More Than Just a Pretty Face

More Than Just a Pretty Face | A Portrait Session Just for Her

"We need to reshape our own perception of how we see ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead." – Beyonce Knowles

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The first time I met Kristy was on social media. She was dressed as the main character from Clueless and we swapped DM’s and memes about girl power. She recently spoke at Gannon University about breaking free from domestic violence and the stigmas surrounding it. Anyone who’s followed me for a while knows my passion for advocating for survivors of domestic abuse. I knew immediately this girl was bold, strong, and I wanted to meet her. 

Kristy contacted me requesting a portrait session: something that showed her as a powerful person, not just a pretty face. She wanted to strip away the feminine stereotype and just be SEEN. She didn’t want to be photographed for someone else, this was a gift for herself. (YES GIRL!) I knew immediately I wanted to photograph her in an urban setting, somewhere gritty and masculine. I contacted Mark Tannenbaum at PACA, Performing Arts Collective Alliance, and reserved the space. 

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“It looks so urban and dirty and hard. I love it!” – Kristy

Fast forward through messages, scheduling conflicts, and exchanging conceptual images to a few weeks ago. A few hectic texts of “I think I failed on the look I’m going for” and “I’m here, I brought a bunch of different clothes” and two forces met on a cold Sunday afternoon.  

Let me tell ya… It. Was. Magic. The light was perfect and Ms. Kristy, of Beyond Kristy, was sooo much fun to work with! She revealed some big plans in the works, but that’s gonna stay locked in the vault cause your girl can keep a secret. She’s a force to be reckoned with, one of the best examples of why having a portrait session for yourself is so important and one I’d be happy to have in front of my lens again any time! 

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“Thank you for making me feel so amazing.” 

When a woman says I’ve made her feel beautiful, or amazing or powerful. I know I’ve done my job. If you have a session with me and you’re thinking about doing it for yourself – GO FOR IT! 

Giving your portrait as a gift for a partner or special occasion is a personal, intimate gift. But having a session for yourself by the right photographer (hello!) will make you feel beautiful and love the skin you’re in.

Until next time, I dare you not to feel empowered scrolling through her gallery. Go ahead and try! 

Do it for yourself. You’ll thank YOU for it!

To visit Beyond Kristy’s Instagram and Blog click below:

Special Thank you to Mark Tannenbaum and PACA for permitting us to shoot on location.

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