just returned from san diego late last night and to say it was magical would be an understatement. i photographed a ton and was able to get together with some incredible friends. i was commissioned by my sweet friend, terrie, to do her maternity and newborn photos (it just so happens that my july trip to san diego works perfectly with her due date). since she's a friend and a photographer, i knew she would be game for pretty much anything. so i threw the idea of underwater photos at her -- and game she was. then i asked my dear friend and partner-in-crime, leah, if she would be interested in shooting too -- and game she was. together, leah and i, collaborated and photographed terrie in leah's pool and later that evening, in the most magical field, in orange.
the following day, i photographed terrie and her family at pacific beach pier, which was so fun but crazy cold -- i ended up completely soaked and covered in sand.
shooting underwater...i felt this renewed spirit with my photography. and even with myself. i'm not sure i can fully explain it but my heart is so happy and inspired by the possibility of shooting more underwater photography and offering it to my clients. my dream, wish, hope, desire is to purchase underwater housing shortly after we arrive in tampa and just go for it. shooting underwater is not exactly easy but i love it so...and can't wait!! what a perfect place to offer underwater photography -- the warm and beautiful waters of tampa, florida. woot! woot!
note: terrie and i have a special bond. both our oldest children are deaf with cochlear implants, which is how we originally met (years ago, at an auction to benefit a deaf | hard-of-hearing organization). terrie's second son is hearing and her baby girl on-the-way is going to be deaf. this is what terrie shared with me after seeing the image below, which left me with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. love you terrie -- for all your strength, kindness, passion, determination and beauty!! you are one amazing lady!
I look at this and it is such a symbol of strength for me. Knowing what this baby will go through with her hearing loss, knowing how strong she will have to be, how strong I'll have to be for her and my family, how much she will lean on me as she becomes a woman. love that I'm standing tall and strong and ready to bring my babe into the world and face it together----oh how i love this photo!!!!
hoping to share more field photos tomorrow. my heart is so happy!