Portraits with the Summery Weather on the Isle of Wight
Why I photograph women
“Gone fishing,” said the note.
A stolen moment of silence. Quiet calmness. Time to tidy the flat and catch up on life. A much-needed haircut.
Or a sneaky photo shoot, arranged in just 3 hours.
Everything was perfect. Summery, buttery Isle of Wight weather. Elegant styling using my favourite jewel-toned colours. And a new friend to laugh with.
Misha’s that kind of girl that laughs happily and giggles often and makes a habit of talking about her horse as often as she can. Misha has a delicate sort of grace that I strive to capture in each of my portraits taken in Appley Park, her Sophia Loren-esque ability to be at once charmingly modern and undoubtedly feminine without losing a sense of who she is.
I had no idea that Misha had been wanting to work with me for some time … waiting for ‘the right moment’. It’s a refrain I hear frequently – when I lose a bit of weight, when I get my hair coloured, when work calms down when the summer arrives when I know what I want, when I feel more confident.
It’s these lies that hold us back.
Life isn’t perfect.
There’ll never be a right time.
Meeting Misha with no planning was perfect – there was no time to worry or fret. Even I get nervous before a shoot, planning every little detail.
Magic happens when you trust each other to play, explore and have fun. I can see Misha smiling, laughing and twirling on the pathway. The summer’s first caress shines through her hair. I know no other way – but to guide, support, nudge and even sing to massage those nerves and turn them into giggles and smiles.
There will always be a small voice in my head which encourages me to tell a joke, sing a little ditty and ask frank questions to find out makes you tick. To create the seemingly-unobtainable-magazine-inspired beauty that we admire in the modern woman who has been raised to be true to themselves.
Beauty with strength.
I hope these photographs show Misha all that I see – you’re beautiful, yes. But your story is about being free of the shackles of life’s experiences. You are strong. You work hard. You focus on the things you love: your horse, mucking out the stables twice a day, working through the night and rushing to get ready to meet a stranger.
Believe your boyfriend when he tells you how proud he is of you – he’s right.
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