Title: “Running Away to Find New Adventures”
When I came up with the idea for this image, I really had been craving to do a shoot with my sister, Christina. I didn’t have much for wardrobe at the time, except for these two long, flowy gowns that I thought would work perfectly together. It was getting late and Christina and I had to walk through this field of itchy, dead grass while holding up our dresses so they wouldn’t tear at the bottom with all this dead grass pulling at them. Once I had my camera set up on my tripod with my settings and timer adjusted, Christina and I were running back and forth into the shot as many times possible before the sun went completely down. So we had a strict time limit, and all I needed was a shot where we both were looking back at the camera (and no funny faces), a shot with our dresses flowing back showing the movement of us running away into the distance, and to make sure, overall, every part of us looked decent. Running in dirt that sinks, grass that has been long dead and is now extremely itchy to the touch, while throwing our dresses back in soon to be darkness was a challenge no doubt, especially with our dresses going in every which direction not cooperating in every shot. Overall, I am happy with the final outcome of this image, but I had shot this so long ago, if I were to do this shoot over again, I would come better prepared and not have so much of a challenge getting the shot. That’s why I am doing this 365 Project, to keep pushing myself and keep learning with every shoot that I do. I may not always like the outcome to every shoot, but I post anyway to show my weaknesses, my strengths, and my journey during this project.
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