I am a TOTAL summer child. Being able to wear breezy clothes that allow the sun to warm your skin as a cool breeze caresses your upturned face. Feeling your bare feet in the grass, or digging your toes into the sand while falling backwards into the water and feeling it catch you. Opening all the windows of your house and being able to hear the birds sing while your curtains flutter with the wind blowing in. These are some of my favorite things ever. I literally crave them all winter long. So let's just revisit some warm summer vibes together on this chilly winter day.
Ok so these images weren't actually taken during the summer, technically it was fall. But here in Tennessee, our early fall can still have many summery days up it's sleeve (which I never complain about!) We took advantage of that for a lakeside group photo session with several local models and photographers. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with and meet several talented women I'd not had the chance to work with before, as well as to work with a few again that I have loved working with in the past! It was a delightful creative re-charge to be out in nature surrounded by so much talent and beauty!
I'm also a total literature nerd. So often when I shoot personal work and creative projects, I'll use some of my favorite quotes for inspiration. I've included those here as well- some of which I was inspired by before even capturing the image, others came to me afterwards. For all my fellow lovers of literature- I hope you enjoy these as well!
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
― Mary Oliver
“She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That's life. It hurts, it's dirty, and it feels very, very good.”
― Orson Scott Card
“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
― Anaïs Nin
“She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”
― Kate Chopin, The Awakening
“You want me to be a tragic backdrop so that you can appear to be illuminated, so that people can say ‘Wow, isn’t he so terribly brave to love a girl who is so obviously sad?’ You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole.”
— Warsan Shire
“When the ax came into the forest the trees said the handle is one of us.”
― Alice Walker
“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. 'Time' for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne
“The world's big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”
― John Muir
“The nature of this flower is to bloom.”
― Alice Walker
And as summer and fall fade into winter, I leave you with these well loved words from Robert Frost:
“Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”
Big thanks to Jason for organizing this outing!