TakeTwo406 is a new project of mine. I’m not sure if I would call it a business or a ministry. My over all goal is to take a person who, for whatever reason, is not comfortable with themselves, their looks, or just don’t feel they have value and photograph them in a way that they see their God given beauty. Make them a fashion model for a day, the star of the show if you will. This photo is of a young lady that I had the opportunity to work with. She is very shy and withdrawn. I call this picture “1st time stare” She was nervous and so was I. Did I have what it takes as a photographer to create an environment that she could shine in. Could I make her not only comfortable with me but with my camera. This is one of the first shots of the day. It is one of my favorite photos. I love the lack of expression, the texture, the feeling or lack there of in this shot. I just love it. It shows all the things one may not want to see in a photo, but it’s real. No mask, and I love it.
Now this young lady did come out of her shell if you will as you can see by the following shots taken during the same shoot. Very beautiful, playful, comfortable in her own skin, and with me. A different person. She discovered her value, she found her beauty, giving her the confidence to let the world she who she is.
So what‘s the thing I am learning as I step into my new adventure, this TakeTwo406 thing, this desire to bring people to the place where they can see the beauty they are? I need to believe In myself. I need to know that with camera in hand, I have what it takes to bring someone out from behind whatever mask they choose to wear. To reveal their true self, the beauty that they are. I need to believe as much in myself as I do in the person I photograph.
I invite you to come on a journey with me. The journey of proving there is beauty in all things. It may take a different perspective. It will take some time. I believe, no, I know all people, all things in this great world we live in have value and beauty. That is why TakeTwo406 was created. To show the beauty in things we may not naturally see the beauty in, and, to show that, “you too are worth a second look...”