There is an idea that floats around spiritual and metaphysical communities which is the belief that we are in fact spiritual beings having a human experience instead of the other way around.
I like this idea.
Partly because I enjoy spiritual and metaphysical topics myself, but also because it's comforting. Humans spend so much time wondering what's the point? What's it all for? What is our life's purpose?
To say that we are here to have a human experience answers these questions, but it also takes the sting out of supposed failures and disappointments that come with life (at least for me).
That's the concept behind this series.
These photos tell a story of a soul who has just arrived in this 3-dimensional plane. She is confused, unable to remember her true origins, but something feels off.
She struggles with feelings of not belonging and feeling like this isn't her true home. This causes her to lash out in anger but also retreat into sadness. There's so much to take in, where does she start?
In order to accept and understand what she is experiencing, she has to explore herself. Who is she? What are her deepest desires? What is her purpose? This is the most complex part of the awakening process, and some don't ever figure it out.
The journey of self-discovery is a deep and often lonely process, but if she can push past the heartache and move towards healing she will be stronger and wiser than ever before.
As her understanding of herself deepens, she begins to accept the true nature of her existence in the 3-dimensional realm. She is here to learn, to grow, to teach, and to love.
Now she is ready to free herself from the self-imposed shackles she has placed on her soul. Finally, she can be who she truly is and share it with other without fear.
Fully aware of her power, she can finally emerge from her cocoon and do what she came here to do with confidence and love.
Now for some background info...
What I love most about this series is how serendipitous everything was.
First of all, this shoot was never an idea of mine, but then I got a message from the model Angelique on Model Mayhem. She said she liked my work and wanted to collaborate.
She had an idea of dressing up as an alien and combining the neon makeup and costume with her black lights. Needless to say, I was 100% on board!
Not only was it a fun idea, but I was excited to work on an artistic project. When I decided I wanted to start working with models and landing paid gigs I told myself I would stay true to my style.
I'm not interested in wedding photography or grad photos. I'm not discrediting these kinds of photographers, but I just know it's not who I am. Unfortunately, it's been hard finding others who are looking for my kind of work, which is ok.
I understand not everyone is into crazy colors and really artistic directions.
So getting a random email from someone who wanted what I had to offer was exactly what I needed to reaffirm this to myself.
Right from the start, she and I were on the same page. This was felt even more when we finally met in person and instantly hit it off! It was fun because it gave me an opportunity to collaborate with another creative spirit.
I also appreciated the challenge of designing a concept and telling a story that fits into the confines of what she wanted.
Now, I have a series that I'm extremely proud of and a new friend/model I can work with in the future (and we're already planning). I also want to give kudos to Angelique for her awesome makeup and homemade costume 👏🏽
If you liked the series and story let me know your thoughts in the comments below!