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Monday, July 20, 2009


I met Amy on the day of our shoot.  Within the first few minutes, she told me, “I’ve been sick all my life.”

She is 23 years old, and has been in and out of hospitals all her life. She has fought cancer twice. She has had open-heart surgery. She has had countless images taken of her body—–MRIs, CAT scans, X-Rays.

But she’s been in good health for a while now, and, as if to remind herself of who she really is, she wanted some pictures of the outside of her body, pictures that showed a healthy woman.

She told me beforehand she didn’t want me to photoshop out the scar on her sternum from the surgery, but that she really wanted me to make her look pretty.

That was not difficult to do.

It so happens that her boyfriend is a motorcross rider, so she wanted pictures of her with his bike and gear, and she found a great farm location.  I met her and her friend downtown, and they led me to the farm.  We did some shots around the barn at first, and then moved out to the field, which was much better.

She was very nervous at first, skitter-ish, and reluctant to look into the camera for more than an instant.  But with a bit of coaching and encouragement, she became more and more relaxed.

We tried a bit of this (some shots by the barn) and that (shots in the field), and by the end, not only was she anticipating what I wanted her to do next, and posing beautifully, but she was actually enjoying it

We finished up.  I packed up my gear, and she put away the bike equipment.  And as we were heading back across the field to the barn, she said, to no one in particular, “This has been the best day of my life.”

That makes for a pretty gratifying day of shooting.

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posted by Larry at 4:18 pm  

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  1. oopsie–sorry for misspell—-YOU ARE TRULY AN AMAZING PERSON…AND MAN!!

    Comment by meggie — July 31, 2009 @ 5:25 am

  2. Have to agree, couldn’t have been too difficult to get a beautiful photo of her. She looks radiant…farthest thing from anything sickly.

    Comment by Christopher O'Donnell — August 4, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  3. What a beautiful girl with a stunning body! I wish her all the best for the future.

    Comment by Natasha Newton — August 12, 2009 @ 6:49 am

  4. Just came across your blog tonight. This shot is great on lighting-that’s the moment you say ‘yes’…the model, the light, the location. Good job.

    Comment by Joy — November 11, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

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