Why the Before and After?

So, why the before and after? First off, nothing we as humans love more than a transformation. While that definitely plays a role in it, that’s not my main reason. My intention with the before and after photo is to remove an excuse. It’s easy to look at any of these glamour photo sessions and say that any of these women probably wake up looking this way, or have a leg up on us somehow genetically. NEWSFLASH! Supermodels don’t even wake up looking this way!

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I have yet to photograph a woman and think, “Wow, I really hope hair and makeup does the job.” NEVER. Honestly, I pull up befores and you know what I say? I say, “Man, I wish I looked that good without makeup!” I am proof that there is always a chance to compare and try to put yourself down. I’m working on it. In fact I agreed to let a photographer friend do a similar session for me when she visits this summer. Stop making excuses right this second and get on my waitlist.

Today’s Simply Beautiful model is Sarah. I met her when we lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ironically, her and her husband, Brad had just moved there from Colorado just like Mitch and I. They got to move back to Colorado not that long ago as well. Sarah is also a photographer (she’s been doing some awesome styled children’s sessions). Allow me to let you in on an ironic truth. Most photographers want nothing to do with being on the other side of the camera. I think it’s because we get used to being securely out of the frame. Being on the other side of the lens can be an anxiety filled idea. Sarah started off nervous, but after a couple of frames, just like most women, the nerves melted away and inner supermodel came out. (For the record, I caught Sarah’s before just as she sat down to start hair and makeup. She is not Batman, she doesn’t normally wear a cape.)

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-Anna McClary

The Fine Line; A Makeover and Glamour Session

There’s such a fine line that we walk with these glamour sessions. I want every single woman to look in the mirror after hair and makeup and feel like she’s ready to strut her stuff in front of the camera. But, I want to make sure that they don’t think they need a professional makeover to do that. Really, that extra mascara and hairspray, should just be a wake up call to help you see what you’re working with, not a one time feeling.

Ashley is such a natural beauty. I think auto correct might change her name to girl next door, because that’s exactly her. When we were going through makeup looks and deciding what she should do, she was immediately drawn to a beautiful smokey eye. She made it clear that she’d never gone quite that dramatic with her makeup. I was a little worried. I’ve heard more than once after someone chose a smokey eye for the first time, that they looked like they had a black eye. They didn’t of course, but it is a little bit of an adjustment. With Ashley though, I was concerned for nothing. She started off a little reserved and had that questioning look in her eye. After I snapped a couple frames though, I showed her one on the back of my camera. Her eyes lit up light Christmas morning. She saw exactly what I had been seeing in her since she walked in that morning.

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-Anna McClary