Corinne

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.

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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!

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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?”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Corinne.

❤ amanda mae

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