Introducing The Mirror Sessions

 
Mirror Sessions by AndreaBelleStudios.com

For a long time I've had a lot of questions about what I'm doing with my art, and I am curious if there is more that can be done.

In our area, it's popular to have an anniversary dance. We wait to see which couple has been married the longest, and then give them about fifteen seconds to tell us how they stayed married that long. I've always watched these sweet couples quietly exit the dance floor and wanted to have a conversation with them. I don't want to know their "magic secret," I want to know what they cook when their family comes to visit. I want to know what they call their grandbabies. I want to know where we could find them on a Saturday morning. I promise it's not so I can go find them on a Saturday morning, (<nervous laughter>), it's just that I think there are stories they could share that would fill pages that their families would cherish. I think they are wise and I'd like to listen to them.

A few years ago, I wanted to create a session that could give us the chance to have conversations and share some of the pieces that make us who we are. I need to know that I tried a little harder to create meaningful opportunities that mirror the moments we love.

Mirror Session by AndreaBelleStudios.com | Portraits in Dayton Ohio

On my personal blog, I shared a little while back about one of our favorite quotes from Harry Potter:

"The Mirror of Erised shows nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desires of our hearts."

I often think of those magical photographs in the books, and my thoughts trail to my own family and the people who would fill that frame for me. I see joy. My goal is to give people that glimpse, that reflection of the people they already know, and what they already see in their own reveries when they look forward to making the trip home for Christmas.

My sons and I are enjoying the Netflix take on A Series of Unfortunate Events. Throughout the episodes they joke about literal & figurative meaning. This session is meant to be a figurative mirror. I just so happen to have a literal image of a couple mirrored in the water. My son Kevin reminds me of the Baudelaire children and we particularly like this vein of humor.

I'm looking forward to sharing more with you, especially from this session!

-Andrea

Email me at andreabellestudios@gmail.com for more details!