We had our last (for now) photo shoot with Lexi at Brighton Road Photography at the beginning of February. She’s been taking our pictures since August 2014. She gets us. She knows our brand almost as well as us and can make it come to life with her art.
Our first shoot with her was over-the-top-amazing. We had a horse and a couch, outside, by a lake. There were outfit changes and on site hair and makeup. There was even a person with a clipboard.
Over the years, the shoots have been near the Missouri river.
At an art museum.
At Lexi’s house.
Outside in downtown KC.
At the local coffee shop.
On a roof in KC.
In an office building.
And in our homes.
The last shoot we did was in Weston, MO in a photography studio inside of a barn. This last shoot focuses on our rose gold line. We constantly strive to create pieces that easily fit in a busy woman’s closet. We want our accessories to be able to go with a plain black tee, leggings and a jacket, or a funky pair of overalls. We feel like this line really came out the way we intended, with versatility and whimsy.
We had a throwback but modern vision for the shoot that only included us. No props, no crazy beautiful scenery in the background. Just us.
Erin and I each have our own insecurity issues that come with standing in front of a camera. From body image to hair to wrinkles, you name it, we’ve been insecure about it. Add those insecurities to standing in front of a white background with nothing else for an eye to fall on, we were a bit nervous. In the end, the pictures came out beautifully.
You know what, though? As pretty as a picture is, if your own self is the focal point, I’d like to meet one woman who doesn’t first criticize herself. I get so excited to get the email from Lexi, “Your pictures are ready!” Our first thoughts are, “What will our products look like? Will our vision and inspiration come through in the pictures?” Then our second thought is, “I hope I look okay.”
Here’s where we are at in all of it though. It’s not about us. We don’t know all of what “it” is, but we do know it isn’t about us. Our job is to keep doing the next right thing. And so much of the time, that next right thing is getting over ourselves enough to put one foot in front of the other. For this, it was getting over ourselves enough to get in front of the camera. And maybe that will encourage someone else to do the same. We know that we are not different from other women in this. We are all afraid to put ourselves in front of the camera. I think that so many pictures are missing some very important people in them because of fear and insecurity. I want to be able to sit with my kids years from now and pull out pictures and go through all the memories with them and feel apart of all of it. Have you ever noticed how much joy you get from watching someone you love be proud of themselves? When we watch our little girls hop around on a ballet stage and smile. Or when we see our little boys running as fast as they can on the field. It breaks our hearts when they aren’t confident, and we do everything we can to build them up. I imagine, even if our kids can’t articulate it, they feel a similar joy when we feel confident enough to be in a picture with them. Maybe the next right thing is jumping in the frame a little more often.