Have you ever had an individual portrait session? Other than when you were a baby? One more question: have you every thought about it? Documenting you, through the stages of your life, means celebrating who you are, where you’re going, and sometimes where you’ve been. Before I became a photographer, I knew this in theory, but I didn’t really internalize it until I understood how important visual memories can be for a person. So, I’ve listed out my top ten reasons to book a portrait session. In future posts I’ll break down each one to offer even more insight. I hope you’ll look through this list and realize that it’s okay to highlight you and to own professional photos of yourself. You’ll be happy you did when you can look back at a physical record of the person who should always be your top priority–you, my friend!
If you own your own business, potential customers don’t only wanna see your logo or your brand name. They wanna see you! And if you have different social media accounts like Instagram or Linked In, your picture needs to be consistent. Seeing the same head shot or portrait of you makes you reliable, consistent, and comforting in the eyes of a future client.
“Hair is everything.” I heard Phoebe Waller Bridge (love her so much) say this on Fleabag. And she’s right. If your hair is looking good, then you’re likely feeling good–about you. A great color or haircut can make you feel empowered, sexy, and courageous. Your self-esteem is at it’s highest. Wouldn’t you want a record of yourself feeling that way? When you look at a photo you’re in, you can always remember what was going on in your life and in your mind that day. Having a reminder of you experiencing joy about being who you are–sounds like a must have.
Tattoos are a personal statement. You don’t get a tattoo without great consideration for what it’s going to look like or say. This permanent accessory helps to express who you are. There’s meaning and significance. More than likely a feeling or memory is attached to it. And it’s so important to you that you painted it on your body–forever. Why wouldn’t you want a portrait of yourself that highlights it?
When a woman puts on a dress, an amazing thing happens. She feels dainty, sultry, romantic, or sassy. There’s a whole lot of other adjectives I could fill in, but you get the idea. If you have a great dress in your closet, especially one that you wore to one occasion but spent lots of time finding and lots of money to procure, you need a portrait session in that dress!
If you’re a yogi, you have enjoyed the triumphant feeling you get in your body when you’re enjoying yoga and feeling the ease yet profound work of being in a pose. Unlike sports or other physical activities, yoga allows you to hold a position–one that has a purpose–and let’s face it–it looks cool too! Celebrate what your body can do! Have a portrait session where you get to “pose” doing your favorite poses!
If you’re a person who loves accessories like hats and jewelry paired with your daily attire, those are great accents for a portrait session. You may even have a great hat or piece of jewelry that you’ve never actually worn but hold onto because you hope to one day have a place to wear them. A portrait session is that long-awaited opportunity for you.
You may not think about a portrait session just for you since you have another person coming into your life. But, one day, especially after having kids and being married for a while, you’re gonna wish you had a few photos of just you. It’s a special time in your life that you’ll never get back. You–by yourself. Before you were a wife or a husband. Not holding anyone’s hand or with someone’s arms around you. And I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to want that.
Every birthday is a milestone, whether it’s recognized as one or not. You don’t have to be 16, 18, 21, 30 or 40, etc. to have an excuse to have a portrait done on your birthday. Not only is each birthday a perfect time for reflection on who you are and what kind of legacy you want to leave, which I wrote about in a blog post: She Makes Us Laugh, but it’s also a time to document your physical changes. I know you’re probably thinking that that’ the last thing you’d like to preserve, but hear me out. If you wait even ten years to get a photo taken, you’ll have changed so much from the last picture, you’ll be wondering what you looked like five years before. Or seven years. Even two years before.
We set goals for ourselves so that we can move forward, get better at something, and continue to grow. That often means we attend a school to earn a degree or take courses in an area of interest (like the one’s I started with at Precision Camera in Austin, Texas– https://www.precision-camera.com/all-classes/). If you’ve graduated from something or from somewhere, it’s time to celebrate! Whatever or wherever you’ve graduated from is a big deal. And you don’t have to be donning a cap and gown for this session!
It’s a new season–literally and figuratively. Right now it’s fall. Fall is the time to prepare for the old to fall away. Time to think about the things in your life or the habits in your life, or even the food in your life that no longer serves you. Let all that fall away and then dig out your comfy sweater (or buy a new one–even better) and book a portrait session.
These are just ten reasons to book a portrait session. I could have given you many more. I chose these because they are all reasons I’ve thought of having portraits done of myself. That’s why I can speak to them wholeheartedly. As I said at the beginning, my plan is to expound on each of these ten reasons. I hope you’ll join me again.