I shoot my photos during the day in almost every instance for this project. I have some pretty strong reasons for why I'm taking this approach and not all are for public consumption. I'm good with it being between me and God. One reason though, is about my process. Days are for shooting, while nights are where I can give myself the time to edit and then spend my evening reading and listening. Sometimes, I'm listening in complete silence. Others, I'm listening to a friend as he speaks to me. More importantly, my evenings are for reflection and for trying to keep my mind in tune with the only voice that I really need to listen to.
It's easy for me to get distracted. I, like so many people I know can get too caught up listening to outside voices and influences. I'm great at writing words, but the part of me I'm really trying to change is the one that changes the words to actions. When I sit down to start my evening reading and writing, I'm firmly planted in my bed, pajamas on and vinyl spinning on the record player. This is a completely new approach for me. 6 months or a year ago, if I were experiencing this same season in my life, I'd have found myself seeking alternate options in my evenings.
To put it bluntly, this project is helping ME to make some major changes in my life and each post, in the method and process, is also helping to establish a new form of boundaries that I'm setting for myself so that these changes are planted, watered and grown strong with roots that don't easily break when the winds shift direction. 34 years and I'm still learning every single day how to make better choices and go beyond just words. The method behind the process is teaching me to see the importance of my words becoming actions and for that, I'm grateful. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 32.
I shot these photos of my friend Jake, as he asked Elise to homecoming. This was fun and cute and everything that Jake hoped it would be. The genuine surprise that Elise had, as we were able to pull this off was pretty awesome. My method was similar to how I shoot first looks at weddings. After shooting a few photos of Elise and Jake together, I shot a few of Jake on his own. After that, I asked Elise to stand in, while Jake went back to my car and grabbed the signs he made for this moment. I had to keep Elise focused in the other direction, so I shot photos of her, facing the sun, and asked her to close her eyes a few times so that Jake could sneak back into the picture. As he approached, I told her she could stand up and as she turned around, he held the sign up. Her reaction was priceless.