Location: Lowell, MA
We did this shoot on Veteran’s Day, and with that in mind, I had a very specific idea I wanted to do in relation to that involving my Dad’s old Air Force uniform. I wanted a chance to show how thankful I am for the people who both currently and previously have worked to serve and protect us, and I am especially grateful and thankful for my dad. Previously, I wore a vintage dress that belonged to my Mother as a sort of shout out to her. In similar fashion, by wearing my Dad’s uniform, it gave me a chance to think of him while I did the shoot and silly as it sounds, for a moment, go back to being a child, playing dress up in the clothes of those I love and admire.
Now, onto some fun stuff about this shoot; Something I learned during this particular shoot, is that moving around on a rocky, sandy beach in 5 inch heels becomes much easier when you are “travel size”, meaning the photographer can pick you up and move you to a different location. I now know what it’s like to see things from over 6 feet tall.
I love working with Dan. We seem to have this habit of not working together for a few months, and when we finally do see each other, we pack multiple looks into one day of shooting. There is also this tendency for me to plan every last detail and organize all of this information I think I’ll need to know, and we take the first shot for a new look, and Dan will tell me, “Wow! We got it! Next outfit?” to which I’ll stand there and stare at him, not sure if he is kidding before I ask, “Could we maybe take just a few more?”
In preparing for this shoot, I knew I wanted to work with a long elegant dress, so I searched high and low for the perfect outfit. The day before our shoot, I found it, and it fit perfectly, but the price wasn’t in my range. I went home from the store and literally thought about that dress all night.
So on my way to the shoot the next morning, I decided to stop by the store again and see if it was still there. Not only was it still there, but it was on sale for 50% off...which is almost always in my price range.
I love when random things like that fall into place perfectly.
And lastly, this is one of the few fall shoots that I have had the opportunity to do during my "modeling career". I love fall, always have, but for some reason, it tends to be one of the hardest seasons to sync up with other people to work on projects. So I'm very fond of these images, not just for the thought and planning that went into them, but the chance to work in a new location, and enjoy some of Autumn's last gold and orange hues of 2013.