Today I had a boudoir shoot out (which means that I was the model, and then I photographed the photographer) and two things became very apparent to me :
First it is easier to be a model than a photographer. It is actually quite relaxing, and I felt valued and special.
Second, we both had very very different styles.
I was posed in a very specific way, and it felt good relying completely on my photographer to take care of me. She was the nurturing kind.
And then I proceeded to shoot. I am not as nurturing and as detail oriented in the posing process. Instead I feel things, look for light, lines and composition to complement my model. My model and I were in a safe place but she had to take an active role. I am the collaborative kind.
A shoot out helps you realize that there is no right way to do things and that every photographer is different. You have to find the right one for YOU.
Also, the photographer’s voice has to be loud enough that the client knows what they are getting into. I am not everyone’s photographer, but people who chose me are my clients, my people. My clients want to be pushed to their edge, try new things, feel empowered.
I have always been on the other side, watching people, observing their little details, such as their ears that point slightly, their expressive hands, their long and graceful necks, their facial expressions. I am the girl on the edge of the dance floor who loves watching others dance.
I have always read fiction books, from Steinbeck to Zola. I enjoy the elegant writing style, vivid description that have made me want to talk, act and eat like the characters (after I read Grapes of Wrath I could only think of eating beans and biscuits and gravy from bacon fat).
It was no wonder then that when I first picked up a camera, my instinct was to take pictures of women, and tell stories that involved death and life and love. And beauty. I did it three years ago just for fun and got paid to do regular portraits. Today I do not want to do it for fun, I want to give it as a gift to women who need to translate their vision into timeless images.
In my heart and soul I am not a photographer. I am not a person who will pose you for your fireplace picture (even though I have done it).
I am a person who thrives on passion. I get my high from my vision. I get my high from your passion, and your vision.
And ultimately, I am happiest when my vision and your vision can blend and create an image that brings tears of Joy to my eyes.
If you want to work together on creating an image that you will love forever; an image that comes from the meeting of both our visions, then I am your photographer.
I want to get to know you. So long before we start shooting, we will spend sometime knowing each other.
And to work together, I need you to understand who I am:
My name is Annabelle Denmark, and I am first and foremost, a fine art portrait photographer. I craft Fantastic images for the Fierce and Feminine women.
And so you know, I also have a French accent. And if you must know everything, I love to laugh and feed people. And watch Grey’s Anatomy (that is a secret though). And I can be very, very goofy and eat an entire chocolate bar, in one day.
If you would like to know more about what chocolate is the best, or what your vision might be, or if you want to have a crazy pattern on your naked body…..please call, email, message me.
The images on this post have been crafted to show examples of what I can do, but it is in no way representative of what you should do. You and I will craft YOUR images, whether they take place in the studio or outdoors, with fancy make up or swimming in a lake. Fully clothed or totally naked.
imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality.
“novels are capable of mixing fantastic and realistic elements”