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Saturday Portraits

2016 June 6
by Becky

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A couple weeks ago, I did something really fun.

My friend/neighbor Lindsey of Sweet Monday Photography snapped a few casual pics on a stormy Saturday afternoon.

Just kidding!

She held a super snazzy studio session with full makeup and hair, I rented the gorgeous gala dress I wore for an event in December—of which I didn’t have a single good picture—and pretty much felt like a movie star for a day.

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And just looking at this shot, I kind of have that movie star vibe again…it’s fun to pretend.

As parents, we’re all pretty good about scheduling family photo shoots, getting the kids all dressed up in cute seasonal outfits and heading to our favorite park for some adorable documentation. Lindsey actually took our fall pictures too, one (or seven) of which was perfect for our holiday card.

But when do we ever have our own photo taken? One where no funny faces or mustache props are involved? For me, the answer is never. I hadn’t even considered it until a couple months ago when Lindsey said she was working on a new portfolio and needed a few models. Though a bit nervous, I volunteered.

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I’m so glad I did it. I’m in awe of these images. While I was a little worried about being exactly what Lindsey had pictured in her head for this project, it took twenty seconds to relax and understand it was just about being myself. Sure we changed things up a bit for fun—no glasses, bright lipstick, awesome finger curls in my hair, and a rented dress—it all made me feel like a totally different person and completely myself at the same time. It was a blast.

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Watching my friend in her element was entertainment in itself…she’s such a natural. Giving direction and changing gear like it was an olympic sport. I love the details she captured, things I never see in myself. It felt strange not smiling since I’d consider myself a smiley person (ya think?), but it comes through in such a dramatic way…I’m wondering why I don’t walk around like this more often (ha).

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My inclination when seeing the first edited shot was to focus on my “spots”. The ones I’m self conscience about. We all do this, women more so probably, tear ourselves apart instead of seeing the big picture. But when I let it go, looked at the images as a whole, I felt…powerful. And confident. I love them.

Oh and here’s the whole dress…because it’s fabulous I gotta do a full length.

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I’m calling them my super hero shots. My power? Shooting lasers from my eyebrows. They look pretty fierce.

So while I don’t usually smather the blog with photos of myself, I’m going out on a limb here and giving it a try. How can I not share a few of these?

I can’t recommend this experience enough. And having Lindsey as the photographer was what made it all perfect, she exudes passion for her craft. She’s doing these portraits again and has a couple shoots coming up if you are interested! Since she’s still building her portfolio, her price is reduced and it includes the digitals…amazing.

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There’s really something special about seeing images of women like these. They are all spectacular!

6 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    June 7, 2016

    Becky you are just beautiful!! I hope you get a large portrait to hang in your home.

  2. Sandy schon permalink
    June 7, 2016

    Awesome!!!

  3. June 7, 2016

    Really beautiful, Becky. It does sound fun. Would also be fun to do with a few friends, maybe as a party to celebrate a big birthday milestone, or some other event or achievement.

    • Becky permalink*
      June 7, 2016

      Or maybe just by your gorgeous self? I’ll tell M to put in on your Christmas list :)

  4. June 7, 2016

    You look amazing!! All these pics are definitely framers. Is that a Nha Khanh dress? She is one of my high school besties. I’ll have to show her this post! :)

    • Becky permalink*
      June 7, 2016

      Yes!! Nha Khanh!! I’m so obsessed with this dress, I rented it from Rent The Runway for a black tie gala in December and never wanted to take it off, I felt like a million buck AND it’s so comfortable. I didn’t get a decent picture of it (except for one of me in the mouth of a gigantic snake replica…it was a gala for the St. Louis Science Center, ha!) so when this shoot came up I knew exactly what to wear. Tell her she’s amazing!

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