I hate being late. And for my last studio session with Miss Deadly Red I was horrendously late. So this time I made sure I was right on time. With a heavy bag and busy mind bursting with ideas, I walked in the sunshine towards my first photoshoot of Easter.
Mark, the owner of Studio 2 is always unfazed by my frantic efforts, a single hour to photograph a professional model can fly if you’re not careful.
As soon as I met Rachelle Summers, mug in hand and a broad smile on her face, I knew my day was off to a good start.
I plopped my bag on the floor watching clothes spill out haphazardly. “So, what are we shooting today?” asks Mark as I fuss with choosing soft boxes and modifiers. To make matters worse, I’m caught between the fear that I’ll not be able to use my beautiful gold dress that I’ve been saving for that special someone and wanting to recreate some fine art portraits that I find so inspirational.
But Rachelle and Mark seemed quietly confident I’d be able to achieve my goals. And for that I’m thankful.
Working in Studio 2 always fills me with conviction. It’s small and cozy, just up from the hovercraft and a five minute drive from town. Each visit reveals more new goodies to play with and a monthly social brings the creative community together.
My mind was elsewhere as I discussed the shoot plan with Rachelle, lost in a self-imposed cycle of self-doubt. Then I picked up the camera, Rachelle gazed confidently towards the lens and l gasped looking straight through the viewfinder. The magic was starting to happen.
With intense joy, the shoot flew by and I’m even more in love with the
gold dress (thanks to the superb modelling by Rachelle). I’m really hoping she’ll
visit us again sometime.
If there’s one thing we can take away from today’s session – it’s that we’re all doing our best. Made it to work on time, yeah. Finally got that appointment with the dentist, thank goodness. Avoided a fine at the library or that parking ticket, yesss!
Time and time again, when you’re at your lowest it just needs one step in the right direction to restart your day, your shoot plan and even your blog.
A recent post on IG reminded me that ‘we’re not in competition with each other, so help each other to reach the finish line’. Life is a better, happier and more joyful place if we remember to uplift each other and cross that finish line together. If you’re feeling down and out on your luck, remember to reach out to someone you love and take their hand, it’ll make reaching your goals that little bit easier.
You are much more than your insecurities and you deserve to treat yourself with kindness. Get in touch if this resonates with you, I’d love to work with you.
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