Once in a lifetime… One in a million… Like no other… So cliché. I know. Sometimes however… a good resinating cliché is what you choose in order to express a deep love of, or an excitement for. That is how I fee whenever I receive a new, beautiful image from one of my most beloved photographers Bonnie Hill. I call her the creator of whimsey… Even her name “Bonnie Hill” sounds like a fairy tale…
When looking for a photographer to shoot my 2013 holiday collection “After Midnight” I was on the search for someone new, as one of my go to photographers just moved to NYC and the other was busy with new baby. Thankfully one of my models suggested a young photographer who may be interested in our project but mainly shot weddings and family. I had seen a few of her images that really struck me and thought WOW.. she is so talented! Finding out she was interested in collaborating with us, and also wanted to try something new and different on her side we set things up to meet for the first time the day of shoot. I got really lucky that day… That was the day I met Bonnie Hill.
Since the day of the after midnight shoot we have worked together on many more campaigns. I Love Lucy “Valentines campaign”, a few mini sessions, a campaign for JenDaisy women’s clothing boutique, and my favorite of all… “FREEDOM ~ A Gypsy Summer. My final campaign in Chattanooga. Shortly after my freedom shoot I found out I was moving across the country to Napa CA. I knew it would be an exciting adventure, but also knew I would be leaving so many talented people that I adored working with behind. Bonnie was at the top of that list.
Thankfully her and I have found ways to still do projects together even after my move. Not that there are no talented photographers in my new location. There are plenty. Its more of the comfortability factor. Them knowing what you want and you knowing what they want. Bonnie and I have that times a million. Not to mention her gift to direct even the shyest of muses into a VOGUE inspired pose is fascinating to see.
Just recently I sent her a collection of “Game of Thrones” inspired pieces saying “do your magic” and that is exactly what she did. What I really love about this collection of photos is that it is the exact same pieces on three VERY different models. Looking at these photos in particular really shows you the talent behind the lens, and how a vision can change drastically with the right photographer and a new muse.
When I see the first captivating image of HMUA Jill Clark I think Marilyn Monroe all the way… Then as I scroll down to beautiful Lauren Flatt I picture Lord of the Rings mystical elf queen Galadriel. Continuing on Nadine Korp captures Game of Thrones Sansa Stark in all of her dark and mid-evil glory.
When spending as much time as I do creating pieces with a purpose of you imagining an existence outside our world. You can only hope to have someone that also sees what you see. Someone that brings another layer of romanticism. A photographer that has a gift for creating a world beyond our own through digital and making us believe.
Finding gifts in others is something to celebrate. The ones that make what you do look more spectacular than it ever could have without them. For this reason. I celebrate Bonnie Hill and the beauty that she captures. Thank you for always understanding my vision and always delivering something new and more spectacular than the last. …XO
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