Caitlin is a lovely soul, inside and out. She is a wife and busy, working mom of two young boys who are always on the go. Young moms don't usually have the time to pamper themselves so when I offered her an opportunity to come in to the studio 9 months ago, she said yes. And then she second guessed if she wanted to. She wrestled with the idea of it for 9 months. Finally, last month, she said to me, "You know, I've had to take the time to wrap my head around this idea. It's a little out of my comfort zone. I wasn't sure it was for me but I loved the IDEA of it. I had to get past my own block in my head."
And get past it she did!
Caitlin was open to trying new looks so we rented her two amazing dresses from Rent the Runway. We planned out her wardrobe, how she would wear her hair, and how she would choose clothes from her own closet to best suit her. She even indulged me as we set up a gorgeous flower bed. Throughout the shoot, she was bubbly, relaxed and enjoyed being pampered. She never worried about how to pose because I assured her and guided her every step of the way. That's MY job as her photographer.
Two weeks later, during her reveal, she was teary as she watched her behind the scenes video. And when she saw her portraits for the first time in print, she said she was "overwhelmed".
"I never thought I would fall in love with pictures of myself." she said as she continued to stare at her images.
It was the best compliment I could ask for. Thank you Caitlin, for trusting me and showing you yourself again. All hair and makeup by Traci Bellinger of Tres Bien Salon.