Christina || Bay Area Studio Portrait Session

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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.

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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.

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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?

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I love one-on-one sessions. I’m here to make you feel comfortable and emphasize your best qualities.

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