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Headshots for Denver Reiki Master and Shaman Chanda Swanson


Meet Chandra, a Denver Reiki master, shaman and intuitive energy healer who also happens to be an aesthetician. She jokes that she can give you a Brazilian wax and psychic reading at the same time. (She actually can.)

Our mutual friend Helen introduced us because Chanda is creating a new website and not only needed new copy (writing is yet another part of my business), but also photographs: headshots and details of her business, which is called Breathe by Chanda.

Chanda and I have several things in common, the strongest of which is a deep fear of "being seen." For her, that includes not being fond of being in front of a camera. Whenever a client gives me that history, I'm especially challenged to show her just how much the camera loves her.

We met at her office and the Wyandott Beauty and Wellness Collective, which is located in LoHi in a cool, converted Victorian house just west of I-25 and Speer Boulevard. It's an amazing space in terms of both energy and light. (In fact, I may just be able to hire the space for YOUR headshots, too).

I enjoy creating people's headshots in a place where they feel comfortable. And since Chandra specifically wanted some photos of her praying at her altar, it was important for us to do her session here.

At first, she was so nervous that she was shaking a little. So I asked her what would make her feel more comfortable. Her answer: Music. She cranked the tunes and relaxed immediately. With my daughter, Lauren, as my assistant, together we created these beautiful, personality-driven business portraits for Chandra. I can't wait to see how she incorporates them into her new website!

Learn more about Chandra here.

Breathe by Chandra