Fate and Friendship
I have been so busy running a new storefront in Downtown Mebane, growing my business, blending my new family and writing for 8 Women Dream that I haven’t had the chance to update this blog as often as I’d like. Instead of forcing myself to write on a timetable, I’ve been waiting for topics to inspire me.
Paula has become one of my dear friends. She was my first new friend when I moved here. She’d found me on Facebook when I announced the move. Then when I lamented the potholes of online dating she messaged me sage and hilarious advice. We met for dinner and the laughter never stopped.
She’s the rare soul who has a healthy sense of humor but a heart that loves so hard you can’t help but feel comforted to be around her. The inside-out beauty that shows it self in a myriad of ways.
I’ve wanted to photograph her since I met her, so when she booked her pinup shoot I squealed inside.
Her photo shoot was nothing short of therapeutic magic. For ME too. Kim rocked out Paula’s hair and makeup. We chose outfits. Paula rocked the outfits. We laughed. The three of us shared stories of love and loss and inappropriate jokes that were entirely appropriate for the day.
There was a moment where I marveled that the three of us were in this time and place doing what women have done for ages but do less often with social media. Sharing our scars, celebrating our blessings.
I'm so excited to share Maxine's collection of pinup art.
I met her through my sister and from the start she cracked me up. (Just like my sister does.) She’s not “kind of” a badass. This lady is a badass.
She booked a pinup party with two ladies who can only be described as equally delightful.
We met at our studio in Downtown Mebane, NC. With our hair and makeup stylist Kimberly on set, we squeezed every last drop of fabulous out of that day. The ladies brought some of their own items and used some of our wardrobe. We planned outfits with pretty shoes, flowy A-line dresses, form fitting corsets, ruffle undies and crinoline skirts.
There was laughter, and jokes and wine. Which may or may not have led to more laughter and jokes. We talked about our bodies. Tried to frame things a positive light. And each woman allowed herself to take part in the process. That’s magic.
Towards the end of the day, Maxine even rocked a corset and just a tulle skirt outside to be photographed with the historic building across the street. Her confidence is inspiring.
So excited to post this sneak peek. Desiree is a friend and colleague and we've been discussing her photo shoot for a long time!
She rocked this shoot. It also happened to be the very day that I had a last minute court appearance to finalize the divorce. So I was not exactly on top of my game. Desi was graceful and kind and we still had a lot of fun!
I hope she loves her pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!
Thank you making my life long dream come true. I have always wanted to be a pin up! You're very good at making a girl feel sexy in her skin.
<3 Always Desiree"
STOKED to announce some architectural photography I've done will be published in Home and Garden Magazine!
The house was built by Colorado Timberframe and is BREATHTAKING inside and out. I've had the honor of photographing a few of their properties and look forward to more in the future. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are stunning. You can see more of my architectural photography here.
Here's where you can find the magazine.