Sometimes you go into something just knowing you’re gonna have a great time. My shoot with Addy was certainly one of those times. I had never worked with her before, but I quickly discovered that Addy has a deep, quiet energy that lends itself to focused intensity. When Addy arrived for the shoot, she brought some of the coolest props (see the included images). We shot at two locations and took a few hundred shots.
So I had been wanting to do a photo shoot in a wooded area for the longest time. I had seen recent work of other photographers and it got me thinking about a few ideas of my own. I decided to shoot in an area known as the Angeles Crest Highway (in Los Angeles). The Angeles Crest Highway is a scenic two-lane road located north of the Los Angeles basin. From a photography perspective, it’s very desirable.
If you’ve ever met someone you instantly liked, then you know how I feel about Alexis. I’ve had the pleasure of calling Alexis my friend for many years. Alexis is easy going and genuinely kind-hearted. She comes from a great family and is a good friend to everyone that knows her. Alexis was home schooled and says she never even stepped foot into a “real” school until college. While she initially studied interior design, she quickly decided to pursue a field dedicated to serving other people. After completing college she became a certified LVN and RN and now works as a postpartum nurse in Los Angeles.
Several months ago I wrote about my good friend, Becky Sehenuk and her experience of losing a twin sister (Jenny) in a motorcycle accident. You can read the original post “Losing Jenny” here. For many reasons, this was difficult to write. Doing so made me realize I was largely helpless to help her. Despite every desire to somehow remove this painful experience from my friend, I had no capacity to do so.
Is it possible to mourn the loss of someone you’ve never met? I’m not completely certain, but I do feel a deep sense of loss and regret when I think of Jennifer (Jenny) Anne Sehenuk. Tragically, Jenny died in a motorcycle accident on October 1st, 2010 in Valencia, California. She was on her way to her mother’s home for a family gathering when the accident occurred. Jenny was only 29 and her passing is something I think about almost daily.
You’ve probably heard Carmen Carter’s voice on TV. Carmen is the background singer for Dancing with the Stars. She has an astonishingly flexible and beautiful voice. She’s also very high-energy and lots of fun to hang out with. I had the pleasure of working with Carmen a year or so ago. She was getting ready to release some new music and needed a “funky” image for her press materials. After working with her for a few hours, I can tell you her personality is as big as her afro!