Peace in the Garden

“Are you excited for tomorrow?” my wife asked.

I shrugged.

“Liar”, she teased.

She was referring to a photo shoot I had the next day. It wasn’t a big one, it was for a few dress reviews but they always take a lot of work, and I told her that. I knew I would have fun once things got started and I would be excited to see the pictures, but photo shoots, even simply going out en femme take a lot of work and a lot of planning.

I don’t want to sound ungrateful or bitchy or snobbish or anything, and I am so blessed and fortunate to have the life that I have. But sometimes after a busy week it sounds very tempting to just be lazy instead of packing, selecting accessories, heels, and everything else that goes with a shoot.

But Shannonlee was ready, I had my makeup appointment scheduled, and the designer was counting on me so there was no backing out now. Not that I would, of course. Even after all this time it’s still a thrill to feel the wind dance through my hair and hear the music of my stilettos singing on the sidewalk.

Once my makeup is done and Shannonlee’s camera starts clicking away, I begin to relax and have fun. The hard part, the planning, is done. It’s time to smile (or not) and let the camera do the work.

This summer Shannonlee have done a lot of shoots and the last one we did, well, I wasn’t feeling it. My allergies were causing my eyes to water and smudge my makeup, the sun was bright and hot… I didn’t feel cute and I knew that the photos wouldn’t show the confident girl that I pretend to be. Well, sometimes I am not pretending. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thankfully Shannonlee worked her magic and the photos turned out beautiful as always.

Still, I was a little burnt out. Not necessarily from the shoots but from everything. I am emotionally exhausted and I barely have the bandwidth to pay attention to things or really lose myself in something. Basically I feel restless and distracted all the time. Modeling takes a lot of concentration and commitment. I just didn’t feel I could pull myself together for the shoot.

But this shoot was different. It was in the Peace Gardens in south Minneapolis and it was just a beautiful place to be. The weather cooperated and everything just kind of came together. We had fun. I mean, we always do, but this time we really explored the space and interacted with the environment more. It wasn’t just me smiling in front of… something. There was a different energy at this shoot. I worried less about getting the perfect shot and just… try to lose myself in it and I think I pulled it off.

I am looking forward to see the photos, but here are a few of the dresses I wore.

Love, Hannah

11 thoughts on “Peace in the Garden

  1. You definitely pulled it off! The first shot in that little green sparkly number was exquisite! I so look forward to hearing from you every day with your message of hope, encouragement and confidence.

    Thank you so much๐Ÿ˜˜



  2. Sparkle and lace-how feminine and quite lovely. The black hose adds significantly to the green sparkle. The white lace makes one enjoy the cool fall weather ahead with great anticipation of wraps and sweaters. Thanks for sharing -great ideas for fall fashion. Bobi


  3. Hannah, those dresses are all fabulous, each one in its own style. The green sparkle is a perfect club dress, the light blue lace is sleek and elegant, and the multi color wrap is the epitome of femininity. And your smile shows how much fun you were having on that sunny day!


  4. Looking fab in those dresses! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I can totally relate to looking forward to doing a photo-shoot but not wanting to go through all the planning and preparation. Occasionally, I will call the whole thing off (which is easy because my friends who help me take photos and videos are flexible).

    But I have always been very glad whenever I did decide to push through my laziness. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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