Over the years, I’ve found it very natural to express myself through photography. But I sort of lost touch with it all when the smartphone came into existence. I suddenly stopped taking pictures with my DSLR and before I knew it, was capturing everything on my iPhone. I had every mobile photography app you could imagine… at one point I thought to myself, what was the point of lugging around a camera and lenses anymore?
But over the years, I discovered my pictures had lost their magic. The stories behind them weren’t as genuine, and I wasn’t capturing special moments in my life the way I was before. Maybe this was just part of growing older, I thought? Maybe it was a phase? But one night, I was talking with a co-worker Steph who mentioned she needed a new headshot for her LinkedIn profile. I suddenly remembered that deep down, buried in my camera kit was a 50mm portrait lens collecting dust. I immediately suggested the idea of doing a fun photo shoot after work one night, (with the agreement that we wouldn’t take it too seriously since I’m an amateur photographer).
We set a date, invited our friend Luisa, and before I knew it, I was setting up lights and playing with camera settings. We loosened up with a beverage (or four), and as we started snapping away, we began chit-chatting, laughing, singing and dancing (thank you Beyonce).
The ladies started putting on makeup, doing wardrobe changes, and I was loving every minute of it. They were happy, glowing (my god were they ever glowing), and I had the fortune of capturing it all. They suggested I play dress-up too and join the fun. After a bit of hesitance, I figured, why not?
Before I knew it, I was rocking lipstick and wearing colours I wouldn’t normally dare to buy. I’m going to be honest here, my wardrobe is practically all black (thanks to years of working in the TV industry) and quite frankly it’s been years since I went shopping for a dress. As we started snapping away, I realized how much fun it was to play dress-up, and well… just genuinely laugh and smile. Every woman should do it at least once a year. It’s a fabulous way to capture your personal growth and inner goddess.
Below are just a few of my favourite shots from the night. I still have a lot more to learn about photography, so I’ll consider this a stepping stone into my new passion project; The Untethered Portrait Series.
No smartphones. No WIFI. Just bringing out the best in people and learning some new things along the way.
As I approach my thirties, I’m starting to see and feel myself blossom into a woman. My career, personal life, and passion projects are finally starting to feel balanced and I’m enjoying my time ‘untethered’ more than ever. I’ve now made it a goal of mine to have a portrait shoot with someone each month so that I can: a) learn more about photography and b) help bring out the glow and magic I see in so many people.
I’ll be starting a Portrait Series on my Facebook page, so if you feel like following along for the photographic adventure, give my page a ‘Like’ and please feel free to leave your feedback.
oh, and don’t forget to smile :)