GRL PWR Clothing Collection // Cleveland Heights, OH // Creator Collaboration

Let me start off this entire post by saying that this was one of those shoots that made me really step back and take a look at the beauty in what I do. Of course, I see magic in every shoot; whether it's a headshot session with a new friend when they start to really loosen up + smile, or a wedding day that's filled with tiny moments of pure joy. But this one got me thinking about the power of art + creativity in a community. These things bind us all together; the people who are a little unconventional with those who have clear-cut mindsets, the dreamers with the doers, the introverts with the extroverts. We find each other, gravitating slowly and magnetically in the way that opposites usually do, only to find that we're all pretty similar in our mission to add color to our lives. This one was one of those sessions that made me love photography for its ability to capture that magnetic force between us all, and the talent that exists within my  hometown.

This chilly Should-Be-Spring-But-It's-40º-Outside day was brought to life by Emily Roggenburk's wonderful new clothing line and some incredible, badass ladies. Emily's line is all about women's empowerment and the models that came were absolutely perfect in illustrating the line and bringing it to life. I think it goes without saying, but DAMN girls are friggin' incredible. Check out Emily's clothing line here!

I cannot thank Emily and the models enough for coming out and spending the day letting me take their photos. Check out all of the ladies on their respective social media platforms (in order of photographs posted) : Ann Marie, Alex, Tatiana, Michaela, Melissa, & Jacqueline

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Kristy Ann Cartmell // Cleveland, OH // Portrait

Around two years ago, Kristy and I were strangers in the same Large Format photography class. On the first day of class, Our professor Lynn told us to find a partner in the class so that we could make portraits of each other. Regardless of how extroverted I am in real life, the concept of having to partner up with complete strangers in a class still gives me anxiety to this day. As people began matching up, Kristy and I sat in our awkwardness until we made eye contact, probably both laughing at how uncomfortable the situation was (a common occurrence in our daily lives, especially when we're together). We partnered up, nervously fumbled with the dark cloth and film slides, and made our first ever 4 x 5 negatives, capturing each other, even then, truly and honestly. 

It's been a long time since that class; a class that brought me so many new experiences and memories that I treasure. Sure, the 4 x 5 still scares the hell out of me, but my comfort level grew as I gained new friends and mentors, Kristy being one of the most valuable humans to have entered in my life. Our friendship isn't measured in the amount of time we've spent together -- we recently discovered that we can count the amount of times we've hung out on our fingers -- instead, I determine the value of our friendship by how much color she brings into my life. The time Kristy and I spent together is illustrated in wild laughter, stories we've compiled from the months we've spent living our separate lives, and the wisdom she gives me. I'm so thankful for Kristy's presence in my life, and, dare I say, Lynn's insistence on making us partner up that August day. 

Not only is Kristy a wonderful friend and model, she's an incredible photographer. Check out her work on instagram @kristyanncartmell and her website, and her beautiful face riiiight here ⬇️

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