I hate change.
I’m not graceful about it, resisting and fighting even the best changes at every turn. Which is why I’m thankful that the core of Dust & Breath has not had to change in response to COVID-19.
I have always been a socially distant artist.
Even before social distancing was a word bandied about daily.
I have a signature style that includes a certain type of location (wide open spaces), a certain type of light (golden and bright), and a very specific lens which happens to be a long one. Today, I’m sharing proof of my socially-distant style in the form of some unflattering photographs of me. You’re welcome.
ABOVE: I really need to up my wardrobe game for sessions. And not all toddlers run away from me 😉
BELOW: This is as close as I get.
Why does this matter to you?
Well, firstly, our time together is safe. It is safer than going to the grocery store.
Secondly, when you hire an artist, you’re asking them to give you a piece of how they see the world. You are paying for their signature style, or their “eye”, which takes many years to cultivate. If I were a photographer whose signature style was to get in close, documenting the fray of family life, I would be spending this time considering alternative shooting styles, test driving those options and putting together a new vision of the world. For someone that finds change exhilarating, this could be a golden opportunity to test new limits and make new work. However, what is reflected in their portfolio might not be what their clients receive in the end.
When you hire an artist, you’re asking them to give you a piece of how they see the world. You are paying for their signature style, or their “eye”, which takes many years to cultivate.
All of this to say, I’m thankful that the essence of the art I make has not changed in the face of these tricky days.
Considering me for family photography this season?
If so, I implore you to either contact me or request a Family Art Plan consultation with me soon. I’m scheduling fewer than usual sessions this season, and half are spoken for already. Although this is a weird time–globally–there’s no better time than now to give yourself something beautiful to look forward to.
And to cleanse your palate after seeing these images of me, here are some beauties of the little doll I was photographing.