The Female Portrait Experiment

As y’all know, I love so many things. One thing they all have in common is celebrating women! Whether it’s a Norabloom facial experience or portrait. I love photographing all the delightful moments in a woman’s life. I am Holly, founder of Norabloom, Holistic Esthetician, and Photographer. Trust me, it all really does go together.

What I am about to share may shock you, don’t judge- this is strictly my opinion.

Years ago I thought boudoir photography was totally for me. What could be better than showing women their beauty and sexiness – professional hair, makeup, the lacy undergarment – the whole shebang. I was creating sexy albums for partners/ husbands/ etc. Clients were so happy with the end result. I kept booking these and at the end I was left with a sense of emptiness. What was missing?

Since I have very few willing models on speed dial, I began taking self portraits. The nice thing being the subject, is I can experiment with no pressure.

One day I was playing around with my own self portraits. Before I start any project, I meditate. I grab my good ole coil bound sketch book (literally have been using the same type of Strathmore Sketch Book since high school art class) and fill it with words, emotions, images, textures – till the magic shows itself. This has been my process for as long as I can remember. Poof- I have set my intention for my portrait session.

I continued to practice this way until it hit me. OHHHHH female portraits – to me this is a very different intention than boudoir. It can be very healing to dig deep within yourself and celebrate what you discover and this experience – is JUST FOR YOU.

Stay tuned. I am creating a very special female portrait experience just for you.

I will be vulnerable, here is my gallery. Let’s create something special and tell your story!

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Love, Holly

ithaca Ny photographer

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I love my family, my community, and my craft. On this JOY journey, I decided to be unapologetically me. I am embracing all my passions. I am the founder of Norabloom, a holistic esthetician, certified integrative nutrition health coach, yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, and a photographer. 

I founded Norabloom 24 years ago as a stellar little skin spa with my own line of small batch botanical beauty products. As the years passed, I reconnected with my love of art and photography when my daughter was pregnant with her little one, yes I am a proud (young) grandma! I am doing all the things I love rolled into one ~ Norabloom!

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