The internet can be an incredible tool if you choose to let it be. I am in many photography groups online and am constantly befriending people who share that common interest with me. My blog and Facebook page give me the freedom to share my life with others which is great because people get to know me by looking at my pictures and reading the words I write. It creates trust and helps build relationships.
I posted in one of the photography groups a few weeks ago and a girl named Rachel generously commented saying we should meet up sometime. We realized we lived close and were both fairly new to photography and figured it would be really fun. I hadn't ever met an online friend before but it worked out on Friday when Rachel and her friend Amy were in Charlottesville running some errands. We met up at Mellow Mushroom, had some pizza, and walked over to UVA for a photoshoot.
The three of us laughed (as we blinded each other with the reflector), practiced posing, shot in some cool light that we probably wouldn't have had the luxury of experimenting with on a shoot, and traded lenses (I got to use Rachel's 50mm 1.2!). We found some outstanding locations on the UVA campus and not only was it great to have the whole day to get better at directing people but I got a better feel of what being in front of the camera felt like!
I'm so thankful for kind people like Rachel and Amy who spent the entire day with me. I learned a lot from both of them and discovered that meeting new people in the industry is so fulfilling and important. It's something I need to do more often! So Rachel and Amy, thank you both SO much for being the most beautiful models I could have asked for! I'm so excited to have made two new friends and I cant wait to see where God takes you this year!
It was amazing how quickly the light changed between the top photos and this one! Light totally dictates the mood of a picture!