Body and Soul
-by Gina Main Photography
Hi! I'm so glad you're here.
It means you're ready to give some love to your
body and soul.
That's what Body and Soul sessions are about.
Reconnecting with your body and soul and capturing that energy in artful imagery.
Growing older is not easy in today's society. Women often forget that their lives are their own. With so many responsibilities, one day we look in the mirror and wonder who's staring back at us.
This is for women who want to make friends with themselves again.
Feeling good and reconnecting with the self is what this experience is all about.
This photoshoot is inspired by fashion, glamour, beauty, fine art, and boudoir.
That's a lot, yes, but women have so many layers. This experience is about connecting with all your layers, your whole self, inside and out, your body and your soul, appreciating it, owning it, being grateful for it, loving it. Capture your soul in images as a way to always remember yourself.
The most captivating images are soulful images with connection and depth. They are created when someone is truly in the present moment.
Be in the moment
so you will not only SEE the images we create, you will FEEL them, too.
Let go of negative thoughts about your body that are useless and painful, force fed to you by a lifetime of social programming.
Let go so you can just "be."
Focus on all the things you love the most about yourself!
We will take time to dig deep into the amazingness of you to create images of you that YOU love.
Be vulnerable. Be natural. Be emotional. Be real. Be raw.
Be in motion.
Move your body and your soul will follow.
THIS IS ONLY FOR FLAWLESS WOMEN.
THIS IS FOR ONLY NARCISSITS.
THIS IS ONLY FOR WOMEN TO GIVE AS A GIFT TO A PARTNER.
THIS IS FOR...
WHO IS GRATEFUL TO HER INCREDIBLE, RESILIENT, EVER CHANGING BODY AS IT TAKES HER THROUGH THIS WILD RIDE OF LIFE, THROUGH ECSTASY, JOY, PAIN, LOVE, AND LOSS.
WHO CHOOSES CONNECTION WITH HERSELF AND REFUSES TO ALLOW HER INCREDIBLE BODY TO BE OWNED BY SOCIETY'S RULES ABOUT BEAUTY, VALUE, AND WORTH.
IT'S FOR WOMEN WHO WRITE THEIR OWN DAMN NARRATIVE.
Every dent. Every mark. Every ring of wrinkles.
Every broken nose. Every pimple scar.
Every cellulite bulge. Every skinny, protruding bone.
Every belly, big or small, that holds within it a womb, capable of so much power, pain, or even ambivalence.
Every wound that indicates how our bodies have served us.
Every thing that society doesn't hold up to the light as worthy of fascination and wonder.
Every one of THOSE things is beautiful.
Yes, symmetrical faces with smooth skin are still beautiful,
but to limit beauty to perfection is
I will be your caring companion with a camera, to encourage you and guide you into images you will love of yourself, not because they are standardly "beautiful," but because they are images with depth and meaning, images of your soul feeling gratitude for your body.
Your body as it is now, revered in this moment.
Your body, natural, raw, puzzled together by the generations of women who came before you, and shaped by the chosen and unchosen forces you've experienced from the day you were born.
Your body is STILL there for you.
Let's honor it in the most beautiful way possible.
YOUR BODY AND SOUL
Specially created for Groupon.
Your $19 Groupon price gets you:
A $100 session fee (the regular session fee is $399).
A choice between two options.
Two complimentary retouched digital images (printable up to 8x10) with rights to reproduce, print, and share.
OR a $200 credit and a 10% discount on collection* orders.
A chance to save hundreds of dollars if you choose to upgrade your order using the included Groupon customer-only credits and discounts. Upgrading is not required.
Pre-shoot (same day) meet & greet
Booking. Text Gina Main Photography to schedule a phone call to get more information and/or book the shoot. The session fee of $100 (available only to Groupon customers) is payable at the time of booking.
M-F at 11 am**
Pre-shoot meet and greet. On the day of the shoot, we will meet at the chosen location. We will do a brief centering meditation to set the tone. Then we will either begin shooting in a discrete outdoor location or move into my studio space. This is a necessary protection for both of us, as my studio is in a personal location.
The photoshoot. A private and discrete 75 minute, guided photoshoot, outdoor and/or in. The shoot will take place in Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, or Oak Park, CA. Details given before booking.
An in-person viewing and ordering sales session. Either 30 minutes after the photoshoot or after you break for lunch (whichever you prefer) you will get to see 60 - 80 of the best images (unretouched) in black and white. Any image you love and choose to purchase will be retouched (unless you request no retouching). This session usually takes 60-90 minutes.
A pricing menu with product collections* (digitals, prints, wall-art, and albums) will be sent to you BEFORE you book.
Pay nothing more at this session and choose two digital images to be retouched and delivered digitally, printable to 8x10.
Order pick-up. 3-4 weeks after your session, return to the studio to pick up your album, wall art, and/or prints. My earnest hope is that seeing the art of you in print moves your soul the same as your actual photo session.
Optionally, you may pay for a drop shipment to your home if returning to the studio is not possible. But I hope you'll opt to return so I can see your reaction to your artwork!
Refunds for the $100 fee are allowable one time and must occur three weeks prior to your session date to be honored.
Rescheduling is allowable one time and must occur 48 hours before the scheduled session.
Total time commitment on the day of the shoot is around 3 hours.
Expect to be done around 2-3 pm.
Print and digital collections begin at $1299
Inquire for the price list BEFORE booking.
IMPORTANT: Your $19 Groupon plus a $100 session fee includes your specialized experience and two retouched digital images only (sized to be printable up to 8x10).
Prints and products are ordered separately.
Groupon participants who upgrade will receive a $200 credit and a 10% discount on print/digital collection orders in lieu of the two complimentary digital images.
The average customer spends $2800 WITHOUT the Groupon discounts.
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Hair and makeup can be a great way to free you up from the worry of your outward look so you can focus inward.
Hair and Makeup
Your styling speaks volumes about you!
Make sure you say the right thing!
WHAT TO WEAR
Think minimal. We want the focus to be on you and your body, not your clothes.
Bring a few choices that you love yourself in. This does NOT have to be something that you'd wear on a regular day or even outside in public. You get to be creative here. We can decide at the shoot what will work best.
Bring black, white, and nude lingerie options. Nipple covers too if you prefer discretion under translucent material.
Sheer or lacy shawls and wraps give you a fun prop to play with and also look really cool.
Accessories, such as bracelets, plunging necklaces, earrings, body chains, etc. can personalize your session even more.
A meaningful heirloom or gift accessory is highly encouraged! It will add depth and emotion to an image.
Body suits are incredibly beautiful on every body! Go black, grey, white or skin-colored. Nordstroms has many skin colors to choose from!
Test your apparel choices long before your shoot day to make sure they all work!
If you feel you don't have anything, don't worry! I have fabrics, wraps, robes, dresses, lingerie, and more for you to choose from.
HOW TO PREP
MAKEUP and HAIR
Come with fresh and clean makeup, the way you love to be seen on a good day.
Eyebrows are often overlooked. Pardon the pun! Please make sure they are groomed in the shape you'd like to see in photos!
Bring makeup and hair styling tools for light touch ups during the shoot, like lipstick and a brush.
Lips are so important! Apply a lip conditioner before bed for weeks before your shoot and exfoliate to eliminate flakes!
Pay close attention to lipstick or gloss application. Bare lips are better than lipstick mistakes!
Come with clean hair that is lightly styled and not greasy! For long hair, please keep it moveable, without too much hairspray.
A hydra-facial a day or two before the shoot is a great way to go above and beyond for your self-love experience!
Shave or wax, unless you don't care about that sort of thing! I believe in breaking "rules" of beauty and doing what feels right to you.
NAILS! Please shape and color them how you would like. Hands WILL be in the photos.
Glasses will create indentations on your face. If you don't want this, please remove them a good while before your shoot.
Drink lots of water in the days leading up to your shoot so your skin is glowing and hydrated.
Moisturize from head to toe on the day of the shoot.
Please wear loose clothing on the way to the shoot so there are no temporary skin indents.
That was a lot of prep-work, I know! It's one reason modeling is NOT for me. I wouldn't want to worry about those things all the time. But this is a special occasion that you don't do every day! The more you feel prepared, the better you will be able to BREATHE, relax, and enjoy your shoot!
EXTRA CREDIT: Practice moving your body in front of a full body mirror, standing and sitting. Pay attention to the angles and facial expressions you like best!