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  • Ashley Cooke

Why invest in professional portraits?

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

Portrait Photographer Bulverde Texas | Professional Photographer near San Antonio


I had a phone call a few months ago that made me fist-pumping.

It was the kind of conversation that made me think “wow, there is a person who I admire for just going for it”.... Not just for booking a portrait session and not being 100% sure about it, but for the courage to make a change in life no matter how hard.

Susan reached out to me and told me a little back story of why she was searching for a professional photographer. Being new to the San Antonio area and having made a huge life change as a woman in her early 70’s, she was determined to do things the right way from now on. A special someone in her life suggested that she have some professional photos taken to celebrate that new life of her's.

Just have to say... I don’t know who that person was, but I LOVE em!!


That’s when she found me.... She mentioned being a bit apprehensive about having her photo taken. That the last time she was photographed was 30-some years ago. We talked about her interest, what she wanted to use the photos for, and how to feel comfortable in front of the camera.... basically, how can I distract you is what I’m aiming for! Shhh, that’s my secret!...... Which is no easy thing, btw, feeling comfortable being photographed! Everyone gets nervous when a camera comes out. There is actually a study showing the heartrate and stress levels of people in front of a camera on and when its off... the results don’t lie. Having your photo take is stressful!! That’s one more reason why finding the best photographer for YOU and YOUR PERSONALITY is key.

Anywho, I digress......

Back to Susan and her badassery!

We decided on a location that is off the beaten path in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.... Arnosky Family Farm Market in Blanco, Texas seemed like the perfect location per our conversations. She showed up with her rescue dog and she was just as happy as could be to join in on the fun photos. Needless to say, we talked about her story and her exciting new chapter in life while capturing some beautiful portraits.

I feel like it’s important to invest in yourself, to bet on yourself, to gift to yourself....

When is the last time you did something for YOU?





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