Catherine was my “part time model” yesterday. I’ve wanted to take some “edgy” photos in one of my favorite abandoned buildings for a couple of years now – and today was the day!! I wanted to explore the light and the contrast of a person dressed up against the decay of the building. She wanted to find a use for her vintage nightgown and do a shoot that was a little more raw than usual. Together I think we captured a few good moments.
At one point I told her that she was very comfortable and natural in front of the camera. She replied – “That’s because you make me look good. This is so good for my self esteem.”
YES!!!! I was so glad to hear that because that’s exactly it!!! As when I started my Portrait Project – my goal is to reflect each person’s beauty back to them. We all have value!! We all deserve some paparazzi. I’m totally against the mainstream media’s definition of beauty – it’s shallow and short lived. Real beauty comes from the essence of a person – the revelation of pain, strength, hope and love in their eyes and wrinkles and imperfections. My desire is to use photography as a tool to empower people to see themselves in a new light so they can embrace and accept exactly who they are right now.
shot in monochrome