In the fall of 2010 a fitness model hired me for a studio style session. My client wanted images taken on the day of her then upcoming competition, when she’d be in ultimate form. This was my very first shoot with only one woman in front of my lens and, afterward, I realized that everything about the session appealed to me. I loved that she was as interested in making great images as I was, I loved that I could concentrate on just her, I loved that she was celebrating all of her hard work and dedication and TOGETHER we were preserving it for all time, and I loved the laughter and ease of it all…it was THE shoot that planted the seed of desire in me to specialize in women. After a number of subsequent sessions with women my resolve to specialize was fortified and I announced my company’s change in direction in a blog post on March 21, 2012.
Interestingly, prior to that 2010 session, I already had the idea of providing portraiture to women facing serious illness; my mother had died years before from complications due to Breast Cancer and I’ve always been sad that we don’t have a beautiful, professional portrait of her. It was an idea that my lack of confidence kept firmly and safely tucked deep down inside; it was something I longed to do but knew I ‘couldn’t’. I accepted it as a niggling thought; one that I neither knew how to execute nor felt ‘good enough’ to pursue. I mean, it was one thing to invite a healthy and vibrant woman into my studio for beauty/glamour/boudoir but, in my head, it was quite another to say, “I know you are going through what is probably the hardest challenge of your life but you should trust me.” I always knew that I meant well and would do my very best, but who was I to market to such a vulnerable group? However, after three years of contemplation and soul searching, together with my experience of photographing women and meaningful encouragement from women I admire, it dawned on me that instead of feeling like ‘Why me?’ I should instead be thinking ‘Why not me?’ And, with that, I finally felt ready to launch Bella Forza Portraits, a division of Bella Faccia Photography, on March 21, 2013.
I have grown in knowledge and skill since that day back in late 2010, but I will forever treasure this image as it represents the shoot that helped me realize my path.
Our journeys are varied and what I am fast learning is that we shouldn’t ever squelch a dream we have for fear of failure; indeed we must press on past our comfort zones and act on our most genuine passions.
My two tag lines are Life is beautiful! and Strength.Beauty.Grace. …I wish both for each of us as we pursue our own photographic paths.