ALL ABOUT HER LIFE

May 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Let me preface this blog entry by saying, I love women. All women. Even the ones I am not close with. Why? Because I understand every woman's struggle. I deeply respect the sacrifices we make for others and the many roles we take on to keep our families intact; I sympathize with the internal and external struggle we go through to reconcile aging in a society that worships youth or revealing our beauty beyond the physicality; I appreciate the efforts to preserve a delicate equilibrium of equality while protecting femininity. I know you, Woman, and love you for all of your efforts to protect and nurture.

After my last boudoir marathon, I've realized that it has become too limiting for my vision of what I want to show through my photographs and the story I want to tell about every woman who trusts me to photograph her and her life.

Every woman is beautiful at every age and every stage of her life. I want to tell a story about her life: where does she come from; who is she now; where her passions and loyalties lie...I want to let my women have an opportunity to stop the hands of time and preserve the memory of them in this moment. 

Does it need to be a boudoir? Not at all! It can be, but that's not the goal.

I want to create special moments and preserve them forever so that the pictures they keep are the kind of pictures they look back on for the rest of their lives, reminisce and pass along to future generations. I remember how much i cherished the one and only photograph of my grandmother, where she was in her 40....how much that photograph told me about how, how much did it leave untold....So what's my big idea? i want to document your life through my eyes...It can be an engagement or a wedding, a pregnancy shoot or a birth documentary; it can be her first birthday or a highschool senior session; her friends' or family's portraits, or her 80's birthday party; it can be a glamour photoshoot, where she gets to feel like a model, or a boudoir, where she allows her sensuality to be revealed with class and understanding. I promise there is no judgement in what I see, just appreciation of your individuality and artistic vision.

I want my photography to be ALL ABOUT HER LIFE. I want to be YOUR lifetime photographer. I want to get to know YOU and capture what no one sees, but only you know lives within your mind and soul.

In her poem "Phenomenal Woman" Maya Angelou describes the intricate nuances, that may not be recognized at first glance, but are paramount elements of every woman. I will be searching for these nuances to tell the world the story of you, phenomenal woman.

 

PHENOMENAL WOMAN

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

 


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