Here is a glimpse from behind the scenes at the Fawn photoshoot this Spring.
I met Johanna ( mom holding spoon in bottom right of photo) when we worked together in a boutique hotel in the city years ago. We were both young, and newly married. Two spring chickens. Between checking guests in, and running around the hotel answering all types of ridiculous requests, we would talk about life, family, school, and marriage. We formed a friendship, bonding over the shared misery of working basically as a servants for very demanding company, and equally outrageous guests. There were a few who were congenial, but mostly we laughed at the people who wanted us to get different ice because the ice they had was not cold enough. True story. But Johanna and I soldiered on. We would cover each others shifts. Give each other rides. Go out after work with other girls from the front desk.
And then she had a baby. The most squishy, smiley baby ever. Dark hair, and dark eyes. Thick thighs and wiggly toes you wanted to chew on. I had to get her in to pose for Fawn. In the Spring I had the pleasure of working with little Miss. Ayanna. She posed like a pro and did not fuss at all during the long shoot. Johanna and her husband Carlos entertained her, and got her to smile and laugh. It was amazing to see them together as parents with this raven-haired beauty. Five short years ago we were two blushing brides, discussing our future plans. Now we have businesses, and families.
I have been contracting photographer Nola Hood of Nobleshots for about a year now. Her work speaks for itself. She always arrives on time, and prepared to get creative to achieve my visions for photo sessions. I can trust her professionalism and skill. Plus, the greatest thing is: she's a mom, so she knows how to interact with the children models I use, getting them to smile and moving quickly to capture those special moments.
Always willing to jump in and be supportive is my husband Ethan (holding the light). It was a stormy day, so my hopes of shooting outside on the grass with the birds and butterflies like a sleeping beauty fairytale had to be altered. I handed him a light and he had no problem becoming the lighting technician for the afternoon. Fawn would not exist without his consistent assistance. He is the logistics/muscle/security/car tetris-er/coffee deliverer behind Fawn. He believes in me. He's pretty awesome.
Those yeas in hospitality propelled me to work harder to achieve my dreams. Conversations behind a front desk with no chairs to sit in at 11pm became goals. Goals became reality. Working hard through misery equals perseverance. Maybe you are sitting at a desk at your crappy job right now. Do not give up on your aspirations. It will happen. Just keep checking people in. One day it will be your turn.