Do I look good with a shaved head?
As we head into the ninth week of lockdown and in between seemingly endless zoom-meetings, box-set bingeing (Walking Dead) and finding ways to make my cheese scones rise. I’m re-reading most of the books on my kindle (and fooling myself into forgetting the endings) or discovering new articles on Renaissance painters to inspire my photography. Renaissance artists used light, shadow, and composition to influence how we feel, much the same as my photography. Looking at my portraits, you feel you’ve glimpsed into someone’s happiness; I aim to create something between a timeless portrait and a modern headshot that shines with confidence.
If you’re reading this blog post, you’ll be into art or photography too, so that’s hardly a revelation, but it strikes a chord, especially as one of the few things about the quarantine has been the renewed focus on where we live and our relationship with those we love. After all, we look at each other’s faces every day, the too-long hair and messy clothes, so how we revaluate our life is more important than ever. It’s no wonder that online fitness classes and mental health support have boomed over the past few months, just as I’ve taken the opportunity to improve my photography skills using self-portraiture. In my Ryde home studio, I’m championing the mantra #empoweringwomen as I search for uplifting ways to support local entrepreneurs through my photography.
So, these self-portraits are an ode to the power of positivity and how photography has the power to transform how you see yourself. As the bird song awakens us in the morning, a quite unexpected yet delightful consequence of the lockdown, my photography aims to be light-filled and joyful, bursting with positivity and inspiration. During my portrait sessions, my attention turns to easing your nerves and showing you how well-taken photographs will transform your anxiety into giddy excitement. Again, something else that even the most confident of people need more than ever, you’ll find that relaxing into your headshot session will give you the polished feel for your book launch or social media presence.
And, whilst we’re waiting for social visiting to be lifted, I’ve shaved my hair and updated my headshots for 2020. I made a list of some of my favourite painters and re-created their vision to fire my creativity. If you’re new to my Isle of Wight photography site, here’s how I looked before!
If you’d like to be added to my waiting list whilst we’re waiting for things to ease, I’ve started compiling my studio slots and you don’t need to shave your head to have your photograph taken!
My aim is simple – to ensure a truly wonderful experience. I customise each photo session, from the beginning of the shoot right until your items are delivered. My goal is to personally look after you every step of the way. That way I know you’ll get a service that is second to none.
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by an Isle of Wight photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight
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