PortraitHER Session: Andrea // DC Headshots

It started with a mission trip to Uganda. Andrea saw a need she couldn't look past. God placed on her heart to start Rukundo International. Rukundo International was formed to provide educational opportunities, healthcare and nutrition, community-based support, and hope to orphans and other underprivileged and at-risk children and their extended families in Kabale, Uganda. Andrea, the President and Founder, has led several mission trips to Uganda and the organization is currently working to open a school for the children of Kabale.

For our PortraitHER session, Andrea came ready to represent the Rukundo brand and Uganda. From branded t-shirts to jewelry made by the women in the community, we effortlessly transitioned from various looks and sets in my Capitol Hill studio. 

I know Shala to be an amazing entrepreneur, and I’ve seen some of her incredible photography on Facebook, so I expected great shots. Although I must admit I was a little apprehensive/intimidated because does anyone really want to be in front of the camera solo? LOL
— Andrea Sedlock
I am NOT a great model. I’m not great at being natural versus posed. Shala took great care to explain different poses and make me feel comfortable in front of the camera. She made sure every detail was taken care of, from perfect backdrops, to lighting, to making sure I looked my best. I didn’t feel rushed at all, even though we made it through 4 outfit changes in one hour. She made the shoot fun and the studio was well-appointed for capturing different looks.
— Andrea Sedlock
At the end of the shoot, I felt great. I felt much more positive about myself and the photography experience. I shared with my husband that I thought Shala had captured some really great shots. Shala made the entire experience seamless. I was so surprised that the images were ready the next day! And a sneak peek came the same day. That’s almost unheard of.
— Andrea Sedlock
As a perfectionist, and my own worst critic, I was so surprised by how much I loved them! And not just one or two of them, but ALL of them! The attention to detail that Shala took during the shoot was apparent in the images. There was such a wide variety of poses, backdrops, and different looks. Shala did a fantastic job of capturing the essence of who I am, as well as my “brand.” From the candid, to the casual, to the sophisticated, I was provided with multiple options for every possible medium. This one session will give myself and my organization material for every possible need. For a one-hour session, I was extremely impressed with the amount of quality images to choose from.
— Andrea Sedlock

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