It is rare that I am the subject of pictures, unless I’ve taken it myselfie. I haven’t “sat” for photographs since my senior pictures. There’s a part of me that secretly relishes being the subject of photos, and another part that was scared to do this. But I have gotten to know Hillary over the last year (and change) and I know she’s a centered and kind being, so I was ready to take the leap for my first adult photo shoot with her. I have no idea what I feared, but absolutely zero of that happened. It was a joy to be encouraged by her, with her improvisational style, to find different things I could do to “pose” without being too pose-y or unnatural. She’s super easy, and calming, and I trusted her, and it was all so cool that if that was it, I’d have been happy. But then she sent me a couple photographs, and they floored me! She captured my soul, said one friend. I love the way she “got” me, and I love the style of her photographs.
I loved everything about this experience with Hillary.
Follow her, go see her work, and HIRE HER when you need photographs.
The short story of it is, I saw some of Hillary’s portrait work and decided to go for it. This lady is amazing and empowering!
The “long” story of it is, I met Hillary at a Mac & Cheese event and immediately noticed how she exudes calm. I haven’t been very keen on being photographed, afraid of how the pictures would turn out, the judgment. As it turns out, her calming nature was just what I needed in a photographer to get over my fears. Hillary took the time to discuss my expectations – why did I want photos and doubts – why was I freaking out about it. I walked into the shoot with all the necessary tools…except for modeling skills. No worries! Hillary had that covered. She provided guidance every step of the way from wardrobe selection to the “poses” (or simply letting go) to that gentle nudge to say “yes, and”.
One can tell photography, her art, is something that brings Hillary absolute joy. It’s contagious and it comes through in her photos. So happy I had this experience. Book her! Now! Really!