As deeply as the words people use to cut us down can go, there is a healing when we come to a place where we believe and feel words like the ones above. It may be hard to see at this moment, but you can overcome the hurt you have experienced or are currently going through.
Whoever said sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me clearly has never been bullied or picked on. Words hurt and the open wounds they cause leave scars when healed.
I finally did it. I shot a client session with film. It may not seem like much of a big deal, but for me it was a great boost of encouragement in embracing the style of images I want to make.
I have been wanting to do a ballerina portrait session with my daughter for quite a while. I also had a chance this week to work on some natural light techniques and I thought the natural light would be a perfect fit.
There is a common plight among women. We aren't happy with our hair. If it's curly, we wish it were straight. If it's straight, we wish it were curly. Erin recently was brave enough to unleash her natural locks. It's not something she shows people. When I was designing her glamor portrait session I knew it had to be with her natural hair.
So sometimes I fight to create what's in my head. This session was one of those times. I struggled with my fear of shooting film on a new camera with no digital "backups" to fall on should I fail completely. I struggled with the insecurities of asking to high school student to play dress up with me and hang out in the freezing snow on New Year's Day and whether or not they thought I was a bit nutty. struggled with how my styling for this session might turn out. I finally wanted to get the images out of my head and made the call to the girls' mom. It was a lot to struggle through, but it was was so worth it. I faced my doubts and created something I'm excited about. I'm looking forward to many more rolls of film in my future.