February's Personal Project | Valentine's Self-Portraits

February's personal project, turned out to be one of my least prepared for self-portraits I have ever done, but also my favorite.

Writing this in my Sydney, AU Airbnb apartment 8600 miles away from my very-soon-to-be husband feels quite strange and melancholy. It’s been nearly 4 weeks since I’ve been in the same room, let alone breathing space, as my love and I treasure these photos beyond words.

When I took them on the eve of Valentine’s Day I was after a beautifully intimate and beautifully classy new headshot for the launch/relaunch of Anne Clase Photography, but it turned into something very trusting and courageous (something that often happens when we experience things together).

February's Personal Project | Valentine's Portraits | Anne Clase Photography | Dallas Fashion Photographer

The industry glorifies a single and very confident woman these days, especially in professional creative headshots. But that wasn’t my goal here, because that isn’t who I am. I am a woman who is so graciously and undeservedly loved by her fiancé. To the soul and beyond kind of loved. By a man who loves me so much that he will sacrifice his own time, and talents and lay down his life so that I can live my dreams.

I couldn’t not include Roland in these.

A project that so signifies us and our new beginning. A project that thanks him, even just a little bit, for laying himself down. And a project that lets him and the rest of the world know that I will work and fight for our new family with everything in me.

February's Personal Project | Valentine's Portraits | Anne Clase Photography | Dallas Fashion Photographer
February's Personal Project | Valentine's Portraits | Anne Clase Photography | Dallas Fashion Photographer

Here’s to 36 days until I am with my precious love again, and 56 until I get to marry him…

And to the fools who dream.

xx,

Anne Bertelson

Utah-Based Fashion & Advertising Photographer | Specializing in Kids Projects