Photo Tips - Natural Beauty

Have just finished a series of shots with some models and it was a very emotionally testing time. I felt that the women had a great need and dependancy on the result. Further they had collectively utilised cosmetic surgery, hair pieces, expensive jewellery and provocative poses and expressions to enhance their appearances.

I think this is an aspect of life that is becoming more and more conditioned into our physche. I believe we are so less connected to believing in our hearts than ever. We have so little faith in ourselves or fate and turn to all of the things that society says will make us happy and beautiful.

The women I was photographing were all attractive and all seemed to possess a deep ability to feel. However both their feeling and their natural aesthetic beauty was in my opinion being tarnished by all the unconscious need and external additives. I think it is so important for photographers to be aware of this and to truly reach inside to bring out the essence beauty of their subjects.

I have seen model’s features change dramatically during shoots due to their emotional state. I honestyl believe that our minds heavily dictate our emotions and that our emotions drastically change our appearances both short term and long term. Many people seem to want to get instant gratification in life and this is especially apparent in our aesthetic appearances.

However my firm belief is that if people really trusted life and their own emotions that they would look and feel the most beautiful they could ever be. The main model involved in this shoot has in my opinion placed so much passion into appearances both in a physical and emotional sense yet so little passion into understanding her own feelings. As a result I have found her looks to suffer and also that being around her during shoots to be very painful.

I have recently communicated this to her and we had a deep discussion about appearances, emotions and awareness. Following this talk we had a reshoot and the results have been incredible. Whilst still having some dependancy on the result she was noticeably more surrendered and trusting. The shots are in my opinion the best she has ever had with me and I have photogrpahed her over a period of 20 years.

Think that this story is a great one for life in general. I believe that the best anyone can be is their natural and humble self. That when we accept life and ourselves that we allow the space and freedom for our best to shine through.

Photo Tips - Natural Beauty


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