06 Jul San Jose Fine Art Milkbath Portrait | Anisha
I had such a sweet time working wish Anisha, and I am so glad she was willing to share a bit about her experience with my milkbath portrait (or flowerbath) shoots! Read all about it below :).
1) Why did you decide to do this type of session? Was there anything in particular you were hoping to “get out it”?
I’ve always loved to be on both sides of the camera and absolutely love doing styled photoshoots. It’s so inspiring to be a part of someone’s artistic vision! I saw a friend’s milkbath portrait photoshoot and was absolutely entranced by how gorgeous the shoot was while still being simple and sensual. There was such a strong sense of confidence and self in the photos that it really captured me as a viewer.
It was pretty much exactly what I was looking for after finally achieving a state of peace with my body image. After years of dieting and weight fluctuation, I was really proud of where I was health wise and wanted to catalogue my achievement!
2) How was the experience leading up to the shoot? How did you feel – apprehensive, excited?
The experience leading up the photoshoot was a bag of emotions. I was really excited to be part of something so unique and beautiful but also really nervous because I’ve never been particularly comfortable showing my body. Years of insecurities pervaded my thoughts but ultimately my excitement for celebrating my achievements was way larger. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to see the images before I even did the shoot!
3) How was the experience of the shoot itself. What was how you’d imagined, and what was different than you’d anticipated?
Doing the shoot was such a fun experience and unlike anything I’ve ever done before. Liza was so amazing at getting to know what I was comfortable with while still making suggestions to elevate the shoot. It really felt like a collaboration even though the creative genius was all her! I had such a good time and felt really comfortable the entire time and got to pretty much wiggle in the water while Liza placed flowers, tulle, color, etc. everywhere. I totally didn’t expect to feel so comfortable doing something like this!
4) How did the shoot make you feel?
Doing this shoot made me feel really feminine and sensual. I work in tech with a bunch of guys so the focus I place on a day to day to look “nice” isn’t very much. Doing this really made me look at myself as a woman again. That sounds kind of weird but it made me feel like the woman I was before I became so obsessed with work. This shoot removed the distractions of life, I guess, and made me really just think about myself. It was a nice change!
5) How do you feel about your final images?
Two words: LOVE THEM. They’re exactly what I wanted and really made me look at myself in a different perspective. I feel like in the age of selfies and Instagram, it’s easy to perceive yourself a certain way photographically. Seeing the result of my photoshoot was really exciting because it felt like I was looking at myself from a new perspective. It was almost like I was looking at myself artistically instead of critically.
6) Was there anything about the whole experience that you were surprised by?
I was totally surprised by how much time, effort, and attention to detail went into this. It really looks like it’s just a big pool of milk that you throw some flowers in but it’s so much more than that. It really felt like someone was creating art around me and it was really fun!
7) Would you recommend it to a friend? Why or why not?
Absolutely! I think it’s so important to love who you are and celebrate that. Now that I’m older, I’m always shocked by how hard I was on myself when looking back at old photos. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the negative but doing a photoshoot like this catalogues how amazing you are as a person now.