Self-love, Portraits and Feeling Beautiful

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Have you ever had a portrait session with a professional photographer? If you did, how did it feel? To be honest, I am in like with my body and my looks on a fairly regular basis. But having my photograph taken has never, ever been something I seek. In fact, I avoid being photographed as much as possible. I just don’t love looking at myself. I remember getting the proofs from my wedding and all I could do was feel horrible that my ass looked big and one of my eyebrows always shows much higher than the other! What should have been the memorialization of a significant day in my life was only me judging myself. I am guessing I am not alone in my self-judgement.

Recently I had the pleasure of virtually meeting Tristan Anderson, a photographer based on the East Coast, whose client base is focused on middle-aged women. He found me on Instagram and we quickly realized that we share the same mission of helping women of a certain age thrive.

As I’ve gotten to know Tris, I’ve become as much a fan of his as he is of mine. He specializes in portrait sessions for women and his philosophy and process show an amazing understanding of what women want and need. He knows women in their 40’s or 50’s have lived through some shit, had an array of experiences and have a more authentic type of confidence as a result. His process is designed to unlock this depth of life experience and capture it in beautiful photos. Tristan believes every single woman is beautiful and understands that women do want to be seen and loved. Hell YES to that!

I am impressed with the thoughtfulness and care Tristan takes with his clients. He gives each woman a tremendous amount a lot of time and energy, including several meetings before the day of the photo shoot to build a relationship and trust in advance. Getting to really know his subject is a key part of the process. He makes it incredibly convenient for his clients by giving them a packet with instructions leading up to the big day. Wardrobe is chosen in advance so you feel confident about your selections. Spa appointments are booked so you are looking and feeling your best. I think it’s a lovely process that undoubtedly does lead to feeling more gorgeous and confident in front of the camera. He’s thought through every detail to make the session an incredible experience!

I loved getting to understand Tristan’s portrait business so much that I am going to go and have a session with him soon. And I may even get a group of women organized in Chicago so he can make a trip here and photograph us all! We all deserve to feel beautiful.

Have a look at some photographs of some women who Tristan has taken through his process:

And a very special deal for my readers!

Mention that you saw these deals on Anne’s blog and get:

Collection 1: $100 OFF
Collection 2: $200 OFF
Collection 3: $350 OFF

The images used for this blog post Tris’s amazing clients that have allowed Tris Anderson Photography to use their images in marketing and/or social media. However, may not have selected this Dating Package for themselves.

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