The why behind Portray Your Story

Feb 6, 2020

father with baby on the lap

I have always loved finding out about other people and capturing their stories. That is why after my bachelor in Cultural Anthropology I decided to do a master in Documentary Filmmaking. So, the step to start a Family and Branding photography and videography business is not that big. I have used my camera for the past 10 years to tell stories. Stories about human trafficking, homelessness, the relational impact of illness and many others. However, after the birth of my child I now know that I want to tell two types of stories: Family stories and Personal Branding Stories. I will explain to you why I want to tell these stories in particular, as they are both close to my heart.

Why family photography and filmmaking?

A family photograph of father and daughter. The importance of family photography for Portray Your Story.
The last Christmas I spend with my father before he died in February.

This picture is of me and my dad. It was our last Christmas together and he died not long after on February 21st. I was only 4 years old. I do not hold many memories of him as I was far too young for that. It is these pictures of him and our family that meant the world to me when I was growing up. And even today I have this picture of us hanging in my living room. I cannot imagine not having had these photographs of my father. They helped me grieve. They gave me something tangible and have been my only ‘memories’ of him. So, make sure you are in your family photographs and that you take photos. Don’t be shy to ask a stranger to snap a picture. Photos and films are your memories of a life lived and also a tangible piece for the next generations. They are the keepers of your family memories!

An old family photograph shows the importance of family photography and the why behind Portray Your Story .
My father and his parents and siblings when they lived in Venezuela.

Another reason is that as a child I loved looking at our family albums. I notice with my own son, who is now three, that he enjoys seeing pictures of himself when he was little and of mommy and daddy before he was born (a thought that makes him very angry :D).

A photo of me and my son and another reason why I started my family and personal branding photography business Portray Your Story.
Me and my son.

So, I truly believe that having your family pictures taken are important. It is also the reason why I do not want my style to be posed. I do not want you all looking into the camera. I want my pictures to show a true connection between your family. One that shows the love you have for each other.

A family photograph of mother, father and son. The importance of family photography.
Me and my own little family.

Why branding photography and filmmaking?

I want to be a part of female empowerment. I want to give a face to what it means to be a powerful businesswoman and to help them tell their stories. Only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is female: a gender gap equivalent of 1.1 million businesses (Rose Review of Female entrepreneurship, HM Treasury 2019).  I want to help these women become more visible. To help them inspire other women to take that step into starting your own business. Women were 55% more likely than men to cite fear of going it alone as a primary reason for not starting a business (Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, HM Treasury 2019). When we see more women running a business, then I am sure that there will be more women who will dare to take that step too. I want my work to be of value to others and have a higher purpose. I want to use my skills and talents to help other women succeed!

Next to female empowerment I love to be part of other creative businesses, from jewellery makers to bakers. To show your passion and the creative process via photographs and film. To help creatives market their artworks and attract those clients. So that they can make their artwork into a viable business.

If you feel like we are aligned and you like my photography, then do get in touch with me (no strings attached). You can also always have a look at my Family and Personal Branding photography freebies. .

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