You may have noticed the strange name that I used in the title of this post – Toad. He is my kid brother (I used to call him my little brother but he’s now 6’1″, dwarfing the rest of the family). His God-given name is Aaron, but for almost his entire life Toad is all I have ever called him. Aaron got this nickname when he was a tiny baby; christened “toad” by our dad because of the way he used to bounce around. Anyhow, more to the point, Toad and Kamryn have been together for about three years. In those three years, I have seen a wonderful relationship blossom out of these two young people. And it took almost no time for us to count Kamryn as part of our family. They are a handsome couple, very in love and easy to photograph. *note the hilarious little dog – Bella. She is goofy and absolutely ridiculous!
I had the opportunity to work with this French beauty, Lana, from Major Models. She needed some new images and I was happy to oblige.
Sometimes you just need to go outside with your husband and take pictures of the snow. So I did, two weeks ago.
I LOVED THIS SHOOT! Absolutely, head over heels in love, so much so that I over-indulged on the number of pictures. I couldn’t decide which ones were my favorite. Please just bear with me while I gush. The weather was ideal – it was snowy. It doesn’t sound perfect but snow pictures are some of my favorite! Our poor model though. I asked Kaitlyn, this 5’11″ size 2 young lady, to stand in 8°F weather, with wind and snow, while I composed each shot. She never complained or whined or asked to stop. I gave her the option of not finishing because she was visibly tortured by the cold, but she never quit. If you are reading this, then go ahead and give Kaitlyn a round of applause. She deserves it. The dress and accessories were so much more than I expected. They were unique and elegant and beautiful. And can we just talk for a second about her braided crown of hair? Hello gorgeous! Ok ok ok, enough reading and more looking!
Gown and Accessories : BHLDN (www.bhldn.com)
Shoes : Something Bleu for BHLDN (www.bhldn.com)
Hair Stylist : Eve Whittington (www.evewhittington.com)
Makeup Artist : Ellen Bodkins (www.facethedayny.com)
Flowers : Floreal (www.florealnyc.com)
Model : Kaitlyn from Major Model (www.majormodel.com)
Self-nurture is essential, no matter what is it that you do. And sometimes I find myself in periods of waiting. What it is I’m waiting for I’m never sure, but when I work creatively, I feel the waiting vanish. I feed my artistic drive and my need to create images and I feel satisfied. I get joy from the mystery of not being able to see the final product (until of course I bring them into Lightroom and Photoshop and work my magic). That’s what this set of images is all about for me – taking care of my need to create imagery in the way that I know how.
I got up with Vivien from Major Models and my friend Tommy who did her hair and makeup, and we had a little impromptu shoot together. I had no preconceived notions for this shoot – I just wanted to walk around and see what we could make happen. Vivien brought her own outfits and shoes and they were so great! I mean come on … a fur coat and a baggy sweater and all leather?! Awesome. We wandered around Central Park and around my neighborhood and came out with some pretty great stuff. I loved the freedom of just shooting for fun and working with other creative minds. We had a blast! (and did I mention and the temperature didn’t get above 20 degrees that day? Vivien was such a trooper – she was about frozen the whole time and didn’t complain even once)