Defiantly Beautiful

Tuesday, February 22, 2016 was time to update staff pictures at our preschool.  I brought in my tripod, nikon df with my go to nikon 28-200 mm lens and between Cindy and I we clicked away. I like to help my subjects a little if I see them struggling to figure out what to do in front of the camera.

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Cindy, a girl that wears many hats.

Cindy, ahh, not so much. She figures the subject knows what to do better than anyone else. She is sooooo optimistic. LOL!

I am always curious when I watch really good looking people get in front of the camera. They squirm, stiffen up, fidget, or get an incredible look of panic on their faces. They can’t relax. The best pictures always happen when people have fun in front of the camera.

Many people refuse to have their pictures taken because they dread looking at themselves. The perception that has been programmed into their minds is unfortunate. From my perspective I see them as striking, unique, beautiful, and strong.


What they have been trained to identify as flaws I see as strengths. Often it is that crooked tooth, imperfect nose, or bold chin that draws my eye to them. We may be free thinking people, but sometimes we need just a wee bit of direction. Bend here, tilt there, look here and bam! It’s a wrap.

I enjoy watching people become comfortable and witnessing as their inhibitions begin to melt away. Confidence and trust reveal themselves in the way they smile, and their faces relax, and they twist, and turn, and play with the camera. I love when that happens. DSC_4527GeorgianaCabral

There is a moment when a person becomes defiantly beautiful in their minds and it shows in their eyes. That moment is the picture I want to capture. I see them as beautiful but when they see themselves that way is when the magic happens.  I am delighted when someone sees themselves in a picture and approves of what they see.  It’s definitely a “YES”moment!

I see photography as art. I like images to portray dynamism. I tend to pose my clients in ways that reflect personality and attitude. I am not in search of pretty, perfect, or the kind of images you see posted on corporate walls. Pretty can be really boring. I prefer style. These things last. Pretty fades darling.  To quote Diana Vreeland –“You don’t have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive.”
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Diana Vreeland and Iris Apfel are two woman who portray the essence of defiant beauty to me. Google them if you’ve not heard of them. This is one of my favorite Iris Apfel quotes: I never felt pretty. I don’t feel pretty now. I’m not a pretty person. I don’t like pretty. So I don’t feel badly. And I think it worked out well, because I found that all the girls I know who got by on their looks, as time went on and they faded, they were nothing. And they were very disappointed. When you’re somebody like myself, in order to get around and be attractive, you have to develop something, you have to learn something, you have to do something. So you become a bit more interesting. Read more at:

Here are this years wildly attractive staffers!


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