Why do I love this portrait of Misia Smith of Soothe Therapies? Misia has amazing eyes, they are warm and alive. She works with skincare and has lovely skin, so I wanted to let her skin shine through, ensuring my studio lighting choice would reveal the natural health of her skin. Misia is a very warm and friendly person, and I wanted to reflect her inner warmth with the backdrop choice, styling choice - making use of clothing and colours she had with her. I really love the warm caramel and hints of gold in this portrait - for me this shows Misia to the world as a warm, caring and precious therapist. Making portraiture is so much more than taking a photo. For me, it is painting with light.