A Personal branding photoshoot can be so nerve wracking for most people. We’ve all been there: the anxiety, butterflies in the stomach, desperately hoping to remember everything you want to do….In my case, I spend all of my time being the one behind the camera helping our clients feel comfortable and creating a fun and empowering experience for them. However, this time I was the one of the clients, and honestly I had those same jitters! But then I thought, “hey girl, take that same energy you give your clients and create that kindness and magic for yourself”. I took a deep breath….well maybe five minutes worth of deep breaths and shook it off.
This was my chance to show some self-love on this few years journey that I’ve been on and all the growth I have experienced, both physically and mentally. how often do you get to take the time for yourself. To really look at who you are and be like “Damn lady, I am freakin proud of you!”. So Carrie and I went to work creating the best self love session I could get. With laughter and my best friend behind the camera, I knew I was in good hands. Soon my nerves melted away. I learned to let go and be myself, instead of stressing about all the things that I am not. And man was that LIBERATING!
I surrounded myself with all our plant babies that reside in our studio. Then I lit a candle and began to journal in my favorite book with a pen my father handmade for me. Instead of writing gibberish, I wrote down affirmations, love notes to myself and my hopes and dreams. I think next time we have a client wanting photos with a journal I am going to have them do this, it’s so calming compared to writing a to-do list!
I staged the area with my favorite things. My antique Japanese teapot, a camera from my grandfather, and my Pride & Prejudice Tarot deck. If you look closely you will find the original huge antique gold key to the studio hidden in the mix. Both Carrie and I wanted to include this key in our own personal branding photoshoot’s to remind us of how far we’ve come since 2013.
Forest Heart is a boutique style branding design and photography studio located in Downtown Leesburg Virginia and serving clients worldwide. They are best known for their unique, authentic branding visuals and editorial style portrait photography.