Mermaid Shoot with Neil

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In the spirit of doing crazy photoshoots for fun, I did a thing with my friend, Neil, from New York the other day. You might know him from Citizen of the Month or Neilochka on Instagram. He’s an amazing artist who shoots street photography and really interesting portraits of friends. I was super excited to be on his list.

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When he proposed sitting on a chair in the ocean of course I said yes. What could be more perfect for me? I love the ocean! It’s been a huge part of my life living here by the beach. But I’m not your average beach-going bikini-wearing girl. Nah. I’m more like a business woman wearing a red dress, sitting on a bar stool while the rush of waves washes around me in foggy grays and greens. It could be a metaphor for so many things. Of course we didn’t really flesh out what it could mean. It’s left up for interpretation of course.

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First we met for coffee to catch up and hash out our ideas.  I tried to shoot some photos of Neil with some bags for my Love Your Baggage client. (I’m shooting everyone with these bags if you are interested. Gotta get the word out about how great jute bags are!) And then we headed off to the beach, bar stool in tow.

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We set the barstool as far out into the waves as we could go without getting wet and then I sat. It was a bit exciting as the pointy legs of the stool sunk into the wet sand unevenly and the waves washed all around me. I tilted this way and that, leaning forward and backward to keep my balance and desperately trying to suck in my belly fat at the same time.

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It was exhilarating! I love the waves. Sand and sea don’t bother me. I didn’t care if I got wet. I expected it.

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This is my favorite shot by far.

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This one seemed way cooler in my head.

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Poor Neil though. He got soaked. As is typical for a photographer, he sacrificed his shoes trying to get the shot. He was squatting down to get just the right angle and a big wave came up and soaked him. Thankfully this time of year the water is pretty nice. But sadly he had to walk around the rest of the day wet and sandy.

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Then since he was already wet I made him switch places with me so I could get a shot too.

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I think this would be a great avatar for him, don’t you?

Love Your Baggage

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I have a new client that I am having so much fun with. You know why? Because they are letting me do exactly whatever I want. So much freedom! I’m sure at some point the reigns will be pulled in but for now I am taking over their instagram account with wild abandon and I am loving it! This is the secret guys: give a creative freedom and they will work for free, or practically for free.

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We did a shoot at the beach the other day with a girl who had never modeled before. She was adorable and sweet and so shy of her own beauty. I could have shot her all day. She really was so pleasant and wonderful. And her skin! Have you ever seen such clear beautiful skin?

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It also helps that the product we are selling (Jute bags sourced responsibly from Bangladesh) is really nice. You can check them out here. We are in the process of building a website so that will be coming soon. (Please message me if you are a WordPress whiz. I need help!)

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I’m really loving this work and thinking maybe I should do this more. If you have a small company/product you are needing some help promoting, contact me. Maybe this will be my new thing!