There’s been so many times over the past 7 months where I’ve felt stuck, trapped, isolated, and unable to create work that fulfils me creatively. This was meant to be a busy summer for weddings, and when they nearly all got delayed until next year, my main creative outlet was gone. So I’ve buckled down, rebranded, redesigned my website, done as many portraits as I can, and looked for little outlets. But I’ve had this vision for a shoot in my head for a while, and it seemed like the right time to make it happen.
I have a strong pull and connection to the sea. From a young age, growing up on the coast, I have spent so many days in the ocean, swimming, sailing, and when I was older diving. This massive lively body of water is something that has equally thrilled and terrified me, but I have an insatiable need to return to it. When rebranding, I really wanted this to be a big part of my image. This connection to my roots in the Pacific Northwest.
I wanted this shoot to show movement. The kind of movement that happens when you’re suspended in the ocean near the shore and the waves move you back and forth. I wanted it to be fluid and organic, and to have that feeling of weightlessness come through in the images. I wanted to show symbolism in the form of reflections and mediums we use to access the sea. Doing this shoot felt like coming to the surface and taking a gasp of air, a necessity in order to keep going.
Special thanks to Becki, who was so down with my every whim, and contributed hugely in the form of imagery and ideas.