I had never before looked at a photograph of me and felt as though I was staring into my soul in the mirror. I now have, thanks to contemporary portrait genius Sue Bryce. Through Sue’s images I gaze into my own eyes and see my true self—fully alive. No worries. Not thinking. Just being. Just me being ME.
I am humbled to be one of the over 5000 women Sue has guided to this experience of self-realization in her 23 year career. Sue graciously photographed me last weekend after her two creativeLIVE workshops Working with Hair and Makeup and Inside the Glamour Studio.
I’ve been replaying my experiences with Sue over and over in my mind. I keep asking myself, what is it about the way Sue Bryce photographs women that is magical? I think I’ve figured it out. Sue Bryce connects with a powerful energy and holds space for a woman to fully experience her inner beauty and be present in those moments.
Ironically my hair and makeup pampering by the gentle and talented Simona Janek
encouraged me to actually transcend all of the stereotypes pop culture tells me about what it means to be beautiful instead of buy into them. After I got over the nerves of being photographed by Sue (yes I was nervous!), I began to no longer think about what I "look" like, but rather what I "feel" like. I don’t look the same as I did when I was 21, but Sue transported me back to that youthful feeling. At the same time, I began to accept and own aging with beauty.
We all know the old adage “a picture speaks a thousand words.” Sue’s portraits scream even more than words – a thousand boosts of self-confidence, a thousand smiles from the inside out, a thousand gestures of gratitude for feeling beautiful.
Sue, as I look at your images of me (a.k.a. my soul-gazing mirror) all I can do is sing to myself, “You make me feel like a natural woman.” Thank you for giving me the gift of seeing who I am. I am Kenna Klosterman.