Josh Weiland Photography
Josh Weiland Photography also partners with Salon Ivey, the local Aveda salon in my area. They’re AMAZING and we share the same vision when it comes to pampering our clients. Elaina Dewey is the incredible Salon Ivey stylist who worked with Annie for her Beauty Revived session and you can follow Salon Ivey below…
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Meet Annie: diligent, determined, dreamer. She is Beauty Revived
When I decided to hold a Beauty Revived session I immediate thought of my friend Annie! We met back in high school and she has ALWAYS been a hard worker. I’d be willing to bet that she thinks of herself as ordinary, but in reality she is just the opposite and always seems to work her way into extraordinary experiences. We grew up in a small town in Michigan called Pinckney but Annie has always been locked on her dreams beyond where we grew up. She knew early on that she wanted to do something with her life that would help make the lives of the elderly more independent and enjoyable, and we both ended up going to college in the Grand Rapids area. Annie graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and now she’s pursing a career in the medical field!
Annie and I had so much fun during her Beauty Revived session… there’s just something incredible about seeing someone realize their inner strength and beauty. Everyday life can make it hard to see that. But taking a moment to sit back and giving yourself the gift of bring pampered to a professional portrait session … we know how to help you reach deep and see that beauty again.
Of course, there is beauty in professional hair and makeup styling, and the way that a professional can photograph you in your best light. But the REAL beauty is rejuvenated inside of you when you open your eyes, take a good look at yourself, and have the confidence to tell yourself that you are THIS beautiful EVERY day.
My name is Annie Barron and I would describe myself as both a homebody and a wanderer. I’m a nice mix of the two! I’m constantly seeking out my next great adventure…but while reveling in the comforts of home. I’m reserved and thoughtful and this helps me see the beauty in simplicity and moments of peace.
A few of the portraits in my session were taken in front of a weeping cherry tree that my grandmother gave me for my 8th birthday. When I received the gift of a tree as an eight year old I was slightly underwhelmed. A tree? Really? But now I realize how special that gift was; I have a living symbol of my grandmother and her love for me. She passed away in 2002 and although the tree is obviously not the focus of the portraits, it felt special to have my Beauty Revived session at my home where we were able to use the tree as a backdrop – as though a piece of my grandma is tangibly present with me.
When Josh reached out to me I was hesitant to do a Beauty Revived session because I’ve always thought of myself as a very average person in terms of looks (I say that without seeking any pity or protest – I’m happy to be average, someone has to be!) I just didn’t think people would be very interested in pictures of me or that I could take pictures that would be captivating no matter how excellent the photographer. I felt that I would be wasting people’s time only to end up with a picture that couldn’t be picked out from a crowd. But Josh helped to take my mind off any pressure and made the whole experience feel natural.
The response to my portraits from friends and family has been surprising and amazing. These portraits have even led friends I’ve lost touch with to reconnect with me just to say how much they like them. Seeing the results from my Beauty Revived session has made me realize how a good photographer can bring out sides of you that you did even know you had and frame your beauty in unique and surprising ways. This is true for both the final portraits, but more importantly– how I view myself in daily life.
About the photographer:
My name is Josh Weiland and I’m the owner of Josh Weiland Photography, which is located in Michigan and serves both the Grand Rapids and greater Ann Arbor areas. My focus is senior portraits and we LOVE working with senior girls who are looking for an amazing fashion-forward and high-end experience.