Photoshoot: Me

My older sister put the idea in my head, “Monica, you should do a photoshoot of yourself before you get old.”

In the house of every old woman is a photo of her when she was young. Her beauty displays the time she lived in and the person she once was. I wanted a photo of myself for this very reason. I want my children and grandchildren to know who I am. I want them to look at my picture and wonder about the young woman I once was.

The hard part was figuring out what style I wanted to do. I enjoy things that are vintage but felt it wouldn’t display who I am now.

I then saw the perfect dress with a pattern that reminded me of my culture. I then remembered Joshua Tree. How beauty and peace it was. It was all coming together. The theme would be, “nature, spirit, and earth.”

The interesting thing was that this photoshoot comforted me with the questions, “How much do you value yourself Monica?” From the choice of lens, to getting my make up done by Dez, to the awesome location of Joshua Tree. I even felt embarrassed to ask my photographer friends for help. I finally asked Michael who I have known for years. I told him how I felt vain, he then answered, “Its not vain, its art.”

Though I kept directing Michael and even called him my human tripod, he ended up taking some of my favorite photos when I let him do his thing.

Thank you to the two Ayala brothers that helped me. The conversation during the long drive was delightful.

Some extras we took cause we’re having so much fun:

Everyone should have a photo shoot of them selves.

Not sure which photo of these I will display in my house when I’m 60 years old until then I will enjoy my youth.

Monica Briano, video editor. photographer. dreamer

The Magic of Film

I finally develop two rolls of film today. The experiences of film just never gets old.

Here are some favorite shots from the rolls today.

Joshua Tree

More at  Journey to Salvation Mountain and  Road Trip to Salvation Mountain (35mmFilm).

David playing outside. More at Playing Outside.

My photo shoot with Olivia, more at Photoshoot: Olivia

Photo shoot with Drew. More at Photoshoot: My First Guy.

Keep in mind I did no editing with these photos. The colors you see are the rich colors of light hitting the film. With film you are just able to catch the most magical moments that maybe digital doesn’t have the patience for. The pay off and risk is indeed worth it.