My dear friend Ruth Solis of Sol-Is Life Photography. I met Ruth way back in 2008 when she first started as a photographer with the original iteration of my current company, Bob Knight Photomarketing. After just a few days working together, we hit it off and have been friends ever since. When she first introduced me to the idea of Photo Shoot Therapy, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to see where she was going to take this. Everyone needs an outlet of some kind and this seems like a creative way for many people. With that said, take it away Ruth!

How did you become a photographer?

I first decided to pick up a camera after I moved to Miami, FL in 2004. In my early years of photography, my focus was head shoots, weddings, and event photography. In 2007, I began to explore a therapeutic form of photography and called it “photo shoot therapy.” Today, I offer my services throughout California and Florida and am available to travel.

What is Photo Shoot Therapy?

The use of a live photography session (a photo shoot) to express the cycle of one’s emotions experienced in the past, or being experienced in the present, the resultant goal of which is the emergence of the Super Self.

How did Photo Shoot therapy begin?

In my late 20’s, I found myself experiencing deep emotion. I needed an outlet and wanted the opportunity to express myself in a free and safe environment. Picking up my camera, I shared with a close friend an idea I had: I would capture and then release my feelings through something I referred to as a “photo shoot therapy session” and my friend agreed to help. From behind the lens as observer and photographer, I carefully instructed my emotional surrogate and model on how to pose and move, with each frame representing my deepest emotions. The process was freeing and I was able to find the closure I needed.

What is the Super Self?

The Super Self refers to that inner persona considered to be one’s “ultimate” self, as defined by the individual. For example: happy, proud, accomplished, sexy, a survivor, unbreakable, strong, loving—or any combination of these or other attributes.

The Purpose?

The aim is to use photo shoot therapy, itself a unique angle of photography, as a conduit to promote self-healing, self-awareness, relief, and empowerment of the Super Self.  It is our hope that this unique experience enables individuals to connect positively with their feelings, memories, and deep-rooted emotions.  Our ultimate goal is that clients discover and express their Super Self, as they define it to be.

Who is this for?

Photo shoot therapy is for anyone seeking a creative therapeutic tool that can also be used alongside with traditional therapy methods or as an independent form of self-help.

How to contact:

Ruth Solis

www.solislifephotography.com

Instagram: photoshoottherapy

Email: solislifephotography@gmail.com

YouTube: solislifephotography

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William Campbell
I am consummate workaholic in need of a hobby (hence this site). I am recently married to an amazing man named Andrew who you will see pop up throughout the site and we live in a beautiful townhome that we purchased a couple of years ago in the Baldwin Park area of Orlando, right near downtown which is where we spend most of our time. I have an awesome family and many equally awesome friends who you will also see pop up periodically. I attended UCF where I studied Advertising and Public Relations. On the daily, I am a Territory Director for a Tallahassee and Atlanta based digital media solutions company that specializes in graduation and endurance sports photography. If you have graduated from high school or college in the U.S. or run a major marathon throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico and the U.S., chances are we’ve taken your photos. My job allows me the luxury, and sometimes burden, of traveling all over. The downfall to that is “all over” sometimes includes random places in the square states in the middle of the U.S. When I am not on the road for work, I work from home and need noise in the background so I also watch A LOT of TV. There isn’t much on Bravo that doesn’t cross my screen so I am here to admit that I am, in fact, a Real Housewives fanatic…there isn’t a city I don’t watch (except the brief Athens one and Bangkok because they’re not subtitled in English but if they were, watch out). I love pop culture, reality television and all the mainstream shows as well.

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