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The Experience is AMAZING

February 19th, 2019

Each new month feels like a fresh start—a chance for new things that are even better than last month’s things. And on that note, I can pretty much guarantee, no single choice will do more for your well being this year than spending the time to experience what it is like to be a model for the day! I provide in-person, and online consultations! Check out all I’ve got on offer this month at www.TrisAnderson.com

Are you ready to chat more? I am!

What makes me different?

February 17th, 2019

I’m certainly not the only boutique photographer out there, but I like to think I do things differently than any other you’ll find. My practice of working one-on-one with clients to create custom sessions to fit their specific needs is just one major way I’m unlike so many of those who say they do what I do.

I’m also such an avid scheduler, my tooth brushing makes it onto my daily to-do list!

Sound interesting? Let’s connect!

What inspires you to pursue what you love?

February 3rd, 2019


I’m so lucky I get to make my living doing what I love. And I ought to say the inspiration to keep pushing comes from my tight circle of coffee shop besties, each of whom have lived such a full exciting life that I cant help but want to lead a life that is as thrilling. I want to rise to the challenges they offer, by just their own excitement for life. What about you, friend? What inspires you?
      

Who are you living for?

January 20th, 2019

Hand to heaven, today I noticed I haven’t put on an actual non-pajama, non-sweatpants outfit since last Thursday!
What can I say? I love what I do. And at the end of the day, I work hard because I want to have the kind of life where I’m the one making the rules, and dress codes.

What (or who) are you out there living for? 

My Birthday Plans May Put My Business On the Back Burner!

January 6th, 2019
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I’ve certainly got the heart of a hustler, but beginning today I’ll be tearing myself away from the nonstop flow of emails and retouching.

You see, January 13th is my birthday and I will be celebrating from January 10th through the 14th starting with a night at the Ocean House.

I will most certainly post about my adventures (and remain available to you via email) and when I return, on January 15th, I’ll have missed you so much, I’d bet I stay locked in the studio for 48 hours straight.

Do you have plans to relax and check out? I’d love to hear about them so we can swap stories when I return.

New Year Goals; Made to be Broken?

December 30th, 2018
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Just curious: Where does everyone stand on the subject of New Year’s resolutions? Are you A: pretty lofty B: optimistically realistic C: just as likely to set your goals into motion on the 18th of June, because rules are made to be broken?

I’ll speak for myself and say I was a B most all my life but now, A all the way. My reason? When I started this business I was used to modifying my expectations in a way I eventually realized was primarily motivated by fear—now I know, the loftier I get, the more I get done!

 Now you! Are you A, B, or C?

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