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What makes a truly excellent portrait or headshot?
I decided to create this (mega) post for a few different people (so if this is you, keep reading):
- – You want to know the difference between luxury and regular photography (apart from the hype).
- – You’re a business owner or brand who wants authentic headshots/portraits, but you aren’t sure how to accomplish this.
- – You’re looking for a photographer, but want to educate yourself on what to look for before you invest.
- – You want to hire the best portrait / headshot photographer in Nairobi (or elsewhere) – but aren’t sure what to look for.
- – You’re an artist who likes my work (and you want to know my process).
- – You’re new at photography, and would like to learn what makes an excellent photo.
Where do I start?
Do I tell you about the fact that I always had apparent ball-o-phobia during sports (get your mind out of the gutter), and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without wanting to pass out? Or do I mention my mini-strokes and the many hospitals I knew well because of my constant illness? Or, shall I start with the fact that I have always felt like I was just never quite good/beautiful enough?
I had always been weak. Weak of mind, weak of body. That changed in 2013, when I made the decision to get better. Sure, I still have off-days. Sure, there are things that may not be able to improve, physiologically. But I set the intention to start living and stop surviving – and then decided to document it.
We can leave the details for another time. Instead, have a look at the photo series I started to help me fall in love with myself. I only offer the services I do because I have lived through the incredible transformation that photography can create.
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As an ex-marketer, a bio feels like another attempt to sell my soul to you. To convince you of my worthiness. To scream louder than all the other portrait photographers and writers, and let you know that “I am the best and here is why”.
But I am tired of feeling like a hypocrite. My work is all about proving your worthiness, your capability, and your true beauty to you – and so I’d prefer to write you this letter from the heart, instead. It won’t be what you’re used to, and it won’t be perfect – but it’ll be the verbal embodiment of what I tend to create. Whether it’s writing with the aim to help you help yourself, or my photography – my intention always remains the same: to prove that you are (good) enough.
I’ll probably update this another time with more of a story, but for now, here are some glimpses into my teenage years.
Limbo. It’s a word that should bring about imagery of fun party games for adults – ok, fun party games for extroverts – but somehow all it does for me is conjure up dread and memories of not being settled.
I think I’ve been looking to get out of limbo for many years. But like all things in life, the thing you wish to escape is what you get more of — what you resist, persists; where attention goes, energy flows, etc etc etfuckincetera.
So here’s a little advice for you today, based on a conversation I had with a good friend who is in limbo within a relationship. But first, let’s start by figuring out what kind of beast we’re dealing with.
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