I haven't always felt comfortable having my photo taken or even looking at photos of myself.
For a few years now, I've been wanting to invest in some professional photos.
I think it is important to invest in ourselves and the image that we are putting out into the world.
One day, I saw an offer made by Linden Photography and it caught my attention at the right time. A couple of weeks prior, I was thinking that I was ready to contact a professional photographer.
I was looking for someone who would capture my personality, my love for laughter...
...and maybe too my love for mandalas.
I like this photo as posed as it is. I really don't draw mandalas like this hanging on the arm of a sofa, but it was fun to shoot, just the same.
I felt so comfortable with Laura as she snapped photos. I wore my favorite black shirt, necklace made of vintage buttons, and silver Tibetan mandala ring as I added marks to my latest mandala journal.
I changed clothes into my favorite color blue to match my eyes.
I call this my "Susie Orman shot," a.k.a. "power shot." The pink scarf matched perfectly with my top traveled all the way from Indonesia. (I love the gifts that Sylvia brings us when she visits us here in the States.)
If you have the opportunity to work with a professional photographer it is not only good for the image you are putting out into the world, it is good for your self esteem. When I look at these photos, it boosts my self confidence.
I love how Lori-Ann Lemieux Reynolds at Pretty in Pink did my make-up. This week I met up with her to get her advice on colors and products. She gave me some great tips on how to apply make-up.
Laura Leslie of Linden Photography was so easy to work with. I think one of the most important things to look for in a photographer is someone who you feel you can be yourself with and totally comfortable. I know many talented photographers in New Hampshire, but for me, I knew my eyes would easily sparkle with Laura. Add to this, I love Laura's focus with her business: she is interested in helping women to feel beautiful. She certainly did this for me.
It hasn't been easy to post photos of myself online. This time it feels different: I'm really feeling comfortable and confident with these photos, thanks to Laura.
I encourage you to invest in yourself. You are so worth it!
Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler + Mandala Maven