I am an amateur photographer and am not comfortable facing the lens end of a camera. I’ve looked at this face for 58 years and have never been impressed with my image. Gia told she was being interviewed for the local news to help promote her kickstarter for VEV Studios she wanted to photograph me for the segment, I was shocked then torn. I want to support women in business but photograph me? I assumed that someone must have cancelled.
On the day of the shoot I was psyched up and nervous with pre-photo jitters. Fortunately I was really put at ease when I sat down for makeup. Kelliana was a friendly skilled professional and was dialed in to make me comfortable. They accomplished what I think looked pretty natural but definitely an improvement. While we visited, I ruminated about what clothes to bring in from my car. I was pleased that they liked the clothes I brought and I think I may have surprised them with a couple of the pieces. The first photos were taken with me in jeans, boots and a leather jacket then I changed into a leather vest and ended the experience in my favorite little black dress and heels. With each clothing change I’d look into the mirror and remind myself it was me looking back. The presence of a reporter and camerawoman filming Gia as she posed, coached and photographed me, heightened my self awareness.
Gia is a passionate, enthusiastic photographer who obviously loves to look through the lens. Her positive energy is contagious and I think that is why her photos look glamorous yet natural for the women. I know it is more than just pointing and shooting, it is her sincere desire to get what the person is about. I had no idea what I’d look like in this type of photography. Though I was posed while photographed, the finished product looks like I just turned and she snapped the image. It was very easy to follow her instructions or examples and with every snap of the shutter I wondered what she captured. What an honor to see VEV on the ground level and experience photography from the other side of the lens. It was very positive and uplifting to see how make up, shooting angles and pure talent create wonderful images. Every woman should have one these fabulous photography experiences. My best wishes and support to VEV Studio and the women who are VEV!
Fashion photography before by VEV Studios.
Fashion photography by VEV Studios.