Location: The SOPHA, Manchester NH
Music has an incredible way of bonding people. If your favorite song comes on the radio, and you notice a stranger singing along, you feel a connection to them (or at least think "Hey, you have good taste in music for knowing my favorite song - gold star!). And when you meet someone who knows about an artist you feel passionately about, and feels just as strongly about them, an immediate bond is formed. I felt that connection during my first meeting with Andrew after a few months of trying to plan a shoot together. Though we didn't discuss our mutual love of Amanda Palmer as a musician and artist until the end of our shoot, one of the first things that came up was music. Even our first look of the night was inspired by music after looking through the wardrobe I brought and discussing singers of the 70s (Patti Smith to be exact). We listened (and took it literally) as she serenaded us to create our first images by "Dancing Barefoot".
When I first looked at Andrew's work, I realized it was very different from anything I had yet to try...so I immediately reached out to set up a shoot. His studio work focuses on the individual more than anyone else I've worked with, and I loved how raw and real the shots feel. While I'm not one to jump at the idea of doing an implied shoot, I've been working on becoming more comfortable in my own skin, and appreciating the art of light and shadow. It was a very new feeling doing implied work without a boudoir set up, another first for me. Seeing the images after, I realized just how important lighting is, and how much you can create with it when you know how to use right. It definitely inspired me to take note during my shoots if I'm liking how the lighting looks for future set up examples.
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