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".