I grew up, like many women, always thinking I’d be enough when <<insert any event or adjective here>>. When I went to college, when I got my own place, when I lost weight, when I was more social, when I got married, when I changed careers and started my own business. I’d hit each of those goals, but the way I looked at myself didn’t change. Before starting this business, I made an active (and sometimes difficult) choice to look at myself differently, and it started with being photographed.
As women, at some point, we learn that we’re not good enough now, and and it’s not okay to celebrate ourselves. We learn that acknowledging our own beauty is self centered and that putting yourself down somehow makes you a better person. It’s simply untrue. It’s not only okay to celebrate who you are in this moment, it’s what every person should do for themselves every day.
As a photographer, I see beauty in every woman I meet. You are beautiful, right at this very moment. You are beautiful NOW. You deserve to believe it.
I'm a big softie who loves to laugh until it hurts. I believe with every fiber of my being that everyone deserves to see the beauty in themselves. There's nothing better than seeing that spark in a person's eyes when they feel great about themselves and what they are doing. It is infectious, and it is what drives me to show as many women as possible how to find it.
I believe in never taking yourself too seriously. Life should be a celebration, with insane amounts of fun in both the big adventures and the little everyday routines. People are pretty amazing, and should feel that way about themselves.
Every single person deserves a beautiful photograph of themselves. We live in a world that is quick to tell you that you are too thin, not thin enough, too smart, not smart enough, too silly, not silly enough, too tall, too short, and just plain not good enough. We hear those messages and believe them. The interesting thing is, the people in our lives who matter - our friends and loved ones - know better. They don't see any of that. They see their beautiful sister, cousin, mother, or friend.
Allow me to share the beauty I see in you through photographs. To recognize yourself as beautiful, perhaps for the first time, is an empowering experience, and I want you to feel that confidence pumping through your veins.
Caroline Talbot Portraits