A Portrait Shoot with Sarah

 

Sarah came in with her daughter Sofia and her husband Murtaza for a portrait shoot. She is a professional, and a mom, and a no-nonsense, all-around bad ass from New York. She had but one request: to look hot. No problem, I said. She is a stylish, naturally beautiful woman, with self-confidence up the wazoo, and as we all know, confidence is sexy.

Sarah commands the attention of the room, and I’m not going to lie, corralling her energy was tough! But Sarah is my kind of girl, who calls it exactly how she sees it, and so I was excited to make her feel like a rock star. She already looked the part, with a fresh new hairstyle that complemented her exotic features perfectly. We gave her a dark, sexy, smokey eye to make her look smokin’ hot.

Although it was Sarah’s special day, I also wanted to give her daughter Sofia a little birthday gift, so we spent about 45 minutes shooting while Sarah was finishing up her makeup. Sofia is an out-going little girl, but on this day she was extremely shy in front of the camera (who wouldn’t be shy in front of 2 studio strobes mounted on gigantic octabanks almost as big as she is). Sofia wouldn’t look up at the camera, so I dragged her daddy into the shot and, like a great sport, he helped get her smiling. It took her a little while before she finally warmed up….

 

Sofia with Daddy

Studio family portrait of little girl hugging her dad

Studio Family Portrait of little girl kissing her dad on the cheek

Studio Family portrait of a little girl kissing her dad on the cheek

 

After a few priceless shots with her mom and dad, it was time to get Sarah’s shoot underway…

 

Introducing Sarah:

studio beauty glamour portrait of a woman in a white top against a grey backdrop

Beauty glamour portrait of a stylish Persian woman wearing a black hat

studio beauty glamour portrait of a woman in a white top against a grey backdrop

studio beauty glamour portrait of a woman in a white top against a grey backdrop

 

As confident as Sarah is, model posing was 100% foreign to her, and so it took a little while to get into the “flow.” But once she did, Sarah pulled off stunning shot after stunning shot. The longer we went, the better she got, and we finished with one special request, a traditional shot to honor her Persian culture. Gorgeous photograph from a gorgeous woman. Sarah has already booked another shoot, this time a wedding dress makeover. She didn’t have a wedding photographer, and so I am going to help her get some absolutely beautiful shots in a wedding dress.  For this shoot I will be pulling out Oliphant-style backdrop that I spent more hours than I care to admit hand painting! Should be FUN!

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