Recently a house guest asked if I was “into photography.” I replied, “kind of, a little.” Wait a minute. I freaking love taking photos, so why didn’t I just reply with a solid yes? Is it because I’m not a professional? Is it because I don’t want the scary label of photographer, a title that implies clients, big features, expensive equipment, and a large Instagram following? I have none of those things. However, I have a camera and a need to express the tiny ideas that pop into my brain. With that said, please enjoy my first solo editorial, “Be Yours.” It’s inspired by Valentine’s Day, but it’s about being your own inspiration, loving yourself, and indulging in silly things you think are fun, even if for your own entertainment.
I just love Valentine’s Day. To be clear, I don’t love the ridiculous expectations of material demonstration of love that people place upon their partners. Buy some overpriced thing to show me you love me because Hallmark said so? No. Stupid. I love Valentine’s Day because I love the pink and red color combination, girlyness, hearts, tasty treats, and beautifully decorated sweets. What I love may be commercial, but it inspires creativity, which is priceless.
My sister and I (Cassidy, my go-to model I’m lucky to have), put this shoot together without spending a dime. We used props and clothing I already had, and for the set I cleared out my dining area and set up a basic lighting kit I got for Christmas (thanks Mom!). My awesome husband bought be a brand new portrait lens for Christmas, and my friend Lucas lent me his old camera after mine broke. I’m thankful for the people who are there to help fuel my creativity. Whatever it is you’re driven to do creatively, you just have to do it regardless of your limitations. When I was a kid, I used to stage photoshoots with my friends when all I had was a wind-up disposable camera. The joys of creativity don’t just come from the end product, they come from the experience. So it will be safe to say, I’ll be posting a lot more of my own photos on the blog, instead of just photos taken of my outfits.