A few years ago I met Brenda Pottinger at a blogging event. She mentioned in passing that someday she would love to take my picture. I am sure on that day I had my hair in unkempt top knot with my brows needing to be plucked and carrying few more pounds than I felt needed to be photographically documented. Another year went by and she mentioned it again and a few months ago she wore me down and scheduled a day for me to come to her studio.
I honestly thought that I would go in and get a new head shot for my blog picture and I would be on my merry way but in the few hours I spent with Brenda, I realized that our time together was not about that at all.
The day started with me running late, naturally. I am a mom after all and a directionally challenged one at that so my anxiety was hitting a high note when I got to Studio 821. I was literally glistening with sweat as I burst through the door slinging apologies for my tardiness.
She ushered me to a pretty lit make up chair to an angel named Trina Paul who worked some sort of voodoo magic on me because within minutes of sitting in that chair both Trina and Brenda were calming me down and began working on the mess that I came in as.
Against my better judgement I am going to show you this before shot. But, check out the Chanel eye pads. Trina goes all out using only the best. This is where my first point was realized.
1. Treat Yo’self. I just finished binge watching Parks and Rec and if you have ever seen it 2 of the characters take days each year to treat themselves. Never in a million years would I buy myself Chanel anything. But, it’s not only ok to pamper yourself, you deserve it!
It didn’t take long for Trina’s magic to take full effect and her skills were so incredible that all of my nerves about getting in front of the camera in a few minutes were melting away because for the first time in a long time, I felt pretty.
Which brings me to reason number two.
2. You are beautiful. Somewhere behind raising three kids, running a home and business it’s really easy to forget that you are beautiful. I know I don’t feel it everyday but taking time out of day to get makeup professionally done was the confidence booster that I didn’t know I needed.
Brenda asked me when the last time I had my picture taken and the question took me aback. We have had family photos done but as far as just a picture of me that wasn’t a selfie? It had to be my wedding. Folks, that was 15 years ago!
3. You are worth remembering. Document who you are today. Despite your weight, your job or where you thought you would be or look like. The people in your life see the beauty and importance of you everyday. A portrait lets You see it!
4. Get out of your comfort zone. If your photographer tells you to put on a skirt and twirl or lay across a couch with your shoulder angled awkwardly…do it. Trust the process and your photographer! They know how to make you look your best. The shot that I was most uncomfortable taking ended up being one of my very favorites!
This picture is probably my absolute favorite one that she took. It’s hard to explain if you have not experienced it, but as Brenda made me feel comfortable and guided the session there was a direction that just made me feel like me and when I heard the click of her camera I knew that one of those shots would be one that my family would treasure. When I think about what faces my kids see me make, I think this is one that will resonate with them. I didn’t realize how thankful I would be to Brenda for capturing it.
5. Find a photographer that feels like an old friend. Getting your portrait taken can be a vulnerable experience. But, if you find the right photographer something clicks and the person that you know you are deep down shines through and your photographer can capture it better than any selfie ever could.
If you are lucky enough to live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area I would be beyond thrilled to recommend Brenda of Pottinger Photography to take your pictures. She specializes in wedding and family portraits and there is something really special about a photographer capturing all of your special life moments. I know that as a family we would be honored to have Brenda photograph us again! I can’t tell you how comfortable she made me feel in my own skin and the instant trust I had in not only her photography skills but as a person. I felt like I walked out with a new member of my squad.
Trina Paul has recently moved into Studio 821 full time as the owner of Pout Studio. She does it all from make up to hair and even teaches make up classes. (Which I still need to sign up for!) Trina is an artist of every sense of the word and her skills speak for themselves. Seriously, take a look at how I walked in again and then you can understand why I am in awe and wonder of her skills.
Brenda and Trina gifted me this session but all opinions are my own.