MANHATTAN BEACH PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Amy Yamada and Katie Wygant are the owners of Lean Goddess, a really inspired collaboration that is helping clients embrace who they are, while pursuing avenues of self-improvement through fitness and confidence building. I'm paraphrasing here, but it's really about discovering and evolving "the best you", both in body and soul.
What I love about their business model is that they really want clients to be genuine to themselves. They're not looking to reshape or reprogram folks. They want to help you build upon what's working in your life and then, push what you'd like to see improve. After spending only a few hours with Amy and Katie on this shoot, I can tell they're great motivators, and we even had a helpful discussion about how these issues of esteem and goal setting apply to photography, as well as my own business. After all, successful portraiture is about more than just technical skills, it's also very much about making people feel comfortable and accepting of who they are in front of the camera.
As Lean Goddess continues to grow, Amy and Katie scheduled this session to capture the enthusiasm and energy they're hoping to share with the clients they work with. We explored both downtown Manhattan Beach and along the pier — almost like a dual senior portrait session — and the surf and smoky sunset did not disappoint. Then again, we could have stayed in an alley all day and come away with great pictures. It's their attitude that shoots, scores, and wins here.
Thanks for the memorable shoot, Amy and Katie! Read more about Lean Goddess on the website or Facebook.