Christina || Bay Area Studio Portrait Session
This was the first studio session I did at Creative Space Studios in Dublin. I couldn’t have asked for a more successful first day. I grabbed my long-time bestie who also happens to be stupid beautiful and set her up in front of a black backdrop. I love simple portraits like this. The natural light mixed with her minimalist look was perfect (the fisherman sweater! the tan jacket! a bold lip! pinch me, I’m dreaming!).
It’s kind of amazing to me that I can photograph her and capture the ways she looks like an adult. We met when we were 10 and here we are, almost 30 (ok in one more year - I’m excited). Sometimes I have a moment where I see a group of late 20-somethings and realize that I’m them and it’s kind of shocking. I catch my reflection in my mirror and go yeah girl, you’re almost 30 and there’s kind of a power in that. I have a handful of friends who are in their 30s and it’s been renamed as the time to get your shit together. As a millennial we’re told you graduate college and then there it is: the rest of your life. My 20s have been a time for tripping and falling and making tons of choices and learning from them. I see my friends in their 30s and they’re getting in shape and making bold choices that benefit, not destroy. I’m pretty excited for it.
So what does it take to be the kind of person who can stare directly into a camera with this much calm intensity? Surprise: anyone can do it, even if you think you’re shy. I’m all about creating a comfortable environment for my clients. What grounds you? I love giving time for you to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and when you open your eyes, you are you. And that’s all I want in front of my camera.
In addition to breathing, finding a way to capture someone’s essence without seeing their eyes is a fun game. Who are you when your face isn’t seen? Are you hiding a part of you, or can you be just as present and powerful?