Woodstock Portrait Photographer | Rachael Little Photography

I have been on a major Creative Live kick these days (Photographers, if you haven't been to the site, yet, you HAVE to check it out).  Australian Photographer, Sue Bryce is practically their mascot, and offers SUCH a wealth of information to viewers.  She is a truly inspirational woman, and a fabulous photographer, to boot.  I've heard some refer to her as the "Oprah" of the photography industry. (Check out her work...she's one of the best) I wanted to try out some of her posing techniques, and see if I could use them in my own photography.  Lucky for me, my friend Carrie volunteered to be my model : )

Carrie is probably one of the most generous people I know.  She's a person who is always willing to lend a hand and share her knowledge.  She's great with kids and isn't afraid to dive in and problem solve.  We have a lot of common interests (including photography!!), so naturally it was a blast spending the morning with her!   Session day, she showed up to my house with a suitcase FULL of possible outfits and tons and tons of accessories.  Needless to say we had a really fun time putting these images together.

We kind of made the session into a sort of, "pamper-day".  9:00am sharp we headed to Salon Sixty One Spa for hair and makeup thanks to Jim & Michelle.  Carrie was not tough to work with - she already has great hair and perfect skin - but sometimes it's nice to be pampered...right?

I've included a little before and after.  My disclaimer - 'before and after' shots are not really my thing.  But I did want to illustrate the "little something from within" that a little pamper day can bring out.  The 'before' is pre-makeup and hair. BeforeAfter

Sue Bryce has said that the purpose of hair and makeup is to assist in "bringing out" the subject's true self.  Not in a physical sense - but that the pampering can bring out a confidence and beauty that comes from within.  She always stresses that 'connection' with your subject is what's important - it's paramount over lighting, hair and makeup.

Here are some of my favourites from the session.

Woodstock Glamour Photographer

I felt really pleased with how these images turned out.  Hopefully these are the first of many glamour-style portraits to come!

Thanks so much to Carrie and Salon Sixty One Spa for taking part!