I was so excited to photograph Tammie! She is a powerful, confident, and kind woman who brought such wonderful, calm energy into the studio. I did Tammie's makeup and our hair stylist Monique gave her a beautiful, relaxed curl. We photographed Tammie in a variety of outfits but in the end, she loved herself in blue the most! And why wouldn't she - it suits her beautiful freckles and her rich, red hair so well. We will be seeing more of her next month because she is coming back with her daughter for a Mother & Daughter photoshoot!
I have an admission to make: I used to be a clothes hoarder. And not just any clothes horder - I used to have a closet full of fancy dresses and shoes that I never got to wear because I just do not lead a fancy lifestyle. It has always been difficult for me to pass up the opportunity to buy clothes which the "Dream Dana" would wear. You know, if I were rich and famous, those would be the clothes I would wear to events and photoshoots.
While I have gotten a little better about buying for who I am and not for who I wish I could be, the dreams of being photographed as my ideal self remain. At first, I tried to disentangle my obsession and figure out what was broken in me that made me want to own beautiful clothes, but over the years I have come to believe that it is only natural to have those dreams of princess dresses captured in beautiful images. The amazing thing about living in today's world is that I can use services such as Rent the Runway to rent gorgeous gowns while continue to work towards my minimalist home dreams (yay!), and I no longer have to feel bad about owning too much.
One of the best parts of my job is that I get to help women live out their dreams. Many women have some sort of a fantasy attire. Some have one, some have many, but generally there is at least one dress that makes their heart sing, one that would make them feel like a million dollars.
I get to help them figure it out and live the dream. Together, we design a photoshoot (indoor, outdoor, in the mountains or in Paris!) that lets their innermost dreams become reality. There is so much beauty in watching women blossom and realize their true self after years of being held back by the busyness of life, low self-esteem, or simply fear. Fear of what their friends would think. Fear of what their family would say. Fear of being who they want to be.
If you have been waiting for a sign to live out your dreams to look and feel amazing, this is it. I am here to tell you that it's not only possible, but that it's easier than you think. Let's make 2017 the year you let your inner self shine. I would love to help you make your dreams into reality.