What’s this all about, then?
Hi there! I’m Lindley, pronounced LIN-lee. I’m a body positive portrait photographer in Seattle, WA. As a healthy body image and size acceptance advocate, I’m passionate about helping plus-size women develop a healthy body image and see how beautiful they are right this moment, without guilt or shame or endless dieting.
Where are you located?
I live near scenic Seattle, Washington, in the United States. My creative portrait photography radius includes most of the Pacific Northwest, including Portland, Vancouver, Port Angeles, and Spokane. If you’d like to see me and my camera up close and personal and live elsewhere, I’m also happy to travel.
Do you really only work with plus-size women? Why?
The average American woman wears a size 14, but when you look at magazines and websites and Instagram, how many larger women do you see? Women of every size are beautiful, and larger (or curvy, or zaftig, or plus-size, or big, or full figured, or fat) women deserve to be confident and celebrated for their inherent beauty just as much as thinner women.
How do I know my photos will be flattering and make me look good?
My training in portraiture has included many hours of training specifically on posing and lighting larger and curvier bodies. I’m on the larger end of the plus-size spectrum myself, so I’m also familiar with how a plus-size body feels from the inside. I know how to make you look fabulous.
But I don’t feel beautiful.
Take a look at the portraits here on the site. With very few exceptions, these women are just like you: in other words, they’re not models and (beyond some inspiration from Tyra) have no modeling experience. With a little hair and makeup assistance (included in most of my sessions) and some magic from me, it’s easy to look like your best, beautiful plus-size self.
One of the reasons I’ll ask you to fill out a short questionnaire first thing is so that I can get to know and see you in person before the shoot. I’ll get a sense of your personality and appearance, and use that to plan poses specifically for you.
Pricing and Sessions
How does this work? What’s the process?
You’ll get all the details before your shoot, but here’s the short version:
- You book a session through my online shop, and I contact you with scheduling details
- You receive a mini e-course in your email that walks you through what to bring, wear and expect at the shoot
- At the shoot, I guide you through flattering poses in a safe and fun environment
- We meet for a reveal session where you see yourself in a whole new light
How much do you charge for a portrait session? What are your rates?
Portrait and boudoir sessions start at $145, and my clients spend an average of about $900. Want more details? Get more info and I’ll fill you in.
What kinds of sessions do you offer?
When you select your session date and location, you’ll be able to choose from a 60- or 90-minute session. There’s also the Wild Rose: An all-day adventure, starring you. Start your morning with a professional massage, glide through hair and makeup, then head out to a spectacular Pacific Northwest location for the portraits of your wildest dreams.
What packages do you offer?
It’s a new era, and my products reflect that. Rather than a few inflexible packages that stick you with stuff you don’t want, I help you create a collection that reflects your taste, wants and budget. (There’s also an a la carte option for digital files.)
The products Sweet Amaranth offers include:
- Beautiful full-sized albums
- Personalized photo lockets
- Special mini albums to keep in your purse for a pick-me-up
- Prints framed in gorgeous reclaimed barnwood
- Custom, personalized slideshows and iPhone/Android apps
- Digital photos in high resolution or pre-sized for social media such as Facebook and Twitter
Do you have a studio?
Yours truly is what’s called an on-location photographer. That means I can shoot anywhere, making your experience a lot more fun and personalized. No sitting in front of cheesy backdrops!
However, I often work with clients at my home in Fairwood, WA, which is both a friendly, inviting space and one that offers lots of beautiful spots outdoors (with a convenient house to shelter in if it rains).
Clothing, Makeup and Your Portrait Session
How long is a portrait shoot?
Sweet Amaranth portrait sessions start at 60 minutes, though I recommend the 90-minute session. That’s longer than many portrait photographers’ sessions, but it means we’ll have time to discuss any last-minute clothing questions, make sure you’re comfortable, and have a laid-back session that keeps you feeling safe and beautiful. (There’s even a crazy awesome, day-long portrait session if you want to have beautiful adventures and capture incredible moments!)
What about hair and makeup?
I do strongly advise wearing makeup to your portrait session; it’ll help bring out the best in your face and smooth your skin. But don’t worry, it’s all taken care of! All sessions include hair and makeup, so all you need to do is arrive and let my talented partners pamper you.
What should I wear for a portrait session?
Generally, dark colors and flowing, close-fitting clothing are the most flattering for most people. But this is about you, and what you wear should reflect that! We’ll discuss clothing options before your shoot and I’ll help you choose something great.
Should I bring a change of clothes? Can I wear more than one outfit?
Yes! The number of outfits we’ll be able to take advantage of depends on the length of your session, but you’re welcome to bring a few options. We’ll also be discussing clothing options beforehand — I’ll guide you through choosing a great outfit.
I’ve never done any modeling. I don’t even like being in front of the camera. How will I know what to do?
Take a look at the portraits here on the site. With very few exceptions, these women are just like you: in other words, they’re not models and (beyond some inspiration from Tyra) have no modeling experience.
At the shoot, I’ll give you a quick posing lesson and then guide you through each pose. My sessions are planned to be a bit longer than your average portrait shoot specifically so that you have time to relax and enjoy your session.
Being in front of the camera makes me nervous. What if I’m too scared to have my picture taken?
Sweet Amaranth portrait sessions are built around making you feel comfortable, safe and beautiful. That means you’re supported from the moment your shoot is scheduled:
- You’ll receive a series of emails leading up to the shoot that let you know exactly what to expect and guide you through preparing to look your best.
- When you arrive for the shoot, you’ll be greeted with water and a small snack. I’ll also have supplies on hand like makeup blotting paper, a comb and tissues.
- My assistant and makeup artist are female, which helps calm many women and reassure them there’s no “audience” watching them pose.
So, I have this Pinterest board….
Bring on the Pinterest boards! (I have a few myself.) If you’re feeling inspired on outfits, hair, makeup, poses, or shoot locations, I’d love to see. We’ll use your inspiration shots to help plan the perfect shoot for you.
I have this cool place in mind….
You’re going to tell me about it, right? Because I want to see! There’s a very good chance we can have your shoot at your dream location or somewhere like it.
Purchasing and Digital Photos
How much retouching do you do? What if I have a giant zit?
There are two types of retouching generally done for portraits: portrait and commercial beauty. Portrait retouching focuses on making people look naturally beautiful, while commercial beauty is the type of thing you see in magazines and advertising and features flawless, china-doll perfection.
You can probably tell from the previous paragraph how I’m going to answer this question. Since you’re already gorgeous exactly the way you are, I’ll focus on retouching that removes temporary flaws (like acne) and softens signs of aging.
Can you make me look thinner?
Yes and no.
I do not digitally alter the framework of your body. Instead, I’ll get a sense of your personality and appearance, and use that to plan poses specifically for you.
Take a look at the portraits here on the site. Every one of these women have been retouched in my signature style (see “How much retouching” above), but none of them have been digitally slimmed down. Trust me as your ally to find the perfect poses to make you look your natural best.
Do I get a CD or DVD of all my photos?
I know the most annoying answer in the world is “It depends,” but really, it depends. You’ll be able to buy some or all of your high-resolution digital photos (also called digital negatives) after the shoot.
What if I don’t want to buy stuff? I just want my digital photos.
You’re welcome to only purchase digital negatives from your shoot. There’s no pressure to buy anything you don’t want.
That said, I do recommend getting prints of your favorite photos from the shoot. Digital photo files are difficult to take care of over long periods of time, so they’re not considered archival quality, whereas professionally-printed photographs will last for many decades.
Can I use my photos on Facebook even if I don’t buy them?
No matter which options you choose for purchasing photos from your shoot, you’ll receive at least some digital photos. You’re welcome to use those on social media sites.
How long will you keep my photos? Do they ever get deleted?
Do I have to buy prints through you or can I use my preferred service online?
You can do whichever you prefer! All my clients receive access to a free online gallery after their ordering session. The gallery is hooked directly to the same lab that prints the albums and other art products I offer, so you can safely order beautiful high-quality prints in any size you like directly from the gallery.
If you’d prefer a DIY approach, your best bet is to purchase the large digital files from your shoot. The files will come with a list of recommended sites online that I recommend for high-quality printing.
What if I decide I want more prints or an album later?
I’m happy to order prints, albums, or art products for you any time for up to five years after your shoot.