I was delighted when Dwan messaged me and told me that she would like to have some portraits of herself. At first, I assumed she wanted head shots. But she didn’t. So I got really excited and thought she meant Boudoir. Nope, not that either. What she wanted was awesome- just some really nice, fun, portraits of herself to give herself a little boost. Well, hell ya.
The feeling that people get when they have Boudoir photos is a little boost of self confidence. I wanted to do the exact same for Dawn – except with everyday clothes!
So, we set up out with a loose plan. Dwan went to see April Pink (the St. John’s makeup artist who works with me on some of my boudoir shoots) and then met Richelle (my assistant who has the glamorous job of standing in ridiculous places to supervise the light stands) at our first location with a bag of random clothes and her hockey gear. I told Richelle that this session a planned, unplanned shoot. We literally took these portraits all over St. John’s, wherever whatever came out of the bag inspired us to go! I have to say, I love all of my sessions -but knowing I had as long as I wanted to do whatever I wanted was really very fun.
Dwan has only seen one image from the shoot – it’s my favourite from the hockey set! It’s not here though – it’s on my Instagram from a few days ago. But I can not wait for her to open her Facebook this morning and realize that these are here! So happy ‘overly enthusiastic sneak peek day’ Dwan!
Not one single person on my Facebook loves hockey as much as she does. Her dogs are even named after players. When I told Jamie where I was going and what I was going to do, I said “I haven’t seen her in years, but I know she is obsessed with the Penguins and her dogs name is Sid.”
So funny story. While I was waiting for April to be done Dawn’s makeup, I met Richelle at Starbucks for coffee to take with us. While I was being served, the two friendly fellows behind the counter struck up a conversation. It went a little something like this:
Me: How you today?
Fellow 1: Great! You?
Fellow 2: I get off soon
Me: Oh, I am just now going to work
Fellow 1: Oh, you must work night shift. What do you do?
Me: Oh, I am a photographer
Fellow 1: Well that’s awesome
Fellow 2: It’s almost dark
Me: Oh yes, we are doing some night shots
Fellow 2: Well now, I don’t mean to tell you how to do your job or anything. But that doesn’t sound like a good idea. How will you see for your photos to come out? It will be too dark.
So. I rummaged around my phone (there was no one behind me I swear!) and found a photo from my website that was taken in the dark. It’s one I am pretty proud of. And I showed him.
Fellow 1: Bahahahahha. She showed you!
Fellow 2: Well, now I feel like a douche. You must have a better camera than my iPhone.
So friend at Starbucks… here is how I saw things!
Dwan, thank you for choosing me to go on this adventure with you. I hope you enjoy these portraits as much as I absolutely loved making them for you!