Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve written in this wonderful little blog that I have. It’s not that I haven’t had much to say, because I have. It’s the fact that I literally have been so busy I’ve had to find time to have a solid shoot.
In a perfect world, I’d be shooting every single day, editing every single day, and writing about what I’ve learned. I’ve started a new job, which I am so so SO thankful for. Going to work is something I look forward to these days, and although I am not utilizing my photographic abilities on a daily basis….my work is fulfilling to myself and to others as well (I hope).
Anyways, I was given the opportunity to visit with one of my fellow photog friends, Leda the other night at a pre- Fourth of July party. We got to talking about where we were in life and what we had been doing photographically. She informed me that she was housesitting at a spot that had amazing light, and was surrounded by a garden of sorts. Leda expressed that she would even model for me as this was something she had done before but not very often. We made plans for the weekend and we continued our celebratory evening.
I didn’t think much of the shoot because I was simply thankful for the opportunity to work with another photographer I hadn’t previously shot with, and was excited for shoot day.
It was sweltering, soon to be evening time and I was running late. I packed my things in the car and drove over; and…WOW.
I wish I could put into words how lovely this place was but I cannot, so I will show you some pictures instead.
Everywhere was natural light peeking through the archways of the patio and the trellis’. Suddenly, the heat of the day was forgotten and I got to work. Leda warmly greeted me into the space and let me set up the one light I had brought with me. We spoke about school and photography life pre and post education, about other photographers’ work we have seen and who we had found inspiring as of late.
When I wrapped up and I took in my last few moments in the beauty of this space within the flowers, the brickwork and the bees; we went inside to cool off with some water. We continued talking about our thoughts on photography (Leda is quite an accomplished Camera Obscura maker) and the rest of our summer plans. I hope to photograph with her again.
I had such a wonderful comfort return to my life that I want to share while looking at these pictures. When I am let into a space that I am about to photograph, I am treated like the guest of honor at a great event that has been scheduled just for me. It’s like the stars align and anything and everything is possible. Hopefully, my enjoyment/luck/appreciation for these moments can be seen through these photographs. With the way the world has been lately; full of hate, violence and pain…as an artist I want to show others that there are still some good, beautiful places and people in this world.
Till next time and best always, Readers.