Here's how my mind works; I have a crazy idea, I write it down, and then I execute. In 2016, I went to David's Bridal with my soon to be sister in law Donna and my 2 nieces (Rylinn and Ryneah-you've met them already). Rylinn was to be the flower girl in my brother's wedding. While Rylinn was being helped by the lovely ladies at David's Bridal, Ryneah and I started looking through the discount rack of dresses. (If you know anything about me, you know I love a discount!) We come across this gorgeous blue dress and Ryneah has to try it on. Now let me tell you, Ryneah is not a dress girl in the least little bit. But when she puts the dress on she absolutely loves it! Of course Aunt T had to buy it.
I didn't touch that dress again until a hot summer day in June 2017. For weeks I had been thinking about the concept of dresses in junkyards. I have no idea why. That's how my brain works sometimes, I get an idea and it sits until I execute. For months I had been driving past this huge junkyard on my way to the gym. One day while riding by I saw this abandoned bus. It was almost as if it was calling me to shoot in this location! I called my newly discovered muse, Makalyn and told her the idea. She was game, so we put her in the blue dress (which fit like a glove), gathered the nieces, and went to work. Of course Rylinn (the 8 year old) had to give pointers to Makalyn and Ryneah needed to let Makalyn know that she was just borrowing the dress!
The beauty of that model in that dress coupled with the hard and ugly of the junkyard, gave us a look we loved. This session helped solidify what our signature shooting style was; to see the beauty in the things that world has long since thrown away. This shoot helped me to refocus my photography, if it doesn't move me I won't move the shutter. I have to be inspired and this shoot challenged me in ways I wasn't prepared to address. I'm glad I did this shoot and I can't wait to think outside of the box again.