I love beauty, but what I love even more is showing people how beautiful they are to the rest of the world.  We (as in women) spend an awful lot of time putting ourselves down and saying some frankly horrible things to ourselves — things we would not even say to other human beings.

There is a ton being said about magazines and the way they Photoshop people, and, yes, they do go too far on what are already too skinny women.  But there is a time and place for some Photoshop tweaking and this is my reasoning.  When a client comes into the studio and we spend a few hours together doing hair and makeup and chatting it up the whole time, we become friends, they let their guard down, and I get to peek inside.  What I see in those moments is what I want to show them in their pictures: pure beauty.  Bags, flab, stained teeth, and stray hairs are not what you see when you get to know someone, but when they look in the mirror that is what they see.  So that is my job — to show you your beauty that the rest of us see so easily.

and this is the before shot


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