A Note on Perspective and Comfort Zones

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone! 

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about lessons from the broken camera lens and it's last shoot. Well, this is one of my favorite outtakes and peeks from the day.   It's a photo of the reflection featuring clothes by Nicole and Madeline with @socamom modeling. Artwork is by the very talented Aniekan Udofia.

First, I have to thank the designer Cherry of  Nicole and Madeline and my good friend Eva aka @Socamom  for pushing me to work on this project.  Cherry asked if I would take the photos for her new line.  I was a bit hesitant because I wasn't quite sure I'd be able to take the photos and they'd be up to my OWN standards.  

You see, I'm picky as fuck.  To put it mildly.  If I can't get something to look a certain way, it's not going to be posted. I'm not displaying it.  I hate half-assed efforts.  However, these two sisters didn't really give me a choice in the matter.  When Eva and Cherry asked it was more along the lines of you're taking the pictures so you might as well deal.  There wasn't much else I could say about it. 

Good thing they believed in my creative vision....

Let me note, the clothes Cherry makes blew me away.  I was awe struck once Eva was dressed and we were out walking. Talk about show stoppers! I have my gorgeous friend, gorgeous clothes and a good location?  I really don't think I could've taken a bad photo.  At least not in my opinion.  

Here's what it taught me, here's what this year has been teaching me....

It's time to stretch and reach out of my comfort zone.  More proof that the presence of being nervous and not being sure all the time isn't necessarily and indicator of how good you can be at something.  

Sometimes all it takes is for people to believe in you.  Other times, if you're like me, you need friends who will FORCE you to be good.  That day they taught me so much about what's possible.  It gave me a much needed glimpse of things I didn't know I could knock out of the box.  I'm so thankful for the opportunity and to have spent the day with them.  

Here's to reaching and stretching, getting things done, getting good shit done, making good work, having the right people surrounding you and following your dreams.  

Have the best of weekends!

Love, 

Rae