When Travis Hallmark and I came together to plan this shoot, we knew we wanted to bring together his expertise (culinary photography) and mine (fashion photography). We knew we wanted to use a studio and a couple different background colors. We wanted the shoot to have purpose and we wanted to tell a story. As we started developing a color scheme, we picked food/ props with a similar aesthetic and went for a monochromatic feel. The symbolism behind the three backdrops and the props kind of developed as we began to talk about life, what is important to us, and what the props could represent. Please bare with me as I try to explain the vision behind this shoot as I'm definitely not a writer- if you get lost along the way, just skip to the photos!
The Green Backdrop with the olives + branches represented peace. When someone extends an olive branch, it is a sign that they are willing to meet, willing to pursue understanding, willing to listen.
The Brown Backdrop with bread represented breaking bread and having a meal with someone. There is something so vulnerable about sitting across the table with someone and saying "I'm willing to listen to you side" or "I'm willing to share my side". Vulnerability and trust are such valuable components in relationships. When we come together in a peaceful, understanding way it provides an opportunity to hear out people's stories and points of view. It opens the avenue for love and understanding.
The White Backdrop with the white clothing represents the purity of people coming together as themselves. When you show up to the table without feeling like you have to pretend to be someone or try to impress people, the quality of the relationship is so much deeper.
To be known is to be loved. As humans, we want to feel heard + understood. In simply listening to someone else's story, we are opening up an avenue for understanding and for growth. Everything about opening yourself up to other is hard and doing it provides the opportunity to be hurt, but ultimately, life is about community and being connected. Find people you trust and dive in - I absolutely believe it is worth it.
As a photographer, it becomes increasingly easy for me to find worth in my job. Clients are constantly saying yes or no to working with me and deciding if it is worth the money to pay for my photography. It's easy to believe that because one or two or ten clients decide to go another direction, that your work isn't worthy and in turn, you aren't worthy. I am realizing more and more how much I need to create just for the sake of creating - not for a client, but because I love what I do. It is my resolution this year to work on more personal projects in order to continue to build a body of work that I am proud of. I want to consistently remind myself that I am fortunate to get to do what I love for a living, but that my occupation does not define what I am worth.
The images below are from a simple shoot I did with my friend Ashley. We wandered around downtown Austin and, if I'm being honest, it took a while to figure out what I wanted to shoot and what I wanted the photos to look like. I love how the shoot turned into photos that represent movement and elegance. Ashley did such a wonderful job in executing the very vague requests I had in regards to posing.
I am so thankful for time to create with out trying to prove something - to be a able to use this gift I have been given in a way that is simple + organic.