Wild Soul Speak | Branding Portraits Pt.1
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Ana reached out with a first-of-its-kind request to me. She found me via Instagram and was curious if I was interested in shooting branding photos for her. If you don't know what that is, welcome to the club. I had taken headshots before in the past, but had never done the type of thing she was looking for: she needed photos that not only showed off her beautiful face, but also gave an idea of her work.

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Ana is a coach/therapist and badass woman entrepreneur. She is on the quest to develop her personal brand and needed me to capture photos for her website and social media. Everything she does is right up my alley. She works within a huge range as far as clients, mediums and tools go. 

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We broke Ana's session into three parts, shot over two different days. This post shows the first part: her studio. She practices (and teaches!) yoga in this space with her personal office being located in the same building. She wanted to be captured in her natural environment and give prospective clients a feel for what a session with her could be like. I love love loved this part of our shoot, because I often am looking for locations to set my subjects in, rather than shooting them in their own space. It was so neat to see her in this room, using her books, tarot/intuition cards and other tools she loves.

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She showed me several of her books (if you need book recommendations, she is DEF your woman) and we bonded over our mutual love of crystals and cards. Everything Ana brought to the shoot was incredibly thoughtful. She picked outfits with her website colors in mind and chose props that would make meaningful photos to share on social media.

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Stay tuned to see the next part of our shoot and follow Ana on instagram here.

CAITLYN PORTRAITS
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One of the absolute most special things about being a photographer is the people you get to meet and capture. Sometimes photography is the driving force in meeting new people, but with Caitlyn, we had followed each other on social media for quite a while and decided to finally get together and be real life friends. We didn't schedule a photoshoot — Caitlyn was just sweet enough to let me take some photos of her while we hung out.

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The thing about capturing Caitlyn is that she is one of the most gentle, kind, sublime humans I have ever meant. She's been through so much in her life and her exterior is quiet, peaceful and sweet as honey. Inside though, she's tough. She's more than tough, she is resilient and solid. It's this combination that made me instantly fall in love with her. In so many ways we are so similar and it's a unique experience, finding someone who not only shares similar life experiences to you, but has also come out of the fire and feels like they have a similar soul to you. I chose my blog and instagram name, Soft Spirit Strong, as a reflection of how delicate, yet strong my spirit is. Caitlyn and I are made of the same things.

 

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We ended up walking around the South Broadway neighborhood, her stomping grounds, all day long. We found this grimy old motel and decided to stop and take some photos in front of it. Words cannot express how happy it makes me when one of my friends is willing to let me just photograph them in public. I love the combination of hanging out and adventuring and then stopping whenever I feel inspired and snapping a shot. No pressure, pure joy. Anyway, we saw the motel a few months later and it's being demolished. So it's kind of cool that we were able to capture this seedy old structure before it turned to dust. I wish I knew the owner, so I could send them some photos.

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Caitlyn dreams of opening her own vintage store in Denver. Honestly, she's the perfect person to do it. She's so good at finding gorgeous items from times past. Right now she works at the ultra-cool Meek Vintage. I cannot wait to see what this woman does in the future - she is truly a force. 

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Here's to making new friends, further explorations into photography and human connection! Thank you Caitlyn for letting me capture these moments with you.

 

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