Beautiful Girl …

Since I’ve been taking photos for a living I’ve worked with a lot of different women; nearly every one of them have had some reason why they’d hesitated to have their photos taken. But the honest truth is that we do harder things every day. We have to deal with our jobs, our co-workers, our children … life in general. And I’m here to tell you, life is HARD, and women CAN, by-God, do HARD things.

Beautiful girl, you can do hard thingsThis is MsT … she’s a model for the calendar I’ve been doing for two years and just as cute as she can be. She’s mom to one of the best behaved little boys I’ve ever met. It is no easy chore raising a well-behaved and respectful kid in this day and age and my hat is off to T.

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And wait til you see the calendar … ooh-la-la!

The Search for Perfection

shopPerfection, whether in our personal or professional lives is elusive. We read every list, article and how-to in an attempt to make our, or our loved ones’ lives, perfect.

We need the perfect life, the perfect number on the scale, the perfect child, the perfect job, the perfect marriage.

Perfection is IMPOSSIBLE.

What we don’t understand is that what we see as our “imperfections” are what makes us perfectly who we are. When everyone has the same color hair, the same shaped teeth, the same straight nose, the same full lips … we are all THE SAME.

Over the past two years, in my effort to be perfect in my work, I have joined several online communities in order to pick the brains of my fellow photographers. I have learned so much and hope to continue to learn more, but here is the most disturbing thing I’ve learned: that if someone’s photos aren’t EXACTLY like what the majority considers to be “perfect”, they need to be fixed.

Turn that knee

Her nose looks too big

That crop is wrong

Perfection is impossible and unnecessary, except in the eyes of the person who is in front of my camera. If my client loves my work, if I’ve made them feel beautiful, despite what my peers determine is a “bad” pose, or an “unfortunate crop” or any number of suggestions made with the best of intentions, then my photo is perfect.

Yes, I DO want to be technically perfect (and that in itself is so hard), but no one save me or my client can determine whether or not any given photo is perfect.

I will never be Ansel Adams or Annie Liebovitz. I’ll be lucky to be considered on a par with Vivian Maier, whose only REAL claim to photography fame could arguably be the prodigious amount of film she purchased on a nanny’s salary.

My definition of perfection will be the smile on your face the first time you see your photos and my perfect photos will be the ones you hang on your walls, the ones your friends what to know where you had it take and the photo your honey carries in his wallet right behind his “emergency’ twenty dollar bill.

I will ALWAYS try to perfect my craft by taking classes and the the technically correct way to take a photo, but in the end, the ONLY person that needs to see perfection is the person who is paying for the photos.

Graveyard Scene

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I’ve been working on this image since November. The minute I saw MsA, and heard what she had in mind for her session, I KNEW I was going to create an image like this.

Her coloring, her beautiful face and her great figure, combined with her choice of setting were what I’ve been trying to find for the longest time.

So glad I had the opportunity and I can’t wait to work with her again.