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BOTOX CHANGED MY BUSINESS!

April 24th, 2018

Botox Changed Everything!
How did Tris Anderson Photography change because of Botox?

“B-B-Botox?!” A look of shock and disbelief over combs their face as they learn that my 20-something-year-old forehead has been injected with almost 32 units of Botulinum (Botox for short). “B-B-Botox?!” is usually followed closely by, “You don’t need that!” P.S.A.: What you think I need is none of my concern. However, I did choose to sit down and think about why… why is it that I think of Botox as a very routine act of self-care, almost like brushing your teeth or washing your hair. I uncovered that not only is Botox synonymous with self-care acts of hygiene for me, but it has transformed the way I retouch my client’s faces. Let’s talk…

OH, if you find that you are interested in knowing whom I use for Botox, Fillers, etc. click the link at the end of the post and I’ll send you their info and some of my Before and After’s.

I feel the need offer this disclaimer because Botox and the act of freezing one’s forehead muscles can be very controversial:
I am NOT suggesting that anyone get Botox injected into his or her forehead because of anything that I might say in this blog post. My experiences have been fantastic and I would be more than happy to refer you to the Registered Nurse (R.N.) that I have been using for my last three treatments. However, this post is entirely about my personal views on the treatment and how it has changed the way I retouch my clients’ images. Your experience may differ wildly from mine.

The idea of Botox causing a fake, plastic or frozen look has more to do with the injector than it has to do with the substance itself. Why? Well, because Botox is truly an art and it allows the injector to relax, or freeze, a muscle for about 3 to 4 months. This act, this tool for that matter, can smooth (or remove) unwanted lines and wrinkles… it can also render your face incapable of making the most rudimentary expressions. An expression is everything in Tris Anderson Photography. Actually, this brings me to my next point…

When guiding a client through a portrait session, I look for 5 things:
1.    Chin
2.    Shoulders
3.    Hourglass
4.    Expression
5.    Connection

If the expression is not there, the photo is no good to me and would never make it through the retouching process. However, there are some things that I have noticed Botox when used correctly, has in common with a perfectly retouched portrait of a mature woman. Would you like to know what that is? Of course, you would… otherwise, you would not be here.

Vertical lines and horizontal lines, most commonly known as:
•    Worry Lines
•    Frown Lines
•    Crows Feet

All terms for things that most women think they can live without. Believe it or not, just like Botox, you can go too far with retouching these lines out. It was through using Botox to prevent lines from forming and correcting some that had already formed that I found the PERFECT formula for retouching these lines.  A formula, that ALL my clients love because it’s the perfect balance of I look well rested & I have never looked this good before.

Now, I remove 30% to 45% of horizontal lines on the forehead and 100% of vertical lines. I choose to remove all vertical lines (frown lines in between eyebrows) because these are the lines that are formed during anger and confusion… not something I want to have represented my portraits. Interestingly enough, this is the same formula that I gave to the R.N. that I use for my Botox. It works for me because no one ever knows I had anything done, until now, but it helps prevent some of the aging processes has begun a little prematurely.

Like I said above, Botox is not for everyone. If enough of you are interested in my experience I will write more about that in a future blog post so feel free to reach out. If you are interested in learning whom I use for my injectables like Filler, Botox, and chemical Peels, CLICK HERE. I will also include a before and after because… well, who does not like to see a transformation?

Thanks,
Tris

The Affect Dementia has on my Portraits.

April 15th, 2018

To say my grandmother, Denise, is a gentile and loving woman would be a severe understatement. To give you an idea of how gentile and loving this woman is I will would like to compare her to an angel. Why? Well, she was incredibly soft spoken and had a love for animals that would move Jane Goodall herself. There was not a mean bone in her body and she almost glowed when she would smile… something she did quite a bit of. I remember her as being a lady in every sense of the word and on an any given afternoon, right around 3:30pm, she would get dressed in her evening wear. This would include a piece of ornate, and beautiful, jewelry that would match impeccably to her perfectly curated outfit. Then, she would make herself a vodka and water drink while she would sit in the porch and enjoy some music of the 1930s. My grandmother has long lost her siblings; otherwise you would find her beloved sister, Daphny, right by her side while they chatted about life in the good ole days.

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As a young boy, she was my confident. She would teach me to play Gin and often let me win even though I probably was not very good but that was the type of woman she was. She also was the first person that made me feel comfortable to be me. I liked fashion so she would let me play in her jewelry. I loved nail polish, so she would let me paint my nails. I mean… the list goes on and on…

This is how I would like to remember my grandmother because this is how I believe she would like me to remember her. And no, she is not dead. She is alive but has succumb to a disease that has taken her from me; Dementia. 

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I did not know what was happening to her as a child. I just knew she was getting a little forgetful and from time to time a little moody. However, once she came to live with us it became very very clear something very different. What I did not know at 14 was that her brain cells were damaged and getting worse every day. Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. This damage interferes with the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. When brain cells cannot communicate normally, thinking, behavior and feelings can be affected. (“Dementia | Signs, Symptoms & Diagnosis.” Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/what-is-dementia.asp.)


As a child, I just saw my grandmother deteriorate. I stopped talking with her, I avoided her at all costs, and when I could not avoided her I would be very curt towards here. I did not have the tools to understand why the woman that meant so much to me was becoming someone I did not recognize.

Now… now she is in a home for people who cannot take care of themselves. She is unrecognizable to me. Her physical health is deteriorating but not nearly as quickly as her mental health has and the only saving grace is that she is not mentally able to see herself in the condition that she has come to at the ripe age of 93.

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There is a lesson in every traumatic experience, and yes – this was traumatic for me. The lesson for me, or the realization, was the power of a portrait.


There was one thing that my grandmother did in her life I am so grateful for; her love of the Polaroid. She has photos of herself at almost every stage of her life and those prints have become is the most valuable thing she has left for me. I will never be able to forget the woman that has transformed my life because of those portraits and that is the power of a portrait for me. I have used this experience at every milestone of my business. It is rooted in what I do and that is because I understand that one day our children, children’s children and so on will look for photos of us – what will they find?

What if you found $100?

April 11th, 2018

Let’s play a game! You’re out today, doing your normal thing you do when you’re out everyday and you look down to discover a crisp hundred dollar bill at your feet. WHAT do you do? 

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Before we proceed, this is a great opportunity for me to tell you a little more about me. I am a huge believer in manifestation. BUT AND HOWEVER, I do not believe one can sit on the couch and manifest a Bentley into their lives. It does not work that way. Hard work, living a life that is congruent with your dreams, and a strong belief that you are worthy of your dreams is the secret sauce to all levels of success! 

“I propose that abundance is not sustainable without a strong sense of self-worth.  Why not? Because maintaining health, reaching wealth, and finding love require the capacity to accept that you are worthy of your good fortune.” 

Mario Martinez PsyD. “The MindBody Code.” a.k.a. my favorite book ever!

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However, I do believe that the universe sends us little gifts from time to time and  if you consider this as a gift from the universe, how would you spend it? 

I’d probably drop it in an envelope addressed to my favorite charity or maybe go out for dinner at a lavish spot in NYC if I am in a self indulgent mood! 

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 Ok, now you! 

How Do YOU like your Margaritas?

April 8th, 2018

As I lay back on my favorite beach chair I realized how lucky I was. The Sun was shining {my tanning game was in FULL FORCE}, I had a frozen margarita sitting beside me {made by angels}, and I could hear the sound of the ocean crash onto the crystal clear sand. Yup, I was a lucky guy! OH, did I mention I had the latest issue of Vanity Fair?  

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As you already know, I am not a big writer, ESPECIALLY when on holiday! Therefor, I am going to list my top three favorite pastimes when I go back home to Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. 

1. Doing NOTHING! 
As many of you know, I am a big fan of a nap but when I get to do it every day and not feel badly… SIGN ME UP! 

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2. Horseback Riding on the Beach
Did you know for three years as a young teen I rode horses competitively? I was formally trained in the art of Dressage and Showjumping and I loved every minute of it. Well, in Trinidad we have a sister island, Tobago. Tobago is sort of like what the Hamptons is to NYC. A vacation spot for the people that work on the main land {Trinidad/NYC}

In Tobago, it is vastly popular to book in for a fabulous {and in some cases - & mine} romantic, horseback ride on a secluded beach. This had to make it on my two three list because it’s something I have not seen available in CT. If you know of a place please email me, Hello@TrisAnderson.com

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3. Dinner and Breakfast… And lunch
I am a HUGE foodie and there is something about being on vacation that gives you a free pass to eat the most indulgent meals without a care for Calories. I cannot tell you how much I ate, mostly because I don’t want to think about it, but I can tell you that everything I ate made me feel warm and fuzzy inside! 

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Did I mention Margaritas? Well… I had a fabulous bartender. His name was Philip and he could make a spicy margarita that would make your head spin. Trust me, that was a very good thing!

I managed to ask Philip to write down the recipe for this so that I can share it with you. CLICK HERE to have the recipe sent to your inbox! 

Cheers, 
Tris

Do You LOVE Your Selfies?

April 4th, 2018
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My clients always ask me, “How do I take better selfies?” and my answer has always been the same 3 easy steps. These 3 steps that help you spend more time interacting on social media and less time taking hundreds of selfies, only to marginally like one.

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If not, DOWNLOAD this easy “Top 3 Tips to Upping Your Selfie Game”. These are some easy to follow techniques that I use in the studio every day and now you can have them too!

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Mothers & ALL Women.

April 2nd, 2018

Mothers & ALL WOMEN is our newest campaign and first Mother’s Day campaign. We are so excited to tell you all about it! 

GET hundreds of dollars in savings with our 1-to-1 match on sessions and gift vouchers.

Sessions:

  • With the purchase of any individual or family sessions our studio will gift you with up to $790 in store credit to use on prints and legacy products.
  • Purchases can be made online or in our studio with an appointment.
  • LIMITED TIME ONLY. This campaign ends 05/13

Gift Vouchers:

  • With the purchase gift vouchers $300 or more, our studio will match your purchase 1-to-1. That means, you spend $300, but own a gift voucher valued at $600.
  • Purchases can be made online or in our studio with an appointment.
  • LIMITED TIME ONLY. This campaign ends 05/13

WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY:

When you make a purchase in honor of Mother’s Day – by May 13th – we will send 10% of your payment directly to the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls (at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County).

Here are a just few of the possible ways:
· Economically disadvantaged women will have essential toiletries – for themselves and their children.
· Pre- and post-natal case management to new mothers and their infants.
· Women and girls of all ages will have creative, artistic outlets where they can address issues and concerns in their lives and their community
. And so much more!


To learn more, click HERE (trisanderson.com).

The Best Hair Trends for Spring!

April 1st, 2018

This year’s Spring/Summer NY Fashion Week was just as much about the garments as it was about the stunning Hair and Make-up styles. Let’s talk about four of my favorite Hair looks straight from the S/S ’18 runways.

Center Parted and Textured

This is the perfect hairstyle for those professional moms on the go and that girl that wants to look clean and chic. One of the reasons why I love this look is because it’s not locked into a particular demographic. I can see women of varying ages rocking this look. Imagine how fresh and light this hairstyle will be on those spring days at the vineyard with friends drinking a glass of Rosé. You’ll be wearing your favorite floral spring dress and a cute pear of Tory Burch flats. What can get better than that?

Styling this look is super easy too. All you need to do is tussle it in the morning with your favorite hair product and your ready to go because what makes this look so effortlessly chic is it’s natural wave.

 

Ladies, get out your long and dramatic earrings!

 This hairstyle from the Sachin & Babi runway is for those of you that have a collection of long dangly, dramatic earrings that tend to get lost behind your hair. Some of the best spring/summer accessories are those beautiful statement earrings that compliment a simple outfit so well, so let us mix things up a little with our hairstyle this season and showcase those beautiful earrings a little.

The key to this look is that your hair is deeply parted to one side and slipped behind one ear. Theoretically, if that is the only requirement to have this hairstyle, anyone can do it – but it’s not, at least not in my book.

In my book, what will make this a showstopper is the tossled waves. Those waves make this look feminine and flirtatious and it can be done with super long or shoulder length hair as seen in the above image. It is those attributes that drew me in to this look and I cannot wait to try this with a client!

Rocker-ish Curls

 This is a look that was very popular in the late 90s/early 2000s and I am shocked, but thrilled, that Tadashi Shoji has chosen to revive it.  This look is super easy to style and it looks stunning and effortless on any age woman. I actually had a stunning 52-year-old wife and mom of two, rock a similar look and I adored it on her. It photographed so beautifully because she had a little more body and texture to her and that moved beautifully when I put the fan into her hair. 

What makes this look is the texture. This look can be customized to his/her preference, and yes, I have a male friend that rocks this too! Weather you want more volume or you want tighter curls or you want more body, it is entirely up to the individual.

 

Perfectly Fuzzy!

 Do you remember when the thing to do was to sleep in wet braids to get those perfectly fuzzy bends in your hair? Well it is now back in style and I am thrilled! Anna Sui showcased a runway show that made my heart sing with joy because this hairstyle has texture, it is feminine, easy and effortless. That is what makes this so chic!

AND yes, fuzzy is good. In my world, fuzzy means texture and naturalness and we have seen so much of this on the runway this year. This look is no different. It is perfect for the woman that has been blessed with a lot of hair and wants a natural effortless look that will take her from day to night.  

These stunning hair trends have a very strong nod to the late 90s/early 2000s and I LOVE it. They are embracing texture, volume, and simplicity, which will make it super easy for the everyday woman to try in their day-to-day life.

March 7th, 2017

Hello beautiful! 

March has been quite a busy month for me already, and during chaotic times in our lives, it’s easy to lose perspective and get bogged down in worry. One thing that has kept me in a peaceful place is taking time to notice and be grateful for the beauty around me.  The weather in South Florida has been bright, cool, and sunny.  Walking outside, even for short periods, has kept me grounded. It may sound like a tired cliché, but taking time to “smell the roses” really is important to keeping our spiritual selves healthy. When we walk this Earth and notice the way the light touches the leaves of a tree, or the beauty in worn graffiti on a fire hydrant, we are allowing ourselves to be present, and take a brief respite from the discord of worries in our minds. The reason we as humans need to do this is not only to give ourselves moments of rest, but also to keep us humble and grateful for the majesty that is around us. When we are grateful for nature and for the world around us, it makes it easier for us to remember to be grateful for all of the blessings in our lives.

My lovely client above, Christina, has so many wonderful blessings in her life.  This photo shoot, set in such a beautiful place, was a celebration of that.  When we take the time to notice and appreciate the love that surrounds us, we can be grounded and ready for all of the challenges that life throws at us. Gratitude fortifies the bonds between us and all of the people in our lives who love us.  Gratitude strengthens us as people. True gratitude means that we not only see how those around us improve our lives, but that we also see how our own light brightens the world around us. My hope is that this year, we can all be appreciate those things and people that enrich our lives, while giving ourselves credit for how we make this world a more beautiful place.


Wishing you love and light,

Tristan


Photographing women like you since 2012. 

Book your complimentary consultation HERE!

February 21st, 2017

Hello gorgeous!

As I was photographing Natalia, the magnificent woman you see below, I was struck with how her inner beauty radiated out through her substantial physical beauty. Natalia is a woman who has managed to strike that delicate balance of taking care of her family, pursuing her artistic passions, and living a full and adventurous life. Watching Natalia celebrate herself in front of my camera lens got me thinking about what it takes to care for those closest to you while taking the time to care for yourself. How do we ensure the happiness of those we love most while we maintain our own mental health and happiness?

What I learned from talking to Natalia is that her “me time,” both for relaxation and for adventure, is of equal priority to her responsibilities to those she loves. The time she takes for herself is not a detriment to her family, but an asset. It is because she sets aside time for self-care that she is such an amazing mother and partner. Natalia’s story reminded me that we all need to love ourselves in order to love those around us. I encourage you all to see self-care as an important part of taking care of your family. Whether it is spending some quiet time reading that book you’ve been meaning to open, spending the night dancing the night away, or indulging in a portrait session that is all about you, invest time in yourself, and you and your family will see the dividends.  

If you’d like to start your self-care journey with me, book your complimentary consultation HERE!

Best regards,

Tristan
Photographing women since 2012.

Self-love is NOT a taboo in my studio. Not now, NEVER.

December 28th, 2016
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Barbara: 
A successful passionate business owner and a loving friend. A woman that will put her friends needs over anything else - even herself. 


I cannot express to you how important I think it is to love yourself. In our society we are told we are not allowed to love ourselves TOO MUCH because when we do we are considered vain, conceited and arrogant. I say most of us don’t love ourselves enough. 

All to often I hear, “I cannot have a print of myself in my own home. That would be incredibly snobbish of me”. 


The truth of the matter is this:
You only live once, and you should value and love yourself today – NOW. Furthermore, what better place to display your beauty than in your own home? Self-love should never be a taboo. Not ever and NEVER in my studio. 


This blog post was inspired by a quote of Oscar Wilde’s; “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”.

I think this quote encourages us to love ourselves because, it seems to me that, Wilde sees a more fulfilled life once we put ourselves first, value the life we are building for ourselves and cherish our individual gifts and accomplishments.

To have your portrait taken is one of the best ways to give back to yourself, don’t you agree? 

To spend the day being pampered, cared for, valued and having a team of professional stylists ensure your needs are put over anyone else’s.  Can you imagine being guided through a photo shoot that is tailored to you and your personality? What about trying to imagine coming back to my studio three weeks after this pampering and seeing a collection of eighteen portraits of the BEST images you have ever seen of yourself. Imagine them all displayed on my wall. What do they look like? 

These images are going home with you and they will be cherished by you AND you’re loved ones for a lifetime.

This is the self-love Oscar Wilde was referring to. It is time you felt it for yourself.