Today’s post is all about fun – playing in Studio 2 with a new model. There are so many ways to capture a portrait today and a recent popular movement in the ‘painterly’ approach. Now, these photos make my heart sing because I’ve been moving towards creating a new body of work for a quite some time.
Is it something Megan will like? Probably not. Which is why I’m grateful for her generous spirit.
Growing up on the Isle of Wight is a tricky learning process. Worrying about whether we are wearing the right clothes, overhearing a cutting comment dropped casually into the conversation, dwelling on minor mistakes that seems to haunt our day. Life can seem prone to embarrassments and I was certainly an insecure, clumsy and self-conscious teenager.
I think it’s something every young woman feels as they start to discover who they are and make conscious decisions about who they want to be. Finding our own voice, whether through photography, styling our wardrobe or creating makeup tutorials for YouTube is something we all remember. Right now I’m enjoying Jane Fonda workouts because they take me right back to a point in time. One to when I was trying too hard to be thin and attractive. The first tentative steps we take to find our own voice is exhilarating (and devastatingly confusing).
Trying new things, like becoming a model for the day, takes a leap of faith. Social media, where your self-styled image is emblazoned on the internet for, well, forever, is something I never had to navigate. Megan inspires me because she is able to overcome her natural fears and follow her curiosity about model photography. Megan is incredible in so many ways: refusing to be held back by self-doubt and supported by a loving mother, who was invaluable during our shoot, Megan finished our shoot triumphantly.
I find great hope when working with new models like Megan because her generation are speaking out, they are happy to challenge old stereotypes and with her family’s support, there is no telling what Megan might try next. The world is truly her oyster.
I hope these photographs explain why I love to photograph teenagers. If you have any questions, just ask!
Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight