I had not planned to work on my family vacation to Quebec this past June, but the universe thought differently. So I asked my family if they could give me a day to shoot while on vacation. The second day of my vacation I spent with Amy, an aspiring model and this was her first shoot to get her started down her path. If you don’t know this about me, I rarely photograph models unless I am at a workshop. I love photographing the woman who never gets in front of the camera, for whatever reason; too old, too fat, I have to loose weight first (If I called you a year later would you have lost that weight?), too thin, “I’m not photogenic” girls, etc. That’s why I’m here, to show you are, in this moment, in this time, at this age, at this size, you are a beautiful person and you are loved and those loved ones what to see you exist in photos; Heck! I love looking back on photos of me when I was young and seeing who I have become, and my family does too.
Inspiration. While sitting at the patio table with my mom I noticed the tablecloth from the 70’s. It reminded me of when I was young and having picnics at the park. The tablecloth was warm toned, muted fruit and as my mind wondered I thought to myself I want to make a photograph of this…put it on the body. Then another thought, I remembered seeing the plastic fruit on the table…WOW! I’m going to put that on her head, but how? My mom walked into the living area, took the lampshade off the lamp and started to pin the fruit to the lampshade. MOM! You are amazing! Using the wall of the home and the beautiful sunlight coming through the old, large french windows I started to shoot. I remembered seeing lace draped over the dresser in our my room, so I grabbed that for our next wardrobe change.
Living in the moment, taking a thought and making it happen. Thank you family for putting up with me and my passion and supporting me. Thank you Mom for seeing my vision and helping me make it come to life. Amy, I wish you the best in your journey into modeling.