Photographers embrace challenge. We thrive on finding new ways to light, to frame, we are in search of places that are out of the beaten bath, things that elevate and inspire us to produce a shot that the world has never seen, one that is unique and thought-provoking. One that tells a story.
One of the biggest challenges for us is to keep our subject matter fresh and exciting. How do you take a unique photo of the Golden Gate Bridge when it's by far one of the most photographed subjects in the world? How do you find a new way to take a portrait of a familiar face?
You don't. Not when it comes to Christina. It finds you.
Working with Christina is challenging, but only because the image you can potentially end up with is limited merely by how far you are willing to let your imagination take you. You tell her your vision and she becomes it, effortlessly and naturally, she makes you forget that you're there to take photos and immerses you in your own dream world as if it's always been real to begin with. And when you believe in it as a photographer, the only thing left to do is get as many frames as you can and be thankful that you get to work with someone so talented and imaginative.
So, naturally, when I heard that Christina was coming back to the Bay Area for a few days, I couldn't help but get excited imagining the possibilities. After all, you don't say no when your model offers you to climb on top of a train or into an abandoned train car through a broken window in the pouring rain. You just don't. You conscience will never forgive you. But, follow your imagination, and it will keep a smile on your face for weeks to come and produce beautiful images to last a lifetime.
I'm thankful to have her as a friend.