On Talking to Strangers

Hey there. Here are some photos from yesterday.

Let me set the scene, because I want to begin to explain some of the process that goes into the photos I make. Loquat trees are in full bounty right now in the Lowcountry. They are full of small orange fruits the size of a cherry, growing in clusters, on leafy green "bush-like" trees. What caught my eye were two legs sticking out from a big tree laden with fruit. Like a mechanic who's torso takes the shape of a car becasue he's laying underneath. Also, colors: orange and green + red, blue, and white.

Asking to take someone's photo is funny, becasue you don't know what kind of reaction you're going to get. You have to be okay with being told no, and remember that the thing you saw happening was before you interrupted the scene. So it's likely you won't be able to recreate what you saw.

I told Sally exactly what I saw her doing, and how it inspired a photo. I asked if she could get into the tree, on the stool again. It was an easy thing to recreate, but the last photo is what I'm most pleased with because we were having a conversation by this point. 

Chris says all the time, "Read the room" jokingly. But we both know this to be true. Read your subject, know how to approach them. And (this applies to all human interactions) don't act better than the person you're talking to. You have yet to discover the story in front of you. Thank you Sally.

 

Becca Leigh

I loved getting to make photos with this lady. Walking through the streets and discussing women we mad respect i.e. Natalie Portman and Beyoncé. Love. It.

This is a really special thing that I often take for grated, getting to talk with people about the everyday while I'm doing my job. Shoutout to everyone who has shared a conversation with me while I made your photo *raised-hands*

BLESS YOU

Raven Roxanne, artist

Having the privilege of photographing artists is very cool. It means getting to take part in making photos of people putting their hands to something good. And honestly, that's been the anthem of this season in my photography. Pursue people making great things. Also, DON'T STOP. 

Normally, the outcome is meeting someone who is really great, and creating something with them. Win win. 

Here's Raven in her studio; thanks for a great time lady friend.  

Paper Crown Collection

Good things have been happening around here. After a little inspiration (from Chris) to get beyond my comfort zone, and to start reaching people/brands who are making great things, I reached out to Paper Crown through Kelly, their marketing director. She happened to be traveling through Charleston from L.A and so after recommending the best places to wine and dine, we met up for coffee/ talk photos. It was awesome. Seriously, it's the best when a couple or a brand comes alongside you and says "Hey, I love what your doing, keep doing it - let us be a part of it with you."

Here's what that looks like... Savannah and Ryan photographed below. We had a good time taking to the streets of Downtown Charleston... too pretty. xo

Ryan & Ariel

Chris and I had a blast going along with Ryan & Ariel for their engagement in Asheville. She was totally surprised and we got to play all day, eat great food, and share the stoke of being newly engaged. Cheers to having friends who will share their adventures with you. This one was very special (we also got to see dear friends Sydney & David. This made me very happy, xo). 

Shoutout to Gan Shan Station for an amazing lunch, Hole for donuts (duh), High Five Coffee,  Owl Bakery, and Old North for sweet threads.

Becca Barnet // Sisal Creative

New studio who dis.

The totally endearing Becca Barnet and Kaleigh Hastings (Sisal Creative) made room for Elizabeth Ervin to photograph their new studio at 208 Coming St. this past week. It was fun talking to fellow creative ladies about running your own business, not hiding your weirdness, and how it's okay to wear all white and mess with dead things.