So I promised sub-par/mediocre writing...
Sunsets are have always been fascinating to me. Not really the sunset itself, rather the properties of the light. Technically Rayleigh Scattering (the scattering of shorter wavelengths in the atmosphere leaving only longer wavelengths of visible light. There is a bananas equation..but I like to think the world is run by magic...so...back to this horribly mediocre blog) is to blame for this look, but it still magical....So I looked at a sunset and I thought about the most fascinating thing in the world...the 70's...so here we are.
B: "Hey thanks for the ride from the airport"
B: "So let's do a shoot?"
B: "Art Museum? or the loop...I think the loop since the sun is setting in 30 minutes"
....15 minutes later....
M: "WHERE CAN I PARK?!"
B: "Look at that alley..."
M: "The kinda murderey one?"
B: "Yeah! the light is perfect!"
For this set, it was my first official shoot with Madison. We'd spent weeks thinking about this shoot, we couldn't decide on what flowers to use, what poses to make, honestly, the entire enterprise was a crazy experiment. I admire Madison's adventurous spirit and her willingness to create scenes. I do wish I could be as creative in front of the camera as this lady.
Inspired by Kylie Jenner...not a phrase I would normally say; but coaxed, nay cajoled by Shani, I did this shoot with her. To appeal to my creativity, she allowed for my need to make the photos timeless...well as timeless as I could.
One fateful Sunday, Allex, Taffiny and I were famished. After driving around St.Louis looking for a table, we came across Olio's, absolutely gorgeous Mediterranean restaurant in Tower Grove, but they had closed for lunch. Sightly disappointed (we were very upset) we walked down the street looking for both a new spot to take photos and feed our famished selves.
There it was, in between two drab buildings stood this gorgeous turquoise building. It looked quirky, especially with the orange and navy patterns harking to mestizo patterns that describe the Mexican cuisine served. however, at the time we didn't think of the food...actually we thought about food just not their food.
At the time we fell in love with the duotone fence, the lush sisal plant, and the giant orange door. Taffiny and Allex killed it and threatened to kill me (They were starving). Overall, we absolutely loved the color, but the best part was that Taffiny and Allex wore different variations of black and white; allowing for a really colorful symbiosis between the background and the subjects.
I think this shoot marked the beginning of my love the 70's. Although, at the time I didn't know. I absolutely loved Taf's big hair, round glasses, and the mustard jumper. Especially the mustard jumper. There is something so cool about that color; its like screaming I AM HERE! despite the scream, it still a portrays a laid-back vibe. The jumper screams and announces it presence while simultaneously letting you know its ok to be chill. It's such a FUNtastic juxtaposition!! :D
This set of images were my first set with Shani. Honestly, that day was a day of firsts; it was my first street session, my first time working with Shani, my first with a clothier, specifically, a bridal shop. The entire experience was simply awesome. As one might assume I may have misused the word, I assure you, I haven't. I was actually filled with awe; ranging from choosing which dress would be used, down to scouting out which locations would fit each dress.
Within that one afternoon, I learned quite a bit about myself. I learned that I don't want to be a photographer...well, that is overgeneralizing a bit...I learned that I am actually interested in the process. The process of creation; having an idea, planning it out, then dutifully executing it. The whole process is simply exhilarating, Anyway, I am rumbling and you are here for the photos.