I always love it when I get to do a photo shoot where the goal is not so much about taking someone’s portrait, but more about creating art. On March 9th, I had that privilege. And I loved it symbolically because it was exactly one year to the day that I put corporate America (and a job I was miserable at) behind me, and leaped in faith into my dream of making photography my full time profession. It also happened to be the day that my beautiful client / friend was celebrating her birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Carrie! What a celebration!
I was honored because she hired me in particular because she knows my work, and the passion I have for truly connecting with my subjects. She knows I always want to capture more than just a nice face. It’s the heart and soul of a person that drives me as a photographer. She wanted photos that would tell her story. I was honored and challenged! As we spent time together all day, there were moments of serious collaboration, of laughing (and deleting some of our “less successful” experiments), and even some of intense emotion as the cares of this world occasionally surfaced in our conversation.But to begin, we met at a chilly 7:00 am parking lot about a quarter of a mile’s walk from a smooth grassy hill where we (ok, ok, where “she”) danced and leaped in the morning sun atop that hill, showing off her amazing, “47-and-proud-of-it”, FIT (beyond belief), graceful athleticism. She was amazing. It was like watching living poetry as she leapt and danced across that hill effortlessly (impressively, while barely getting winded!) Way to look 47 in the face with defiant joy, Birthday Girl!!! 🙂 And also: As I watched her, I I felt a sense of symbolism in my own heart — leaping in faith to commemerate the one-year anniversary of my new life! The rest of the day was spent in my home studio where we basically just played… and ate… and later in the day toasted with a glass of wine and did our best to create all sorts of looks from fitness to fashion to elegant to ethereal to gritty and intense. All the looks she felt would tell her story. It was a long, hard day’s work, but it’s the kind of hard work that makes you love the art of photography and the privilege of getting to do it for a living!