Location: St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church
Make up by : Beso
One thing I’ve been doing more of this year since Clara’s shoot is photographing people I love.
Shooting personal projects is the best way I know to keep the life in my wedding work, to keep me sensitive to what is meaningful my clients.
This is my cousin, Elizabeth and her daughter Adelynn Belle. The 10th picture is Adelynn talking to dad, facetimed in from overseas where he is currently serving until summer of next year.
Meet my incredibly talented friend, German. These portraits happened spontaneously when, after much begging, he consented to take an updated bio pic for me.
I wanted to be photographed in my natural environment- my home. Specifically, my favorite chair, where were you to come visit me, I would be sitting all folded-up with a cup of coffee. Actually, saying that I ‘wanted’ to be photographed at all is a lie. I am less than fond of having my own picture taken, but if there is one thing that makes it sufferable, it is having the perfect photographer. What I hoped would be mildly sufferable was actually a wonderful experience.
Probably what initially scares me the most about trusting a photographer to direct me is being pushed to act like something I am not. Even the color red has earned a mention on my list of disdains, because I feel like it pushes into my personal space bubble yelling, “GET EXCITED!” Being told what to do is one thing, being told how to act is another. Kaylynn does not get excited, jump, spin, or smile on command. She also doesn’t frolic through fields in dress clothes.
That’s why I chose, stalked, and bothered G until he agreed to photograph me. His presence is genuine, calm, and soft-spoken. Nothing like the color red and everything like yoga or meditation.
German also prefers to stay on his usual side of the lens. His reasons are probably deeper and more soulful than mine, however he did set them aside to let me capture a few frames.
“It’s good and very beneficial when photographers get together to chat/exchange thoughts and opinions… I think I speak for most photographers when I say we hate getting a photo taken of us, so when she asked me to do so, I had to step up.” -G
In other news, I’ve decided to move back to uptown, closer to my friends and all things green and quiet. This shoot will have to serve as a warm little farewell to my french-quarter-living days.
Happy sunday, all.