The thing that I find most rewarding about shooting portraits, is that after the self-conscious walls begin to fall, and your model becomes comfortable with you - you get to see a glimpse of their soul.
Kim recently had her hair colored bright blue, and asked me to document this fun-loving change to her looks. As we talked and I shot her pictures, I found out that she hadn't sat for a photographer sinch high school. That surprised me, as she was very photogenic and warmed up quickly - this was only a 20 minute long shoot!
Kim is a little bit rock n' roll, a little bit pin-up girl, and a whole lot of fun. She messaged me this after I sent her the edits:
"These were exactly what I wanted-fun, feisty and you made me laugh doing them. I feel great about myself looking at these - pretty and strong, and more confident! Thank you for that...I see my mom, and it made me cry."
The feels. Oh, the feels!
As a novice photographer, the fact that people would ever even trust me to document their lives at all is...humbling. It's a privilege, and one I hope to never treat lightly.