Meet Camille, a musician in Nashville, Tennessee with a heart of gold! I met Camille a few years ago at a mutual friend’s bachelorette party (whose recent sunflower maternity session you can see here!) Camille and I had talked about photos a few times over the years, but recently we finally made it happen! I think both of us are so glad we did! The resulting photos perfectly expressed both of our visions!
Camille first reached out to me wanting photos at the sunflower farm. Unfortunately, it had already been closed for the season. She gave it her best to find another location filled with sunflowers but it seems the flowers had all decided their time had come.
Inspiration hit while I was working on photos for my 12th South Mural post. One of the murals (at Green Pea Salon) is completely floral! I didn’t know if Camille would go for it, but I sent her one of the photos as a suggestion for floral photos. Camille LOVED this idea, and on top of that said she had actually envisioned her next photoshoot being in front of a flower mural, but she didn’t even know that one existed so close to us! Obviously it was meant to be.
Before leaving 12th south, we also made use of the nearby ivy-covered textured wall for a few extra photos. I am obsessed with Camille’s whole look in these photos. The bandana patterned tube top, the scarf in her hair, and also just her hair!! Doesn’t she have amazing hair?! And what an infectious smile and laugh!
I’d been itching to do some dreamy photos in a creek. For those of you who do not know me well, I am obsessed with creeks (I even mention it in part of my about me). Before moving to Tennessee, I lived near a creek. I often visited it, especially in times when I felt my soul needed rest. Recently I discovered a creek just down the road from me! Camille and I used this for our final location as the sun was getting lower in the sky. Camille changed into an ivory dress (always my go-to!) and for some of the photos wore a flower crown that I created myself.
I used a technique called “freelensing” for a few photos. Freelensing is a technique where the lens is not attached the camera body. I had to manually manipulate the lens to create my desired effect. It creates such a dreamy look you can’t get any other way! I even managed to accidentally create a rainbow light-leak while freelensing!! SO DREAMY, am I right?!
True to my style, and also Camille’s, we did so many hair-focused photos. I had her toss her hair and she executed it flawlessly! I always manage to make the weirdest faces while tossing my hair around, but Camille has the smize down pat!
Camille got out her phone and started playing music to set the mood for these later photos. She got out a scarf and just danced in the water. Effortless magic.
Near the end, we got out Camille’s sunflower bouquet from earlier. Camille had the idea of tearing off petals and dropping them in the water to flow downstream. So dreamy. So moody. I’m obsessed.
We ended the shoot with Camille taking mud from the creek water and putting it on her face, like war paint. Seriously, she is a dream to work with.
As we were tossing her hair again (for the millionth time) my card literally ran out of room. Yes, I filled up an entire 32 gb card with this amazingness!! Can you blame me?! When I’m working with this amazingness?!
From Camille’s website, she talks about the vision behind her last album:
Her songs paint pictures of love’s beauty and power. The songs give glimpses from her travels around the US and the world where she saw beauty in the midst of poverty and injustice, joy in the midst of extreme sickness, and acceptance among a family of strangers.
But vulnerability has its costs: “In the middle of this process I almost ran from all of it. While writing my music and being in Nashville around so many talented musicians, I realized that my voice, sound, theme, lyrics, songs, and package was totally different than the music around me. I felt tremendous pressure to mold into being less different. I almost rewrote all my songs and wanted to take a huge break.
But I decided to push through with the momentum already behind the album, so what you get on this album is raw and real. I had to let perfect go. The album represents the beautiful mess of love. Its not supposed to sound perfect… it’s supposed to feel real.
I like to think that we also captured this feeling – letting go of perfection and embracing vulnerability. The mess of love. Something that is raw and real. More sessions like this one, please!
Bonus Animated video of Camille’s Stellar Hair Tossing: