In late 2018, I received an intriguing message over Instagram from a follower, Sam. She presented a unique idea for a concept portrait session and asked if we would create a set of images that would be particularly meaningful for her.
For Sam, 2018 was a dark year of oppression and emotional pain; however, the ongoing healing process brought a wealth of personal growth and transformation. Sam felt compelled to document her story of hardship and healing as this two-part portrait series, “From Darkness into Light.”
Last week in Pt. 1, we explored darker themes in the form of moody, intentional portraits laden with meaningful imagery. Click the link below to see the first half of this series! https://elizabethaimages.com/2019/06/28/conceptual-portrait-session-from-darkness-into-light/
Part Two: Light
For the bright and happy half of this series, we met at the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Midtown Charlotte at golden hour.
My goal in this second session was to capture her beautiful, zany soul in a series of confidence-boosting portraits that she will cherish!
In a stark contrast to the “Darkness” series we shot that same morning, this evening session had a distinct tone of levity. Sam danced and twirled on a parking deck with the CLT skyline in full view!
Caring for your mental health is an on-going battle, but it is an important one none-the-less!
These last two images were taken in the stairwell of the parking deck. Though I’d already said we were good to go, I couldn’t resist the delicious light streaming in the big windows!
I’m so proud of Sam for being so vulnerable with me in creating this series. She shared her story so freely with me, even though we were strangers at the beginning of this project.
This concept portrait session provided a foundation for our friendship. Sam is whip smart, eccentric, and straight-up hilarious. I’m so grateful to know her and to be a part of sharing her story.
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