I finally shot my first human, Corinne, who happens to be a wonderful friend of mine. (Okay wait, that sounds terrible. I mean I photographed a human – obviously!) We were fellow “Whos” in a magical production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! this past December and she has become so dear to my heart.

Have you ever seen such a natural beauty?

Over the past few weeks I have been overwhelmed with love, support and prayers from friends who know the recent quandary I seem to have been in – this “journey” of discovering God’s will for me. I’ve been at peace putting away some old things I’ve loved like performing, but I’m also exploring some passions I haven’t seriously focused on. One of those is photography, and I am officially in love!

I’ve got a long way to go in developing my technique but emotion trumps being in focus, right? 😉

I’m continually learning how important and humbling it is ask people for help. So often the perfectionist in me wants to be at a certain point or level before inviting people into my creative process and to even ask for some tangible things like, “Will you let me practice shooting headshots on you?”

Au naturel. WOW.

Thankfully Corinne readily said “YES!” even though I hardly have the faintest idea of what I’m doing. I just know that I’m really loving photography and I need to keep shooting more than just our dog, Dino, and my flowers, some of which are starting to die.

Dogs and flowers definitely don’t have as broad of a range of emotion.

Corinne was extremely kind, patient and encouraging during our little shoot and after the first few awkward-ish shots trying to figure out lighting and how to give direction, we just carried on as if we were on a normal coffee date catching up about life. And it really was just that: coffee, sunshine, and two girlfriends processing life – I just happened to get lucky and capture a couple sweet moments of it. Of course it helps to have a gorgeous model, but more than that – she’s a beautiful soul.

Love seeing the wheels turning.

So grateful for this friend’s grace in accepting me right where I’m at, and giving me the courage to try.


❤ amanda mae


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