MODERN PORTRAITS BY JESS LEGASPI
BEAUTY UNVEILED 1
YOU ARE OF INFINITE WORTH HERE ON THIS EARTH, BEAUTY IS MADE MANIFEST IN WOMAN. EVERY. SINGLE. WOMAN. I TRULY BELIEVE THIS. IF YOU DO N ’ T F E E L B E AU T I F U L , H AV E EVER BEEN MADE TO FEEL LIKE YOU ARE LESS THAN ENOUGH, O R C A N ’ T B E L I E V E T H AT Y O U POSSESS BEAUTY WITHIN YOU- I P R AY I ’ L L H AV E T H E C H A N C E TO PHOTOGRAPH YOU IN THIS LIFE. I WA N T TO K N OW YO U R S TO R Y .
A few weeks before Jess and I took photos
SHE IS LOVELY
together, I really was feeling down and out about my looks and how I felt about myself. I honestly started to make a mental note about everything that I don’t like about myself, I don’t have perfect skin and super straight teeth, and I don’t have a super model like body. It was truly weighing down on me.
But then I saw that Jess put out a model call,
and drove over to the little purple flower field and
and I just kinda felt like maybe I should. I’ve taken
we started taking pictures. Immediately when she
family photos with her before and I wanted to do
started taking my pictures she would say things
something with her again, plus I honestly had not
like “oh gosh, girl, that’s gorgeous” or she would
been getting ready lately so I wanted something
say “beautiful!” And I felt like that list I made in my
to look cute for.
head just started dwindling down. She helped me
I went to her house and honestly she already
feel beautiful in such a short amount of time and
made me feel comfortable. We loaded up her car
I’m really grateful for the experience.
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SHE IS SIMPLY STUNNING
eauty speaks to me, right down to my soul. I don’t aware
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come to realize how deeply I want to
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unveil beauty. In myself, my daughter,
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photograph. Beauty can be a spiritual
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weird. and wonderful. I’m so glad we
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B E AU T Y PAU S E S B E L OW T H E S U R FAC E. UNVEILING DEPTHS, AWA K E N I N G YO U R S P I R I T. - JESS LEGASPI
Jess Legaspi, photographer, free-spirit, wife + mom I’m not one of those photographers who has
That world became my passion when my first
loved photography my whole life. I didn’t start
child, Paislee, was six months old and I decided
using my mom’s little old film camera when
to dive into being a work-at-home mom and
I was five and never put it down. In fact, I didn’t
pursue my new-found passion for photography.
even realize that I was interested in photography
I’ll admit that my first images were nothing
until I graduated from college with a degree in
particularly special, but I’ve learned so much
Business Administration and acquired a point-
over the 5 years I’ve been photographing people.
all of us women are in front of the camera.
“You can ‘Photoshop’ that, right?”
closely linked. We must acknowledge both the inside and outside. Our perception of beauty
“You can take 20 pounds off when you edit!”
has been distorted by how we were raised, how we’ve been taught about self-confidence,
“Ugh, I hate my smile.”
And it broke my heart. We hate seeing ourselves
abuse, and so much more.
in photos.. We hate seeing the one thing we’ve
I want to know your story.
focused on for years; the extra weight, the not-
I want you to feel beautiful in your own skin
so-perfect skin, our smile, and the list goes on.
and not feel like you have to look like someone
BEHIND THE LENS So, we stay out of photos or we hide in the back.
else. For this reason, I do minimal retouching
We demean ourselves in front of others. We
and I do not alter the shape of the face or body.
can’t take a compliment well. These things are
I want to teach you how to pose and look good
so pervasive among us, and I am fed up with
in front of the camera, not just “photoshop” you.
it. This self-esteem issue is much deeper in our
We shouldn’t, CAN’T, wait until we reach that
hearts than we realize. In mid-2013, I realized
“desirable” weight or feel better about ourselves.
that I had to do something to help women feel
What if we never get there? What if we don’t
beautiful. So, I set my sights on photographing
live to get there? We must BE in photographs
women beautifully, teaching them how to take
not just for those we love but for ourselves as
a good photograph (whether with me or at a
well! Please don’t avoid these times that will
family dinner), and allowing them to experience
make you feel vulnerable. Choose to embrace
the beauty you have in the here and now
because that is what will truly open you up. Am I lovely? This is a question we long to have answered... I see
This is my passion.
it in myself, my friends, the women I photograph,
“Today was the first day I actually felt beautiful.”
and especially in my young daughter. Because of
“The memory of that day is still one of my
this, I want to empower everyday women to feel
BEAUTIFUL in their own skin through stunning
“Seeing these photos helps me to see that the
portraits and imagery. Now, I know that beauty
lies I’ve believed for so long (about myself) are
is not just what’s on the outside – it is about
who you are as a woman. BUT the two are very
This is why I do what I do.
SHE IS C A P T I VAT I N G
hat is beauty? Is it a societal construct? Something only certain people have? Maybe,
but then again, maybe not. Beauty can
be outward appearance, yes, but beauty is also the heart. Beautiful is something you feel, not just something to be. And in that, we can all find beauty - surface or depth, obvious or hidden, known or mysterious. Am I a good mother? A good friend? An avid reader? Do I work with my hands? Am I a quick thinker? Do I make people laugh? Beauty is anything you want it to be; find it, embrace it,
believe it. - C o l l e e n Th o m p s o n
BOOKING A SESSION THE BEAUTY UNVEILED EXPERIENCE $200 includes
styling assistance, 1-2 hour session, and unveiling.
PRODUCTS FOLIO COLLECTION 1 (20) 8X10 prints/11X14 mats in keepsake box (20) 5x7 gift prints Custom Slideshow 20% off additional à la carte items $700
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FOLIO COLLECTION 3 (5) 8X10 prints/11X14 mats in keepsake box (2) 5x7 gift prints $250
A` LA CARTE 20X30
$80 Keepsake box
$60 16X20 Frame
$30 Digital image
C O L L E C T I O N + P R I N T P U R C H A S E S I N C L U D E D I G I TA L C O P I E S . C U S TO M F R A M I N G AVA I L A B L E . 21
THERE ARE MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE WHERE I FEEL LIKE I AM TOO MUCH AND NOT ENOUGH ALL AT THE SAME TIME. BEING A WOMAN IS COMPLICATED.
EMBRACING OUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTY IS WHAT COMES THE HARDEST. BE KIND TO YOURSELF. THE WORLDS NEEDS YOU AND IT NEEDS TO SEE YOU! I CHALLENGE YOU TO EXIST IN PHOTOGRAPHS.
BEAUTY BEGINS THE MOMENT
YOU DECIDE TO BE
YOURSELF - COCO CHANEL