Kim Moran Personal Branding session at Studio 828 Photography in Asheville, NC
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Kim Moran Personal Branding session at Studio 828 Photography in Asheville, NC
Kathy was so much fun to photograph in studio!
Hair/Makeup: Wendy Ballance, Blush Asheville
Tabitha Portrait Session at Studio 828 Photography
Hair/Makeup: Wendy Ballance,Blush Asheville
One day, your children WILL go looking for portraits of you, for portraits with you, Mom. Have you thought about that? I mean, REALLY thought about that. What will your children find when they do?
I’ll tell ya, I have had one roller coaster of a summer. I’ve lost friends that were so near and dear to my heart, I can’t even tell you. It has been a heart-breaking summer to say the least but, BUT what I did notice is that following the tears and the initial shock after learning about their passing my very first instinct was to find portraits of those friends. Something to remember them by because I know that one day, I will have trouble remembering their faces, the sound of their voices. That day isn’t today but it will come.
Maybe this feels a bit morbid, I don’t know. The truth of it however is that I NEVER, EVER want to forget the faces of my family. My mother. My father. My brothers. My sister. My cousins and their children. Never in a million years.
Let me ask you this; when was the last time you had a portrait made? Not a fun selfie you posted to Facebook that will never see the light of paper but an actual portrait? One you’re proud of and feel like your most beautiful self? One you’re excited to display in your home that your children will see beaming to them every, single day to remind them that they are loved? To remind them how much they are loved by the most important person in their lives…
Are you hiding behind the camera? C’mon Mom we all do it. You do it. We all do it. You don’t know how to really stand to flatter your best self or, your makeup isn’t right, or you’ve put on weight, or you don’t weigh enough, your hair is a crazy mess because you haven’t had even a moment of peace in 4 days to take the time to brush it let alone style. I feel ya. Here’s the thing though, none of us is promised tomorrow. Whether you’re 33 or 83, there is no guarantee. Take a breath. What is the best possible thing you can do to ensure that your light is celebrated by the people who are dearest to you? My answer to that is to create beautiful portraiture. Moms, Dads, Grandparents I’m looking to you. These portraits will be cherished by your children, your children’s children even, for lifetimes. Let that sink in for a moment. Lifetimes.
I hope you’ll pick up the phone. I would love to talk with you about how you’re envisioning your portrait session with us. 828-275-9932
One of my recent clients is Annie. She has been with Arbonne for a little over two years now and is discovering how exciting owning your own business can be. For those that aren’t entrepreneurs, your first couple of years can be a real doozie and much of the time it is difficult to see the forest through the trees. Luckily, Annie has oodles of inspiration and purpose that is her driving force and she is KILLIN it in her business!
I give you, #ArbonneAnnie
One of the things that I LOVE about Annie is her drive. She and her husband have this incredible love, four amazing kids and she is inspired daily to not only contribute to her home and their livelihood and future but, it is because of her business that they are all travelling to Europe this summer! How exciting is that??? It inspires me for sure.
One of the things that I love about Annie’s business IS her purpose. She is creating a foundation because the woman that inspired her to succeed IN her business passed away unexpectedly and they were very close. Gah, if I ever were to lose anyone close to me like that I wouldn’t even know where to begin let alone how to champion a charity. It is truly remarkable. She is also coordinating savings to contribute towards the Buncombe county school system. Look, we all know that the public school budget is less than ideal and here comes this woman, this incredible mother with plans to create a buffer so that the structures, the classrooms, and the teachers have a resource to meet their deficit.
And to do all of this by providing these amazing skincare lines and beauty products that are eco-friendly, natural, and safe to use. It is a win-win! Oh and by the way, I have sampled the RE9 skincare system, and the “Lotus” lipstick. For starters, the lip line is Annie’s favorite and I can see why. The texture is out of this world creamy, and the moisturizer is doing wonders for my face!!! I come by quite a bit of makeup and care lines in this business and I can easily recommend both of these, personally.
For Annie’s personal branding session we did more than simply change outfits. We created several different looks both in wardrobe AND in makeup and we created each look with only her Arbonne line. It was truly impressive and I am so excited for what the world holds for Annie.
Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers.
Those roles are each, quite distinct and very, very important in their own way. My birthday gift to myself is to take action in honoring my role as a woman. My role as a woman who empowers other women. My role as a woman who sees the absolute beauty in every other feminine power that she meets, and mirrors it back to them. My role in honoring that in a new way is to create a book that tells the stories of mothers and daughters, and their connection. What those mothers want their daughters to know, the women those young girls are growing into being; their loves, dreams, and desires in life.
We will be inviting 20 women and their daughters the opportunity to a portrait session in our studio in April and May of this year and I would love for you and your daughters to be involved with us in this publication. We will be photographing our subjects in April and May and publishing a book with the imagery and stories of each of these women and their daughters this summer.
Would you and your mother or daughter be interested in a portrait shoot with us? Would you want to be part of an artistic endeavor and a book publication? Are you open to sharing your story and philosophy on womanhood, motherhood, and everything as a feminine being? Please submit your story to us below. How would this benefit you? How might this benefit your daughter(s)? How will sharing your story be empowering for you and for others?
Don’t be shy. We would love to photograph you.
Portraits of an Author. Kimberly is such a sweet, sweet woman. She called on me to photograph her portraits for an upcoming book that is being published.
I don’t want to give too much away about the story but, from what she’s shared with me, I am quite intrigued. She has written a memoir and, just wait. I’ll share the link to buy it as soon as it comes out. I’m so excited for her!
Thank you, Kimberly
The close of another year and, just wow.
I have to pinch myself sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, this year was tough. At times, I wasn’t sure how, if, or when I’d come out the other side but occasionally, you have trouble seeing the forest through the trees. Looking back on 2015, holy cow!
What. A. Year.
One of the greatest parts about my work is that I am able to celebrate the wonderful, and inspiring people who I have the privilege of photographing. I get to meet these amazing women, leading such incredible lives with their families and loved ones and just, even for a moment, show them how incredible and beautiful they are! These women are professionals, artists, home-makers, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and the one thing they all have in common? They are all, each and every one of them, givers. They give of themselves in every way.
Thank you, universe. Thank you for this life. This one, right here! This life where I am so lucky, and so blessed to be able to live a life that I love, creating art with such an amazing community. I am an artist, a mentor, a student, a wife and loving every moment. Cheers, 2016. Welcome.
Here is to another great year. A year I welcome with open arms. A year full of goals, planning, fulfillment, introductions, exodus, learning, abundance, security, and freedom.
Attention Beautiful LADIES (& by that, I mean ALL of you!) It is officially time for you to realize just how beautiful you are.
We’ve got a PORTRAIT SPECIAL for you! For just $99, you’ll get a 3 hour portrait shoot at Studio 828 Photography (with up to 5 different outfits), wardrobe and preparatory consultation, and makeup artistry for your very own beauty photo shoot.
With your portrait order you’ll also receive one of our most popular products, the 8×10 metal desk portrait (a $275 value).
Call today to book! 828-275-9932
***We are offering UNLIMITED sessions at this $99 value from now through December 23rd (spouses, are you listening?) for 2016 sessions.
Happy Holidays my wonderful WNC beauties!
So, let me ask you a question: How many of you have family coming into town for the holidays this year? Parents, sisters and brothers that perhaps you haven’t been in the same room with for 2 years, 5 years, maybe more?
For the first time ever, we are opening up on-location or in-studio family portrait sessions here in Asheville and the surrounding communities the week after Christmas.
We are opening 5 appointments between December 26th and December 30th, with special package pricing to create memories with your family.
OK Cat, how does this work? I know my Mom would LOVE a family portrait of all of us together. How do we make this happen?
Simple! Pick up the phone and give me a call. 828-275-9932 and we will book in your consultation. This can be in our studio in the River Arts district or via Skype. We will discuss your family, what you have in mind, location options, what to wear, when we can schedule your photo shoot, and artwork and package options to suit your family’s needs. We’ll get your appointment confirmed with our calendar and voila! Best. Present. Ever!
Please do get in touch ASAP as I don’t expect these appointments will last for very long.