Mother & Daughter

It was my mother’s birthday this week and while she lives in New York I live in Maryland. This usually makes birthdays a virtual affair. I call her or she calls me or now it seems we just text one another. But this photograph, it’s printed- it’s on my desk at work. It’s tangible. I can experience touching it, feeling its weight in my hands, I can feel its permanence and legacy years later. It hasn’t been preserved well but I still have it.

Mothers and daughters have a special connection and when I look at this image I can see the happiness and love. Celebrating your relationship in portraits? What better experience is there?

What is the portrait experience like? 

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Revealing Inner Beauty

When I first met Rena Fruchter at my synagogue in D.C. she had a big smile on her face and she went in straight for hug without even asking. I knew we would be friends. She was unabashed and straightforward and loving. She knew how to communicate to others in a deep and thoughtful way without ever having to go through the social dance of small talk communication. I knew we would be instant friends because we also were both artists.

But see Rena wore her art and her emotion on her sleeve. I envied her for her emotional sharing and I loved her outpouring of simcha (joy) and love. She was the kind of mom that gave you plenty of love but knew when to take her leave and give some space.

She also had a mission. She wanted to change the tribe of Israel, a group of D.C. Jews into a unified whole. She wanted to take the broken pieces of our hearts and meld them together. She was already doing that with her mosaic art at schools, at our ritual bath (mikvah) and one-on-one with bar and bat mitzvah students.

At our synagogue she and her husband Chaim were being honored and I knew I needed to take their portraits.

But Rena was nervous about how she would look on camera. Who isn’t?

That weekend we did the session. I cant begin to describe how wonderful it was to capture moments between Rena and Chaim that were wedding-like moments. The first moment he saw her coming out of her pampering makeover session. The first moment I asked them to hold hands.. It was their 40th year wedding anniversary and they were reconnecting in a whole new way.

After I captured individual shots of Chaim, and couple shots of them together, I focused on Rena. By the end of the session Rena was crying saying “I haven’t had this kind of attention in so long…it is like you are peeling back the layers of time with a little makeover and I feel great!”

I always say its not the makeup, its not the posing, its the confidence many women feel after they have been pampered and “seen” in a personal way by their photographer that are the ingredients to a powerful and beautiful portrait. It is the self-love that is cultivated and nurtured during the session that creates the most beautiful and powerful portraits.

My same day transformation is not just of the body but it is of the soul. It is the inner beauty that is revealed during my sessions. It is the experience of being “seen” by a professional photographer and then “seeing” yourself through their eyes when your portraits are revealed!

It is truly a magical experience and I am truly honored.

Stories of Self-Love

“Self-love is the source of all our other loves.” -Pierre Corneille

This is my first blog post on my first website that I have ever made. This a fresh beginning for me. This is a new start. But to start again you have to end something first. For me it is a hopeful end to a voice inside my head that I know many of you hear as well. It is a voice that says you can’t. It is not because you are not capable. It is not because you are ignorant. And it is not because you are without the means. It just says you can’t. It is a nagging and persistent voice that I have battled with every moment of every day.

Pierre Corneille was a french poet and dramatist. He said “Self-love is the source of all our other loves.” I know we all have heard that one. But even when we hear it, it doesn’t always stick.

Join in me in a community of self-love and empowerment where every woman sees herself as gorgeous at every age. Join me in loving every curve and every line. Join me and let yourself be seen by my camera or another’s. Preserve your legacy because you deserve it all on your own.