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Maui Beach Boudoir Session

I was so excited when my friend Sarah came to me and wanted to do a session. I've been encouraging her to do one for years now and despite wanting to, she is always putting it off saying she wants to lose weight before. It breaks my heart because this girl is so beautiful. So when we both were in Maui together, she couldn't pass up the location - her mama is from the islands and she grew up with a deep connection to these waters - so we planned a bikini shoot! Hip Hip Hurray! 

I believe every woman is treasured beauty. Often we just need a little help uncovering or remembering that reality. I've been blessed with the ability to see each woman's beauty and it is my purpose and mission in life to share this blessings with others. Especially those who cannot see it in themselves. 

When I first meet someone, my mind starts creating images that best encompass that person's unique allure - from the light, the colors, the ambience. Maybe it's a certain angle that you just can’t see in the mirror. Maybe it's the perfect lite environment. Maybe it's a mood or expression waiting to be released. Whatever it is, once discovered, an entire rush of positive feeling, confident emotion and authentic love is released. I believe this is where “sexy” starts and this is photography becomes so fun and rewarding for me.

For Sarah, it was here in the blue waters of Maui, sand beneath her bare feet, and the thought of surprising her love that she was able to see and feel the incredible beauty she is. 

Below are some highlights.

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on location in West Maui, Hawaii 

Bikini Boudoir Portrait Session

 

 

 

Loveliness // A Long Beach Intimate Portrait Session

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. 

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Shot on location in Long Beach.

Makeup by Brittany Mercer

Photography by Sidney Kraemer

Inspired by the word lovely, light pink florals were mixed with a wardrobe of long laced nightgowns, grey robes and sweet negligee. We didn't want Banke to appear to made up. The makeup was kept natural with strong highlights. That extra bit of glimmer, adding a bit of fantasy. The smallest of flower petals were placed below an eye for one look, with tiny white pearls. A loose bundle of spray roses is held as a bouquet and a short white veil made an appearance with roses attached to the bottom.

In a world that demands loudness and seems made for extroverts, stillness can often be overlooked. In the quiet though, there is much beauty. In our natural state, we are lovely.

In a world, that can often be painful and ugly; be the beauty, be the light.

Mother Daughter Self Portrait Series - Long Beach

Happy Mama's Day! I can vividly recall a moment in time, long before my daughter was in my arms. It was in this moment, that it was so very clear to me what I wanted to be.

You see, I went off to college thinking I had to go. I had to learn something, that could get me a job and basically set up my life forever and ever. I had applied to colleges in an interesting matter. Each college I applied to was with the intent of studying a different material. I didn't really want to be anything. So when the acceptance letters came in, my choice came with not only a school--but set up what I thought I'd be doing for the rest of my life. I throughly enjoyed art; I appreciated it earnestly and so after careful consideration the school that was my art path was selected and off I went.

But it was later in a moment of hysterical tears streaming down my face, brought on by a stressful, competition riddled college and a beautiful case of PMS, that I dramatically blurted out, to my boyfriend at the time, that all I really wanted to do was be a mom. I had broken down and thought I was never gonna make money (I was doing a lot of free work at the time). Therefore I would never have the funds to support a kid. I thought for sure I was just destined to never be able to have them. And the one thing I wanted, ever, was to be a mom. That's all I wanted.

Looking back I clearly was amazing girlfriend material, so many guys love a super-young-crying over wanting a baby-girlfriend! While that was not the prettiest moment in my life. I was vulnerable. I was embarrassed. I even remember thinking it wasn't right--so many woman had worked so hard for equality that  JUST wanting to be a mom seemed like a betrayal.

But every once in a while I like to remember that moment, that night. When my heart was breaking and I knew what I wanted, a single thing-my baby.

Maybe it was about a year later, that I got what my heart desired. My baby came without any plan. And despite the hardships, the trials that came with an unplanned pregnancy, I know She and I were planned, just by someone a lot smarter than me.


So when I asked Billy to take some portraits with my yesterday she said "sine" which is "fine." She can't quite get those Fs down. But as we went to her closet, she was adamant she didn't have the right clothes. After pulling out her entire dress collection I said then you'll just have to be naked. She looked at me, smiled, and threw off her shirt and that settled our wardrobe choices. However, I must say that taking self portraits, while trying to hide some delicate parts AND have your three year old insist she should click the wireless remote shutter and not  really know about hiding it, the "session" was one of the more difficult ones I have done.

 

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Here's to my little budding photographer. A mommy and me collaboration.

 

 

Portrait Session with Tommy

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A bit ago I was contacted to do a session for Tommy. A runner, he was looking to test his feet in some fitness modeling. Never been in front of the camera, he came into the studio a bit nervous but after just a few minutes was feeling like a pro! Here's the results.    

Studio Day with Male Model Matthew

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  I don't always shoot men, but when I do it's not a bad day. Check out this portrait session with Matthew R. taken in the studio. We had some good laughs and he was a pleasure to shoot. There's something about showing some skin, that makes one vulnerable and I like to thank everyone that gets in front of my camera and trusts me and my artistic vision.