrobe options. I don't know what it is about wearing flowers that changes things. It makes me think back to dressing up as a princess as a kid (or making crowns out of those white, clover flowers and wearing them) that's so freeing. I think I would like to have more in the studio.
3. Video adds a whole new level to a photography session - especially for moms/daughters. Oh, my. Watching the beautiful love between a mommy and daughter is remarkable and I feel lucky each time to be part of that experience. And with family sessions, too. The videos are honest emotions, true actions. To couple that with still images is necessary now that I know that experience.
4. I need to set more goals. I've loved focusing on learning who I am as a photographer, and I need to keep up that. I started Red and Fawn as an outlet to help women feel however it is they've dreamed of feeling; I can do that best if I know my style inside and out.