+ Brave Moments

What would it be like to be photographed by someone who feels like a trusted friend – one who really knows and loves you exactly as you are? Where you didn’t feel sized up or judged, but totally relaxed, open, and confident that the images were going to make you proud?

What if you were given space to feel safely yourself, and had so much affirmation reflected back that natural radiance poured from you?  

What would the photos look like then?

A bold act of self-care, my Brave Moments photoshoots let you break open and feel more like your true self than you have in years – and receive stunning images of the results.  

Not ‘stunning’ because of the shape of your face or the cut of your clothes. Stunning because when someone pours love and interest into you, something comes out that maybe hasn’t been let out in a while, or ever. The full, authentic you.

You’ll realize that the best images of you aren’t ones where you made sure you hit ‘your’ angle, quietly deleting the ones you don’t like and tweaking your favorite until it feels shareable.  Stunning portraits come when your heart is relaxed and open, and the person behind the camera knows exactly how to bring out and catch the radiance already there. That’s what we’ll do together. 

“While I’ll InstaTwitterSelfieGram myself to death with filters, I’ve been afraid of what a picture I can’t control would look like. After turning 40 last year, I especially avoided it. And now, seeing my pictures, I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.” — Erin

Some women book a Brave Moments session to celebrate a notable birthday or milestone.  A handful are simply curious what it would feel like to see their strength and beauty through someone else’s eyes – and feel something shift inside as a result.  Whatever your reason, now is the time.

“I find myself looking at my album now and then and just smiling. That’s me. It really is.” — Diane

How does this work and what does it cost?

1. Let’s get to know one another
First, we’ll chat briefly over the phone.  You can ask initial questions and I’ll learn a bit about what draws you to this experience.  Then we’ll set up a time to meet in person – most likely in my Easthampton studio or your home – to go over everything so you’ll know exactly what to expect.  

During that face to face conversation, I’ll do a full wardrobe consultation to help you select what you’ll look and feel most fabulous in.  I’ll give you a preview of ways to enjoy your photos (albums, prints) along with a price list so you know your options. We’ll take care of any remaining questions, and schedule your shoot!

2. Enjoy your Brave Moments photoshoot
Your session can start with a professional makeover, if that tickles your fancy.  Hair and makeup services can be added to your session. (You look fabulous as you are, but camera lighting is a little different than what you see every day, and we want to ensure it brings out all the best things about you.  Our professional stylist will take care of everything, whether you want a natural look or to glam it up!)

Brimming with confidence and feeling pampered, we’ll move into the photoshoot. You’ll have enough direction that you’ll know what to do, but plenty of room to be yourself. You’ll feel more relaxed with every shot.

There really is no experience like people surrounding you with support and telling you how great you look as you have your picture taken. Even if you didn’t have images to keep afterwards, you would still always remember how the shoot made you feel. You’ll never forget it.

3. Reveal & ordering session
About two weeks after your shoot you will return to my studio for a private reveal of your Brave Moments. This powerful moment is one of the best parts of the experience. 

At this session, you’ll also decide how you want to revisit and relive your images. Whether you want to wrap them in leather or linen as an album, hang a favorite on your wall, or throw in digitals for safekeeping, you’ll have a chance to hold and feel examples and place your order. These will be lovingly crafted – they are, after all, a part of the legacy you’re leaving to others – and ready for pickup within 3-4 weeks!

“The unveiling and the revealing of an ENTIRE wall full of my pictures was really something! It was nothing like what I expected. What made me happy is that I looked like “me” in all of the pictures that Sandra picked. As women, I feel like we smile a lot and say yes to things we don’t want to. What I loved about the pictures Sandra chose of me is that I was not always plastering a smile on my face and yet I looked like the kindest badass you’ll ever meet – she truly captured the real me ;)” – Gayatri

“EVERYONE loves my album.  Especially me!” – Diane

Your session fee of $375 includes a personal consultation, your photo shoot and an ordering session.

  1. Personal consultation to discuss your dream shoot, wardrobe & styling guidance, and a preview of photo products.
  2. Hair & Makeup on the day of your shoot by an experienced beauty team.   
  3. A 90 minute photoshoot. 
  4. Photo reveal and ordering session.

All wall art, albums, and digital files are purchased separately. You buy only what you love. Clients typically invest between $800 and $3000 on the perfect way to enjoy their images. 

Frequently Asked (Or Secretly Thought) Questions:

1. I love this idea, but feel like I never have time for extra tasks. How involved will this be?
Since it’s our mission to take care of you, we handle everything we can, and only leave the fun stuff for you. You’ll get wardrobe advice, hair and makeup finished by a professional, and all the support, genuine praise, and direction you need to love every moment of the session.  

The consult, the shoot, and the ordering session take about as much time as three episodes of your favorite-for-binging Netflix drama. Wouldn’t it be great to permanently change how you feel about yourself in that time?

2. This looks amazing.  I should do it as soon as I (grow my hair out/lose weight insert desired appearance change here.)

Here’s a secret:  One of the best parts of this experience lies in discovering just how much your inner beauty and allure were there all along.   

They don’t only show up when you reach an arbitrary appearance goal (only to disappear again if something changes).  We don’t want your sneaky inner critic to look back at the images and say “well yeah, but I had just lost weight/dyed my hair – of course I looked great!”  The beauty we are photographing is always with you, it never goes away.  Give yourself the gift of seeing that.  

You are perfect, exactly as you are today.  I can prove it if you let me show you.

3. I see some gallery photos with multiple people in them – what’s the story there?
A Brave Moments session can also be shaped for mothers and daughters, sisters, lesbian couples, best friends – whatever combination of beloved people would relish an affirming and joyful experience together.

4. I’ve never done anything like this before.  It makes me a little nervous – excited, but nervous. What if I’m not exactly sure yet?
I totally get it!  My best advice is to send me a note – sometimes just a little human interaction (even via email) gives you a chance for your intuition to tell you whether this is a match made in heaven.  My guess is, if you’ve read this far, it is – but shoot me a note and trust me with any questions that remain. I’m happy to talk!