When you’re a creative, sometimes you have to work on projects that you don’t really want to. Wish you could write copy for the hottest tech companies in Silicon Valley but are stuck figuring out how to make tampons sound “cool, modern and relatable to the millennial consumer”? It happens all of the time. Hell, sometimes you work in an entirely non-creative role. However, if you love creating, you’ll go the extra mile and do just that in your free time as often as you can. Be it writing, painting or building furniture out of reclaimed driftwood and recycled New York City Transit MetroCards (which actually sounds kinda cool), if you’re a creative, you are driven to practice your craft no matter what the cost. You won’t let whatever your 9-to-5 job might be hold you back and bypass any thoughts of not being good enough.
Fuck what the haters might say and give your self-doubt a swift kick in the balls. It’s time to get to work.
Enter one of my latest projects with my homegirl Fiona. Last fall, I picked up a Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens (also known as a pancake lens) and decided I wanted to test it out on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Fiona, someone who I’ve known now for years, takes a mean picture so I asked if she would be interested in modeling for me. She was down and while she got ready in her dope 2-bedroom Williamsburg apartment, we got to chatting about our passions, how we tried to incorporate them into our every day lives and more. It was yet another conversation that I was having which confirmed the fact that I didn’t just want to create, I needed to.
So, Fiona and I hit the streets for a photoshoot. She posed. I photographed. Here are the results.
Love you, Fi! xo