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andrea fine
Andrea Fine Portrait

Andrea Fine Portrait, Andrea Fine

Title / Role: Owner
Location: Arroyo Grande, California
Formed in: 2023
My successes.

Andrea Fine, owner of Andrea Fine Portrait, started photographing while on a trip to Europe. Fascinated with light and color, she photographed mostly scenes and graphic settings, rather than the people shots she came to love the most. After years as a jewelry designer and goldsmith, it was evident that the solitary pursuit of jewelry design was not what she longed for but rather, human interaction. She found it with her work photographing women over the age of 50. Her studio setting allows a client the freedom to be herself. Andrea's offer: 50 over 50 includes essential hair and makeup, as well as wardrobe guidance, posing, and gorgeous packages and products.

At this time in a woman's life (50+), there have been massive changes in her personal life as well as professional responsibilities. She discovered that she is generally the woman behind the lens, and rarely sees images of herself, let alone beautiful ones that represent how she sees herself. Andrea wanted to celebrate the amazing women in our community, to tell their stories through portraits that capture their strength, humor, and passion for life. Women who have been photographed by Andrea remark how great it made them feel to see themselves in a new way through beautiful, expressive portraiture.

Her first Exhibition in March 2023 displayed 50 enlarged portraits of the first 50 women whom she photographed the previous year. Accompanying each portrait was a bio of each woman, her profession, her challenges, and her age. The response was terrific. Andrea plans to present her next group of women's portraits in 2024.

Andrea received guidance from SCORE which set her on the right path in terms of creating a business plan and navigating the ins and outs of Facebook, emails, and nurturing clients.

"The thrill of seeing one's business grow dramatically is a remarkable, nearly unbelievable feeling. I'll be turning 75 next month and hope to continue to do this until I can't lift my 8 lb. camera anymore:'

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