It always feels so surreal to me when I meet ladies who tell me they never look good in photographs and therefore hate being in front of a camera.
I always think ‘If only you saw what I see’.
Which is why I do the work I do. I want every woman who gets in front of my camera to feel beautiful, accepted and loved. I want to give them a different perspective on themselves; to show them what I see, to show them their inner and outer beauty.
We were all created different and in those differences is where our beauty lies.
Today I’m presenting you the beautiful and amazing Tuuli.
She originally contacted me because she has been on a quest to challenge herself, to do things she never thought she would and to build up her self-esteem.
One of the things she dislikes, normally, is being in front of a camera and she, like many women unfortunately, is very critical of photographs of herself. The idea of being photographed in front of people also made her very uncomfortable.
So naturally that’s where I took her – in the middle of people, right in the heart of Helsinki.
Let’s see what happened..
Tuuli in the center of attention
Sanomatalo was our first location. Sitting here something magical started to happen. I had photographed Tuuli for a little while when she said to me: “You know what? I’m no longer nervous! I feel really relaxed.”
That made us both shriek in joy and excitement – we had somehow managed to move past her fears in the first location already.
I felt giddy.
“HAPPINESS IS AN INSIDE JOB.” -WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
“You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha
Our second location was the beautiful Musiikkitalo with its gorgeous clean lines. At this point Tuuli was radiating – you could see how she enjoyed being photographed.
Imagine that! The girl who, until now, has very much disliked being photographed.
Our photo session became so natural and such a beautiful moment.
Later on this is what Tuuli said about the experience:
“I tried not to think too much about where we were going to go, but like I said, the first thought was oh I hope we are not going to really public places! On the other hand I thought, I trust you and your vision. Besides you have a nice and calming presence.
So beforehand I was scared and nervous about the whole thing, how could I be in front of a camera when it doesn’t feel like me at all. I was nervous about being the center of attention and the unnatural feel of it. What will other people think of me and of the entire situation? That thought has eaten me for years. I still arrived with a relaxed mind. And the whole thing started off with good vibes and relaxed atmosphere. I wasn’t nervous about the people around me (the biggest surprise) nor did I feel uncomfortable (the second WOW). I didn’t even think of what I looked like.
And I was left with a winner feeling! I felt so good.
This is a long road I am on towards an overall self-respect, courage and stronger self-esteem. I’m also after a more merciful attitude towards myself and my shortcomings and accepting myself for who I am. Our photography session brought me much further in this goal. It might sound shallow and meaningless to someone else, and in some way I find it hard to articulate all of the positive and empowering feelings that came with this experience.
Thank you so much again, it was such a great moment with you!”
If you would like to be photographed to increase your confidence, to face your fears, to do something you never thought you would, contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org – I would love to work with you and help you move towards a stronger path.
Thank you so much for reading the story of the beautiful Tuuli and checking out the photographs we created together. If you found this blog post and these photographs touching, please share them with friends and family who might gain something from them as well.
Thank you again – I wish you a wonderful day!
Until next time lovelies,