Monochrome Monday #77

Nearly 4 months later and I have finally come out of hibernation. I will begin by saying that I never intended to go that long without posting. Fall 2014 was the craziest semester I’ve had in a while, and with winter break coming to a close and spring classes starting next week, I figured I’d take this opportunity to get myself back on track. Welcome to 2015! A brand new year and another chance to get this whole photography and blogging thing right and back in action. I have already vowed to my little piece of the world on Facebook that I would be working towards more photography in 2015 since 2014 decided to be the year of little-to-no downtime. But I’m making the vow here, too, because I miss blogging and being behind the lens. With that said, I figured I’d start the new year with a Monochrome Monday because I haven’t done one of those in ages:

Not Your Typical Christmas Card

I was approached by my friend Taylor (pictured above) back in late October concerning her desire to have me take pictures for her annual Christmas cards. I had never specifically taken photos for that cause, but she asked, so I delivered. In early November, we made our way to Waikiki with a trash bag full of wreaths, a box storing a Christmas tree, and ornaments to decorate.

The experience of creating Christmas on the beach turned out to be ridiculously entertaining.

I won’t go fully into detail just yet since I have other photos from Taylor’s Christmas session to account for, but I will say that I enjoyed the shoot. This particular image is of significance because it is indicative of an aspect of my photography that is growing in popularity. Okay, maybe it’s not that popular, but it’s certainly still fresh and taking a lot of getting used to. Notice that Taylor is wearing a swimsuit. If you recall back in September, my friend Felicita came to visit and we tried our hands at a swim shoot. The results were among my best in recent years (I think), and it certainly took me and Felicita out of our comfort zones. I think the same can be said for Taylor, another person I applaud for taking a leap of faith and allowing herself to be photographed in a bikini. There is something so amazing to me about making oneself vulnerable, especially in a public setting. And the results can be marvelously fruitful, as seen in the above image.

Taylor is a natural beauty and has a wonderfully precious soul. She stands up for what she believes in and cares deeply for her friends and family. And though you may not pick up on all of that just by looking at this photo, I think it still stands as a testament to her awesomeness and ability to walk out on a limb and try something different.

So here’s to 2015. There’s room for new models (and old ones, too), new ideas, new inspirations, and the chance to make ourselves vulnerable and find the beauty within. I have a pretty good feeling about this year’s photography. How about you?

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