I’m going to be honest with you. Me and my Canon have a comfort zone, and it’s the street. Shooting a new model outside of fashion week, in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language, was sort of like jumping off a small building and hoping my wings would know how to work themselves.
I was determined to give it a shot for my latest ‘W’ Edit post though, not least because it was related to a damn worthy cause.
See, the thing you realise about comfort zones – whether you choose to stay snug inside them or face the clouds of gut-wrenching butterflies circling their borders – is that having the choice is a blessing in itself. Being dealt a life-changing diagnosis or coping with the loss of a family member is not something you choose.
I read a quote on Humans Of New York the other day in which a young man was asked the saddest moment of his life: “Probably sitting at the kitchen table with my dad, an hour after my mother died, realising we had to figure out what we were going to do for lunch.” That about sums up the luxury of choice, or lack thereof. One minute you’re in your comfort zone, and the next Fate coldly kicks you right out of it.
So back to the worthy cause I mentioned and how all this relates to my (let’s face it, pretty insignificant in the scope of things) worries about how to best photograph someone who could pretty much not look bad if they tried: it’s all about the drive to #UNITEINWHITE.
Gorgeous fresh face at Elite Lisbon – Ines Alvim – was wearing one of the pieces from Witchery’s 2014 white shirt collection in support of ovarian cancer. 100% of gross proceeds go directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Besides the fact that you can never own too many white shirts (no really, that’s a scientific fact) you need not leave the warm burrito of your bed blankets let alone your comfort zone to buy one. They’re available right here.
As for my photography: it’s all part of the journey and I don’t intend to ever stop learning. You can see some more portraits of Ines and the white shirt below and over at Witchery’s ‘W’ Edit.