‘Beautiful Me’ – capturing the essence of natural beauty in all women …
Renee, it’s been a little while since we’ve talked to you. You are always at the forefront of photography – what’s been happening? Renee Bell Studios has been adding an exciting concept over the last year to our family portraiture and wedding photography, which is Beautiful Me. This is an indulgent magazine style photo shoot for real women, capturing their natural essence and beauty. You get to enjoy the luxury of a full makeover and the excitement of a professional photo shoot. What made you want to offer this style of photography? As I get closer and closer to 40 (shh!), I realised that I had no ‘nice’ photos of myself. I have always been apprehensive to get photos taken, as the words ‘glamour photography’ always made me shudder with thoughts of feather boas and soft blurry edged photos coming to mind. I wanted a photo that was fresh and natural, that I would be proud to display. So I came up with the concept ‘Beautiful Me’ … for everyday women to have this experience.
What happens at a Beautiful Me session? Firstly, it starts with a great cup of coffee from Bitter Sweet. We then chat about your look that you are wanting to achieve, by discussing all things hair and makeup. It’s then pamper time with Jolin for an indulgent makeover! Once you have been transformed, it is time to get into your outfits for some fun in front of the camera. There is no need to get nervous, as I will pose you to the very last millimeter and make you feel at ease. After the session, you then come back for a viewing to discuss how you would like to display your images in your home. We have beautiful products, from stunning wall frames to a private secrets album. An option to purchase the disc of images is also available.
Laney, you have recently had a Beautiful Me session. Tell us what it was like. I was apprehensive to have my photograph taken, as I am definitely not comfortable in front of a camera. However, the experience was fantastic! Renee made me feel so comfortable and relaxed and completely ‘posed’ me. I did not have to think about where to put my arms, etc; it was all done for me. I believe everyone should have an amazing portrait of themselves. The whole process and end result is something that you cannot put a price on, capturing that moment in time when you can look incredible. I could not recommend this shoot highly enough; it was a great experience and I am absolutely thrilled with the results.
For those who are interested, how can they book a session with you? FOCUS readers can take full advantage this month. By purchasing a Beautiful Me session and mentioning FOCUS, you will receive a ‘complimentary’ family portrait beach session to the value of $195! Perfect for Christmas and updating those family portraits.
Please call Charlotte at the studio on (02) 6582 0144 or go to our website: www.reneebell.com.au
This story was published in issue 82 Port Macquarie