It's time to kick off 2016 with a bang and talk about something that I feel quite strongly about. Beautiful images of beautiful women. Here's the thing, I want to celebrate every woman, I am often asked what my target market is and honestly the majority of the women who hire me are between the ages of 18-25 but i don't consider them to be my target market. Don't get me wrong I dont mind at all, but the whole idea behind my business was every woman is beautiful and I really feel that my target market is quite simply: female, yup if youre female its you! Sometimes I get messages asking if I will photograph someone because "I know you don't do older people but..." rubbish I don't shoot older people. I love shooting older people, I love shooting younger people and age really isn't a factor for me! I would be lying if i didn't say that it actually hurts when I see these messages in my inbox. So, I am doing something about it!
Beauty at any age
Let's have a little discussion here, I, as much as anyone am the harshest judge of myself, what I look like and how I feel about it. Recently I caught myself saying my child had sucked the beauty out of me when if anything he has added far more beauty to my life than any other human in existance. I was joking ofcourse, but underneath the joke was this sad feeling that as I was getting older I wasn't as beautiful as I had once been. Admittedly as someone who struggles with my weight this is partially to do with that, but what I have come to realise over the last year is that regrdless of what I look like beauty is not just skin deep. Beauty being skin deep is one of the most insidious lies we can foster because beauty in all its wondrous glory is indeed not what is found on the outside at all, instead it is that light that shines out of each and every one of us. As a photographer I have seen many women, of all ages in front of my camera, we all have our insecurities, but every one of us is beautiful and each one of us is someone that has something to give and offer to others.
You are someone who is loved, that in itself is a beautiful thing and that is why I want the opportunity to show you just how amazingly beautiful you really are. Photography is one of the most life changing gifts, it really is, it is a gift to yourself because it can literally change the way you see yourself, but more than that the images become a part of your legacy. Whether you are still with us in 30, 40, 50 years or not, the images you have taken of yourself will be your loved ones most prized posesssions. Please don't tell me that you're not good looking enough, or youthful enough because to someone you are their whole world and the most perfect being that ever existed.
My Goals for 2016
Personal project number 1 for 2016 is to photography and interview women of all ages and from many different backgrounds as well as focussing on some of the different relationships that exist between us whether that be sisters, generational, or friends.
I am looking for women- you might realise how gorgeous you are, or you may be one of us who have forgotten, or perhaps you haven't even discovered it yet. Each month I will have one day where I will open up the studio doors for this project.
Each month I will fill available spots with ages of people I havent done in the previous months (that means for the first date its open season) I do need a variety of different ages but at this stage I will only need one of each there will be a list of ages below and I will remove them as they are filled so check back regularly. If you or someone you know is between the ages of 0- 100 plus and you live in Dunedin I would love to meet you! Please use the form at the bottom of this page to get in touch so I can send you more details and book you in!
In addition to the above I will be approaching individuals in the community that I feel would be a good fit. From beauty filled with wonder right through to beauty filled with wisdom, I hope to be meeting many of you this coming year!
What's in it for you?
Lets be honest this is a huge undertaking and I am assuming the project will take me many hours both behind a camera and behind a screen but it is not without its rewards. The images taken for this project have the end goal of being part of a book. I would love to offer you a complimentary photography session in studio (usually $450) and a print credit of $100, this on its own will save you $550.
I will help you to choose and style your clothes, your makeup will be taken care of by JC Beauty Co and I will take and edit around 20 final images. I know the value of a good photograph and so I will never try to hard sell you more than you want to buy. There is no minimum purchase, and you will be given price lists before booking in so you do not need to worry that you will have to buy photos that you do not feel represent you or that you just dont need or that you can't afford. I will take this opportunity however to say that I do take both payment plans AND credit cards so if you would like to but cost was a factor that worried you this should help you feel at ease and that $100 print credit ensures that everyone who takes part leaves with something
What is required of you?
A before image- one of the things I want to document is how a photoshoot can supercharge your confidence and how noticable that is in such a short amount of time.
Put simply, a few hours of your time, not only will you have your makeup and photoshoot, but you will also need to be available to come and view your images at a later date.
A model release will be required this is not as daunting as it sounds but just gives me permission to share images and use them as part of my book. If this is not something you arre comfortablle with but you really love the idea of these photoshoots then you are welcome to contact me and make a booking the old fashioned way.
Viewing session- the best way for you to see all your final images is to come in and discuss them in person. It allows you to see what they look like printed and if you have to have them right then and now you can pay and take them away. I print the images for viewing sessions at 8x10 with beautiful quality prints from Queensbury.
The aim of our sessions is timeless and classic portraiture the focus is on you not your surroundings and so all of our sessions will be done in studio for consistent "feel" across each of the sessions.
Clothing that suits includes chifffon, lace, tulle and anything light and floaty. I suggest bringing in atleast 2 outfits- one could be a beautiful dress and the other a more casual look. You will have tme to do 2 outfits in an hours shoot.
Shoes- feel free to bring heels but to be honest the majority of women I photograph in these types of sessions tend to be barefoot. While heels can make you feeel sexy if you are not used to wearing them they can actually hinder you from being comfortable. I would rather you relaxed and comfortble than worrying about your shoes!
As a Final Thank You
As a final thank you I will be gifting everyone who takes part another complimentary voucher to use ona photoshoot of their choosing at another date throughout 2016-2017 (depending on when you take part) this means that if you would love to do a whole family shoot, a fine art or a fashion shoot or you need corporate headshots some time in the next year or so you are welcome back!
Ages and Stages
Please note where ever it says taken it just means that someone has contacted me about that specific age, if they do not end up going through with the sitting i will remove the "taken" so feel free to apply
Any ages in BOLD mean I have no applications for that age!
Any age that is 100% booked will be removed.
Updated: 5 feb 2016
The beauty of wonder (0-19)
0, 3months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2,3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, 19.
The independent years (20-29)
20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28.
Thirty, Flirty and Thriving (30-39)
30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 38.
Roaring 40's (40-49)
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48(taken), 49.
Fabulous at Fifty (50-59)
51 (taken), 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59.
Sixty and the world is yours (60-69)
60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69.
Spectacular Seventies (70-79)
70, 71, 72 73, 74, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79.
1x late 70s (taken unsure exact age)
The Beauty of Wisdom (80-100+)
80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 100+
Generational- Grandmother, mother, daughter (taken)
I love this idea how do i help out or take part?
Contact me, contact me, contact me! The only way this project will get finished is by people helping me find beautiful women of very age. Just like pantene it wont happen overnight but it will happen. But I need your help to get there! Please share this post with any females you know in the Dunedin area who you feel would be a good fit.
Nominate your mother or grandmother, or your daughter any females you feel have made a positive impact on your life.
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