Welcome to our brand new website and blog site! So much has been going on within our brand and I’m so excited for the new changes. One of the shoots that I’ve been dying to share is this generation shoot of my good friend Naomi and her family. We started the make-up and hair at 10am with our talented artist Patricia and wrapped everything up at 7pm. The talks, the moments, and the emotions we shared throughout the whole process was incredible and I thought what better way than having the lovely ladies tell you about the whole experience.
“I am 29, a single mother, and a senior at UC Davis, majoring in Design. Darla is 7 and a “firsty” (as she calls herself) at a small country school on the edge of Davis, Ca. We live with my mom who was a single mom as well, only with 3 children on top of going to school. Now we are 3 generations of women supporting each other, learning from one another and standing stronger than ever.
The whole process of being photographed has been a such a fun and pleasurable experience. It all started from the initial consultation through the photoshoot and it continued on throughout the reveal session. Now my photos are a lasting keepsake to be cherished by my family for generations. What a great memory!
Initially to get things rolling for the shoot, David asked me how I wanted to be photographed. How did I want to be captured? We communicated ideas, building the aesthetic and creating the mood that I wanted. I appreciated the balance between my input and David’s guidance.
It was a totally new experience for me, not to mention for my Mom and my daughter who did this session with me. It was fun being able to mock up how the shoot was going to go, plan outfits and shape its style. Although I felt nervous, there was this excitement knowing that I was going through this experience with my daughter and my Mom.
Something I wasn’t sure about was my Mom. I didn’t think my Mom would go for it, and I was right (at first) because she said no. My mom actually didn’t want to be photographed, and she made that clear. This felt different though. It was about being you, highlighting you for who you are and she agreed to be a part of the experience.
I feel we grew even closer through this experience, which is not something I say often because we are already so close. The shoot was a celebration of each other. It was a time to reflect and feel grateful, but also to be appreciated and enjoy the attention on me. I felt like a goddess in front of that camera! Natural, but glamorous. Those little insecurities that surface with the attention on myself slipped away and good feelings filled the space.
David and his crew have such a great energy. It was so fun feeling the confidence radiating from my mom during the shoot.
And my Darla. Oh, Darla, I am so proud of you. I think about her looking back on our experience. How will she remember it? It’s not only the photos, but those moments are forever.”
“My experience during the photo shoot with David was way beyond any expectations that I may have had before arriving that day. My daughter had told me a little bit about what it was going to be like and I was apprehensive because I anticipated that I would feel completely out of my element. I didn’t think that the glamorous setting was something that I would be comfortable with, but it turned out that my concerns were unfounded.
My daughter and granddaughter were both there with me, as this was to be a multi-generation themed shoot. We started by having our hair and make-up done, and Darla, my granddaughter went first.
David made it quite easy by guiding us through each one of the poses. This gave me confidence as I watched the process, and I began to relax and enjoy being in the spotlight. It was fun to see the scenes develop by choosing an outfit, or a background, or different lighting.
It felt like an adventure and we were all an important part of making that come to life. It is clear that David loves his work and our time doing the photo shoot together was both exciting and pleasurable for all of us.”
“I felt good about it. I felt very happy and excited. He was a professional. My favorite part of the shoot was all of it. I want to do it again. I felt like a star. I felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast.”
Thank you guys for reading and I really do hope you enjoyed this one because I thought it was a special one. Please do let me know in the comments if you liked this “guest blog” format and what kind of content would you like to see from now on? Do you want more narratives, behind the scenes, just photos from shoots, Q&A’s? I want to push out more blogs so let me know 🙂