My Author Photos with Stephen Phillips Photography

Over the weekend I had a lovely experience. Stephen of new Bloomington, Indiana business Stephen Phillips Photography came to my house for an indoor/outdoor portrait session. Normally, I hate having my picture taken. I much prefer to be on the other side of the camera. But Stephen was laid back and genuinely seemed at ease behind the camera, a fact that put me at ease.

Half the battle of a good photo session is capturing positive moments for the client. This requires the confidence to take charge. I know. I had a short-lived career as a professional photographer in this very town. What I learned is that I strongly dislike directing people’s bodies. That came through in the moments I was unable to capture and, occasionally, in an awkwardness that pervaded the shoot. Stephen had no such issue. I loved his ideas, enthusiasm, and I wanted to be friends. Forever. Tra lala!

Here are three of the images from a lovely session. These are unedited shots so you can see what he can do straight out of the camera. Excellent, right?




You can find edits and more pictures on the Stephen Phillips Photography FaceBook page. I love his black and white crop of this last shot. Go take a gander!

*These images may not be reproduced without permission.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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  1. […] I am so proud to have my voice and support included on this amazing site catering to LGBTQ couples. I hope you’ll head over and have a read. The piece is brief, and the photography is done by local Bloomington photographer Stephen Phillips. You may remember him as the artist behind my author photos. […]

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  2. […] Find more of his work and schedule your session by visiting his Photoshelter page or viewing my author photos, which were taken at the very beginning of his […]

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