Okay, so I never know where to start after long absences from people and places. There is just too much to catch up on, so I guess I’ll do things the way I do and just pick up right where I left off. Which was also somewhere in the middle of things…
First, I am blogging again because I remembered last week that blogging is one of the very real ways I stay sane with a baby in the house. There is something about carving out some time to create something for myself and connect with the world in my way that helps me be okay when a finished to-do list is unattainable. I am just happier when I feel like I can tell a bit of my story to somebody instead of feeling like my whole life is locked up.
Second, I am blogging again because I have photos and photos and photos to share and I miss showing you what is happening in my world. Plus, I actually feel like showing my work is probably a very good idea at this point, since I would actually like to begin earning money again with my business. I’m pretty good at what I do.
Finally, I am blogging again because I had an epiphany a little over a week ago, a wonderful, beautiful, life-giving epiphany about what sets me and my work apart from every-other-body who picks up a camera and goes to work with it. I was staring at my Anthropologie catalog over breakfast and website reconstruction, dreaming about living the story on the pages of the catalog, and I realized that *this* is what I have been chasing, this place I began, the stories I wanted to tell with my words and with my camera. I got so busy trying to keep up with a business model and with marketing and with the rush of being a professional that I let this most important part of me go.
i carry you with me into the world, into the smell of rain,
and the words that dance between people
and for me, it will always be this way, walking in the light,
remembering being alive together.
[ story people ]
Story is the reason I started. It is the reason I love people-watching, and writing, and traveling, and weddings. It is the reason I have wanted to shoot for catalogs and lookbooks, even though I haven’t wanted to take on that much responsibility. Story is the reason I love the blur and the motion and the poignant ache and the laughter ever so much more than directed poses and predictable industry imagery (I hate taking the same picture twice, did you know?). I have always wanted to tell real stories of real people living real life. I have always wanted to make you feel like you could live the story too.
I feel like I’m waking up from a bad dream about myself trying to be someone I’m not, and it feels amazing to be inhabiting my own dream again. So. I’m blogging. Because, I guess, story.
The image above is a preview from a really beautiful shoot I did with one of the realest people I met this year. It is an experience I treasure, meeting her, being honored to get a chance to photograph her. I hope to see the shoot published soon so I can show you some of my favoritest pictures ever!
Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer
Set and Fashion Styling: Lindsey Shanks, A Charleston Bride
Location: Private Residence
Florals: Jillian Manger, Mimi Nicole Events
Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha
Makeup: Pamela Lesch
Silk Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Model: K. H. S.