The first thing you need to know is- I am 31, a mom of a 2.5-year-old, I have a full-time job and I live a pretty normal life. Treating myself isn’t something I do very often. But I wanted to do something that would give me a boost.

For most of my life, I’ve been a performer (singer/dancer), and I have been in front of and worked with too many photographers to count. So, when Ben and I set up a time for me to come in to do a portrait shoot, I thought I knew exactly what I was getting into.

We started with emails back and forth, me choosing what kind of styles I wanted to do, and what outfits we would work with. Ben was always so considerate and made sure he knew exactly what I expected and wanted so that we would consistently be on the same page. As the days went on, I was getting excited, but I was also nervous. Were my photos going to be everything I hoped? Would the makeup artist get the looks I wanted? Would I close my eyes a million times in the photos?

The day came and I met them at the studio. For wondering minds, the studio is really cool with exposed brick, gorgeous photos on the walls and a relaxed feeling. I went down the hall to the makeup room and met Pam, the makeup artist. She was so warm and immediately got to work on me. I felt like a movie star with the attention I was getting. After the first few minutes with her, all my fears, I previously felt, vanished.

The Lobby at Ben Marcum Photography

I felt like a movie star with the attention I was getting. After the first few minutes with her, all my fears, I previously felt, vanished.

As we began shooting, Ben gave great direction and made me feel like a million bucks. He is a true artist and professional. Everything he asked me to do was to craft the best photo possible. And I had a great time with him in the studio. I have felt pushed around with photographers in the past, but Ben treated me like we’d known each other forever and he was talking to a friend. After the first look, Pam dolled me back up and I went for my second, third and fourth looks. Everything was effortless and fun.

Afterward, I got to get a sneak peek of a couple photos. They were so fantastic that I walked out beaming; excited to see the rest.

I got to see my photos today and I have never been so happy with photos of myself. They are absolutely gorgeous. The composition, the poses, the coloring, and editing are just amazing. I felt like I was looking at a movie star version of myself. Ben and his team far exceeded my expectations. I have a new confidence after working with them. I would do it again a thousand times over and tell all of my friends to do it, too.