I have been venturing into the world of photo styling. It usually involves props, themes, arranging poses, moving furniture or anything that evokes originaityl and uniqueness in a photo. I have been working with a friend, Sarah .I first met Sarah at my sisters bridal session where I showed up with some chairs in my trunk- to use as props. It went something like this “ Hi, Im Cyle, Bethany’s Sis, “Hi I’m Sarah, nice to meet you”. Well, I have a chair I thought would be cool for a pic” . Ok- “That’s great lets put it in the road” walla! You may have seen it in one of her adds.
I guess I kind of helped style that pic. The story unfolds to me packing vintage suitcases full of props and a journal of sketched ideas on paper and shared over coffee. Then the styling collaboration of my cd cover. Then the fashion shoot two months ago. – and- Now. Its’ official. Sarah and I have dreaming up some mock shoots to showcase certain themes, ideas and most of all – TO TELL A PHOTO STORY! We have been brainstorming story lines and then executing the plan.
Last month I was reading the Golden Isles Magazine when I saw a write up about a guy who had 33 acres of farmland in Brunswick. NO WAY- you might think! People do that in Brunswick?- that’s what I was thinking. Yes, they do. They live off of the land. Killing chickens and all. Our wheels started turning and before we knew it we were creating a pilgrim and Indian living off the land- thankful for the bounty photo story. Here is a pic from the photo field trip but for more click here to see Sarah’s account of the day.
I had a blast with this. I was gathering everything I could think of that looked indian-esque or pilgrim -esque. We came up with the outfits out of our closets!
I admit it felt like I was playing dress up. When we were at the farm I lost track of the outside world. Suddenly I was completely immersed in the idea of a pilgrim and indian sharing bounty on this thriving land. I often say to Shannon ” let’s pretend” … he always raises his brow a bit and laughs. I know that statement is juvenile in and of itself but there is so much liberty in it.. so much fun… SO. MUCH DREAMING… now I just say, let’s dream that…….
What are you dreaming about? Sometimes “pretending” can get you out of your circumstances and off of the drudgery of what situations you find yourself in. My kids and I pretend every day. Try it. It’s fun!
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