I’ve always known that I love to photograph mothers with their daughters, or women with their mothers, or girls with the moms and grand-moms. There is something so beautiful and tender and fierce about women when they are together. But my depth of feeling for these sessions and my commitment to them keeps getting deeper.
I have met two women in the last few months who had lost their mothers. The would be fighting back the tears telling me that they went looking for photos of them only to find nothing. Or a cell phone phots where they are way in the distance. It breaks my heart and I have myself broken down in tears telling people these stories of broken hearts.
This is why I believe so fiercely in being photographed now. Losing weight, being “old”, feeling puffy… these are not good excuses! Do it now. Tomorrow is not promised, and I assure you, your children will thank you for it. Maybe not today, but soon, and I also promise you that they will not look at those photos and think that you needed to lose ten pounds. I guarantee it! Call me or write to me and let’s talk about getting your generations photos done.
Every year, Chelsea, my step-daughter, comes to visit during the holidays. We always come up with some sort of way to photograph her… she loves it and we always have so much fun! Last year we were in San Francisco and took those moody photos on the rocky coastline with that big, black, tulle skirt. Remember?
Well, this year, she wanted to do a Priscilla Presley style, 60s kind of shoot. I was completely on board! We went down to see my friend Diana at Center Stage Clothiers to rent a couple of items. She has so many great pieces from every decade! If you haven’t stopped by there, you really should.
Anyway, we rented a few items, and Chelsea even bought one dress, she loved it so much.
We had quite a day! Not only getting some retro looks, but also getting a few headshots and something a little more creative with makeup and fabrics. Check it out! The first photo is before any makeup or styling.
I am jazzed and working on a creative project to keep pushing forward my creativity.
I am working on creating a series of photographs, possibly to be exhibited in a gallery, which explore the subjects’ ethnicity and culture.
This came to me when I attended a workshop a few months ago. I was inspired to look to my past for inspiration, to think of something that may surprise a viewer.
I remembered that I have all these Serbian articles of clothing and leather shoes, all authentic and imagined that I could be photographed with these items and include the things that remind me of being in Serbia as a child. Blue plumbs, cigarettes (lots of cigarettes ew), Turkish coffee, etc. I imagined a fine art, old master sort of approach to creating an evocative scene and a work of beauty including all these things.
The photo shown here in this post is from the shoot I did with a Dutch woman, the fabulous Susan Vandervlugt. No, you can’t see the final photo until they are ALL ready! I also have the wonderful Romanian Irina Negrean lined up. I am so excited!
I am looking for more people from other places. I would love to end up with 10 knockout, classic portraits.
This is America and this is what I believe we are all about. We are from everywhere, and we should celebrate that. We can come here to find a new life, the way my father did, and still cherish our cultures, our past and our traditions while being fiercely American.
Looking for people from different parts of Asia, South Asia, South America, etc. All ages and sizes are welcome! More Europeans would be welcome as well!
PLEASE NOMINATE PEOPLE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED.
Here are the details:
Age requirement: any age
Wardrobe: must have own attire and important props. I will provide anything I can.
Styling: If makeup and hair styling is needed, please be prepared to pay $125
What you get: creative consultation and design meeting, fully guided photo shoot, one 11x14 matted, archival print OR $250 print credit towards a collection of photographs.
Must be available on a weekday morning in January 2019.
Please call me if you are interested! 360-209-4174. Please leave a message! I am often with my fabulous clients and don’t always pick up <3