I had the chance to shoot with Black Axe Photography a few weeks ago in late July. I was surprised by what a challenge it was for me due to its more casual theme (business woman). I realized I've become accustomed to more avant garde concepts and wearing eccentric makeup, so shooting in downtown Nashua wearing the clothes that I literally came from work in was out of the norm for me. But challenges are necessary if we want to improve, so I put my best foot forward (that would be my left foot) and strutted main street like I was on a mission.
Besides being memorable as one of the few "lifestyle" concepts I've had the opportunity to shoot, there were a few other notable moments during our evening out and about:
1) Seeing everyone gathered playing Pokemon Go. If you are on any sort of social media, you'll know that the newly released game has been quite a hit with people everywhere. What I didn't realize was how many people in such a small area would all play at the same time. Since the game has better chances of leveling up in the busier areas you visit, it would make sense that Downtown Nashua would be an especially hot spot compared to any of the smaller towns or backroads people are used to. Some people may complain about the ridiculousness of it, but I much prefer to see the gathering of people, ranging in all ages, hanging out on picnic blankets, compared to what it used to be - an empty space where the occasional passerby would stop and wait for someone else in a "questionable manner" (aka: drug exchanges were happening) before going their separate ways.
2) Watching 8 (not even joking) dump trucks stop at a light and not notice when it turned green because all of the drivers were too busy looking at us (probably trying to figure out what we were doing). Lucky for them, being dump trucks meant the vehicles were so large, the drivers behind them couldn't see that the light had cycled through.
3) Finding a tiny piano on the corner of a street and playing a few notes on it. A friend of mine informed me that it's part of Nashua's "Positive Street Art" program, which is also responsible for the dragons and other cool sculptures around Main Street (To see more, follow this link! http://www.positivestreetart.org/ ).
I'm in no way a pianist (three piano lessons when you're 11 years old won't get you very far in the music world), but it was still fun to take a few minutes and play a (very) poor rendition of "Chopsticks" (unlike this man who does an amazing rendition...).
We finished our shoot just as the sun finished setting, which was perfect timing as my shoes were killing me by this point (I like to call those heels "sitting shoes" - not functional, but very fashionable).
A big thank you to Black Axe Photography for challenging me to try something different for my portfolio!
Hard to believe that Summer is fading to an end (especially when it's 94 degrees as I type this), but soon enough, the "Autumn" posts will begin...
*Bonus bts: Congrats for reading the entire post and scrolling down all the way! Just for that, you get a bonus behind the scenes shot of me in my element, taking a pre-shoot selfie...
I'm sure it's everything you imagined and hoped for!
Stay tuned for a "BTS" post for the video I've been working on this summer - coming soon!