it's difficult to articulate how special this shoot was. and i notice that often it's the most special of projects that cause me to struggle with finding words!
thank goodness for the words images speak that we cannot.
well, first off, it's helpful to know this beautiful mother is my friend. and her beautiful daughter, Amaeya, is filled with that same light. the one that shines through Lareesa.
and so yes, this shoot was very special. it was like photographing two beautiful beams of light. in a very metaphorical way of course :)
i met Lareesa a few years ago back when we made the move from minneapolis to seattle. she and i worked together at my first job out here! i was so nervous to start a new job in an entirely new city, but i instantly felt at ease around her as a co-worker (and quickly, a friend).
i still remember her saying on my first day of work that i could always eat lunch with her if i wanted to. like, how sweet!!! that's the fear, right? eating alone at lunch?
so yes, that is but a small morsel of truth about how kind this soul and human is. and to say that i felt honored to photograph her and her daughter (alongside one of her best childhood friends, GODMOTHER to mae mae and fellow seattle area artist, Briona) is an understatement. i felt like i was being welcomed into a memory i had no idea i'd partake in. but now that i have, i am wont to think on my life without it. without these people who have impacted me so deeply.