I recently did the coolest thing: I booked a photography session with Irmgard Hofmann of Augenweide Fotografie in Wuerzburg.
The first reason I did it was because I wanted some professional shots for my blog and FB fan page. The second reason I did it was because I had just finished a huge project that I wanted to acknowledge. And the third reason was that I simply wanted to have some good pictures of myself and maybe give one to my hubby for Christmas.
Thinking back, like nearly everyone, I had my high school graduation pictures taken. The next time was wedding photos. Then when I was in England, I got talked into modeling at a college. Although a lot of those student photos came out horrible and scary, there are a handful of great shots that I still enjoy to this day. And they remind me of that time of my life.
Photos capture a snippet of your personal history.
So although I'm pushing 40 and I've recently succumbed to dying my hair, (not to mention the fact that I've only ever been happy with my weight once in my adult life and that only lasted about 3 days), I'd still like to make the best of what I've got.
I knew I could trust Frau Hofmann with this task. She's been doing photo shoots of our son every year since he's been born. She even did an amazing family portrait for us when the hub's shoulder was broken and he had this totally awkward sling to complicate the whole deal. She's very creative and super patient with my screwy grasp of the German language. She has this super calm and relaxed manner about her even when your kid is refusing to cooperate and you have to ask to go put coins in the parking meter where your car is.
Her specialty is portrait photography, and she especially enjoys working on pregnancy photo shoots. (In German, it's referred to as "Bauch Landschaft" or "belly landscapes.") Obviously these kind of images are quite private and she has this amazing ability to put her subjects at ease and goes about her work in a very relaxed manner.
When I asked her about how much time she's taken during her appointments she said, "people have many different faces. It takes time to discover them."
Check out what she did! (Click over for the other shots). I've got to say that although I usually lounge around in my Fruit of the Loom sleepwear from Walmart, I'm so happy I drug the one designer skirt I own along with my kickin' cowboy boots for my session...