This is one of the select images from my shoot with Princess. I decided to give it a more vintage look and change it to a square format by extending the background.
We started really early in the morning which turned out to be one of the few really rainy days in Phoenix. Because of the rain, we pretty much took our time. I had wanted to start shooting at around 8am but by the time we were done with hair and makeup it was close to 10 am. We arrived at the location at around 10:30 and guess what? The rain suddenly stopped! We ended up getting a beautiful overcast day that provided soft diffused light. What seemed to almost be a wash, turned out to be perfect.
“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
My Second attempt at creating an image with levitation. I have to say, although the concept is very easy, I have run across the challenge of shadows. I try to keep the light even/flat but it still has been an issue. Although this image did require a little more work than planned, I am happy with the result. A million thanks to my friend, Ruth, for her awesome balancing acts and allowing me to completely dismantle her bedroom.
For her first professional shoot, Princess was amazing!
Hairstylist Renata Henderson and Makeup Artist Sophia Idowu do beautiful work!
The concept we were going with was Greek Goddess.
Hair: Renata Henderson
Makeup: Sophia Idowu
I can never repay you Lord for what you’ve done for me
How You loosed my shackles and you set me free.
How You made a way out of no way
Turned my darkness into day
You’ve been my joy in the time of sorrow
Hope for my tomorrow
Peace in the time of storm
Strength when I’m weak and worn
Self-Portrait | Lamentations 3:22-23
These lyrics are from an old favorite gospel song my little sister and I use to sing together almost all the time called “You’ve Been So Faithful” by Eddie James. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard it and it just happened to be on my mind just a few days ago. It has been a tremendous source of inspiration for me, I hope it is for you as well. You can hear the song in its entirety here. http://grooveshark.com/s/You+ve+Been+So+Faithful/1USk3R?src=5
“… And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” ~ Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
I remember the scene that this quote is from. But the quote itself did not really resonate with me until I came across it again later online. It is a wonderful reflection on how I see and approach life. It is all about the Experiences. Having the courage to be open to them, the curiosity to explore them, the strength to endure them and the wisdom to learn from them.
Photography can be a part of that experience. Through it we can see things we have never seen before, encounter new perspectives, experience emotions, share thoughts, moments and dreams. It can take us beyond the tiny space we occupy in the world. In the Universe. It’s an adventure and I love adventures; and if I cannot do it by foot or by plane, train or boat…I’ll do it with pictures.
When I met Amber I was inspired by her pixie cut and green eyes (which I later found out could also be blue) Photographing Amber was a blast! She was so engaged and comfortable. A true natural in front of the lens.
I am learning that it is OK if I don’t have something to say or something to do. I don’t always have to have something to create or something to pursue. There are times when I just need to be still and to be OK with that.
Self Portrait | Philippians 4:6-7
This is one of my absolute favorite images. It is “The” image that gave me my defining moment and helped me recognize the direction I wanted my photography to go. It spoke to my heart and my heart spoke back saying “You are that piece of me, the art that I want to create”. It was the first time my creative side and my technical side were joined harmoniously and I felt complete.
“The Eye Of The Storm” by Lisa Richelle
Wow, that sounds like a lot for one single image to do! I know, right? But it wasn’t just the image, it was the process. There were so many times when I would see a technique and told myself, I could never do that. Well, now I know I can. Creating this image moved me from what I thought was impossible to the possible.
Before: Original Image
Texture image by Moon Willow Stock
Texture Image by Texture Z
I now know what I want to do with my photography and I also know that I can. I can give life to an idea, a concept, a story however I want. But I have to stretch myself, on purpose, beyond the appearance of my limitations. I may not always know how, but I can. I may not always have the skill set or the resources readily available, but I can. I will always refer to this image to help me stay focused and it will always help to remind me that life is in the possibilities.