I started this new thing on Facebook, where I create a photoshoot from the top of my head and 24 hours before, I drop it as a status on Facebook. This way I am not choosing who makes it, whomever sees the post does and sees a fit, they choose.
This particular Pop up shoot was created by a first date. In fact, the pop up shoot was the first date. I met a guy online, and as soon as he found out that I was a photographer, he suggested being my assistant on a shoot. I thought to myself, WHY NOT?! First date guy suggested the Cherry Blossoms at High Park, I thought, WHY NOT?!
Gabe commented on my status with a hell yes and we met for 6pm at High Park, the next evening. There were NO BLOSSOMS, and if there were, they were the size of my Pinkies.
SIDE TRACK // It has been 4 years since my divorce. Most of the wounds have healed. For me, the odd guy wins and obscurity will pull me in. As my impromptu photo-assistant coffee date suggested this date, I thought, WOW, Gabe is a great space holder. What needs to stay will stay, what needs to leave, will leave.
Gabe, has the face of a serious soul. One who has experienced many lives, and one that hugs you with his smile, but you must understand him without the smile first. He walks with you, not in front of you, not behind you. Gabe offered to carry my equipment, time and time again. This man is so much love. When things would fall out of my hand, he would stop me from reaching and pick it up, and not because I am a woman, but because I am important - there is a difference.
My date left in the middle of the photo-shoot. Something made him uncomfortable and he was absolutely honouring where he was at - which is always a good thing. For about 45 seconds, I experienced sadness, an ego trip and then confusion. Gabe's energy and healing brought me back to the shoot. We ended up finding some out of the box shots and he jumped into every opportunity I presented.
The song and dance between subject and photographer was quiet and understood. What we created is beautiful, of course it is. When we are both so wide and open to create whatever shows up, you let the magic show up.
These images hold a breakthrough for me. They remind me of what I desire in a man, what I am willing to fight for and what I am willing to walk away from. These images also evoke the beauty of Gabe - a stunning man, stunning captures and a connection that is forever fused on film.
When I am asked why photography? My response - "My life is empty with out it".
You know that saying? - "Those who can not do, teach"?
Well, Rhea has done, and done and done. Some of her experiences have repeated themselves to the point where she stopped, and said..."Ok, universe, I'm listening now."
Rhea grew up moving from house to house, school to school and that created a tough skin. The kind of skin that became independent, quiet and at times lonely.
Through the years, and the jobs and the relationships and the "I got this" - life became bland and mundane. Then it happened, a beautiful, timely car accident, not one, but two, jolting Rhea into a new reality and her transition begun.
Rhea woke up on January 1st of 2014 and took a good look at her life, all the choices she made, all the things that didn't work, all the places she was complacent and unhappy. She was brought back to all the nights she'd lay in be, dreaming of another life.
Upon learning that she was not the only one who had woken up, her world started shifting at an accelerating rate. She hopped on her new train, and dived deep into health, nutrition, self-development, and attended as many workshops as there were coffees sold at Starbucks on a Monday morning.
Rhea has done the work.
Now, experiences shift us, however it is what YOU do with that shift that matters.
Rhea transitioned, she took her life, shook it up, and created the life she truly desires. What was created was her outburst for life, she begun to attract listeners, who were looking for inspiration, motivation, and a place to speak of their own discoveries that seemed to be so out of the norm.
Rhea became the hub of self-discovery, for herself and for others. She started filming videos every Sunday, coining the term 'Soulful Sundays', where she would openly and HONESTLY share a breakthrough she experienced that week. These shared moments are always powerful, the way she speaks, how she shares always leaves you taking a deep look into your own life, her words singe you with a desire to seek healing and pleasure in places where you have experienced pain or discomfort.
Rhea discovered her business venture through her sharing with others in their shifts and their transitions. She became the go to friend. Her heart is that big, there is room for everyone.
Today, Rhea has taken all that she has done, and created a brilliant garden of experiences to not only assist your life transitions, but to be there with you every step of the way. Like that best friend that always calls when you need.
Check out this Transitions Expert at http://www.rheaanne.com/.