Dawn Olivia and the Opportunity of Impact
Dawn was about an hour away from my house when it started storming hard enough to knock down trees in the neighborhood. After arriving, she was only able to collect herself for a few minutes before we had to start shooting. I know it comes with the territory of being a traveling model, but I'm still impressed by the positive energy she maintained, despite the exhausting trip of driving all day across Florida, even during a severe storm.
After the photoshoot, Dawn hung out with my wife and I to unwind before crashing in our guest room. Not only did we get to hear her impressive singing and about her dreams and ambitions, but she told us some of her backstory as well. This made her happy disposition even more impressive, as it was easy to see that her joy didn't come from living at 123 Easy Street, but from personal decisions.
One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is how quickly a depth in conversation can be established. As someone who went to school for philosophy I find it to be deeply gratifying. I'm not sure if there's a link between being physically and emotionally naked, or maybe it's that the people who take part in art attract those who feel compelled to expose themselves. Whatever the reasons, I appreciate the opportunity to be impacted by people like Dawn.