Miller Morris Photography: A Lesson in True Beauty

Lupita Nyong’o, winner of this year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, gave a moving speech about self acceptance and beauty at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood event.

She speaks eloquently about growing up and not feeling beautiful because of the darkness of her skin. That no matter how often her mother told her she was beautiful, she “…began to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy.” It wasn’t until she was older and started to see images in the media that reflected what she looked like (in the form of model Alek Wek) that she became more comfortable with her looks and realized that “…beauty was not a thing I could acquire or consume, it’s something that I just had to be.”

As a portrait photographer, I can see this same struggle in people that I photograph. They’re hesitant. They need to loose a little weight. Change their hair. Look a little younger. They don’t see the beauty they possess now, as they are.

That’s all I see and it’s what I want to capture in a photograph. The beauty and strength of who they are, right now, inside and out. Thanks Lupita, for reminding us of the importance of loving ourselves for who we are and the importance of showing that to others.

Miller Morris Photography: A Lesson in True Beauty

Miller Morris Photography Portrait Session: Michael

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Michael was referred to me by ReFresh Talent Agency for a series of headshots for his modeling portfolio. Headshots usually conjure up the idea of the close-up of a face with that big smile. While you will find that shot in Michael’s images, when shooting for a portfolio, you get to have a little more fun and show a range of expressions. There is a diverse range of modeling gigs to be had here in San Diego and southern California, from print to commercial to fashion. Having a portfolio that shows your range can lead to all kinds of opportunities. For more tips, check out http://modelmentors.com/models-portfolio.

But showing that range isn’t just for models. The next time you are thinking about having your portrait taken, give some thought to the range of expressions you’d like to try and talk it over with your photographer. Long gone are the days of your school pictures. Let your photographer guide you through your poses and expressions even if they don’t seem like the “right” way. You just might come away with the portrait of a lifetime!

To see more of my work, visit my website: www.millermorrisphotography.com

Miller Morris Photography Portrait Session: Michael