For those that have come to know me, you know that I’m a pretty awkward socially. I say silly things, make silly noises, and generally will trip over things. However, I now see it as much of a part of what makes me, me. My friend Laura has really helped me open up a lot and really learn to embrace my wackiness. So when Laura came to me to tell me how much she liked my photos and how she has never had her photo taken professionally, I instantly had to put together something that showed how pretty she is, but also enabling her to fully express herself, even if I was the photographer.
I rented a studio in downtown Baltimore that had all kinds of space and cool perks like music, tons of props, and an owner that didn’t care if I re-arranged absolutely everything. Can you ask for anything better? Laura wanted to do a variety of different looks, and we fit as many as we could into the little bit of time we had there. Usually I tend to start with more lighthearted shots first and then work our way up to the more “sexy” styled shots, but Laura came in and starting wrangling her gorgeous latex dress (check out KLAWTEX). A lot of people tend to be a little scared of latex, but (unless you have a latex allergy) I have literally never seen anyone who looked bad in it, and especially not Laura.
We went from there to talking about how she really wanted photos of herself being extremely herself- her goofy, fun, and hilarious self. She donned a pretty blue dress and proceeded to spin and jump around, making adorable expressions after another. There is something amazing about seeing someone open up in front of the camera and be utterly themselves. You get such great, expressive images that make their personal energy radiate from the image.
Lastly, she had brought her partner Adam and wanted to take some photos with him, both in her fuzzy Totoro onesie and some in her pretty dress. I love both sets as they show how much they are into each other and honestly felt energized by photographing them together.
Laura had mentioned that she was a little nervous but ended up feeling completely comfortable when modeling. She even said a few nice things:
“I am generally uncomfortable and self-conscious when having my picture taken and had never been in a professional photo shoot involving posing, so I was fairly nervous about it. Maura gave me ideas was able to tweak my poses down to the arch of my back, hand position and even expression. Despite my awkwardness, the pictures came out beautiful and really naturally sexy (if I do say so myself). Overall, I had a really positive experience and the pictures are some of the best that have ever been taken of me.” – Laura Schilling
What do you think? If you were to be in front of the camera, how would you like to be captured?