I felt like I needed to write a blog about this piece, mostly because of the meaning around it.
This was one of the toughest images I have created both photographing and editing wise, but it was so worth it.
When I decided to go outside on my front lawn and do this, it was 5 degrees out with 30kmh winds, so, needless to say, I was freezing cold, lol. I wasn't sure of the pose that I wanted, but I knew what I wanted to come across, so standing strong with my hands clasped together in front of me, was the first idea that came to mind. I knew I wanted leaves blowing by, my dress and hair moving.
The boys and I collected a HUGE bag of leaves for Ryan to throw at me which now looking at the images, I think he enjoyed a little too much, lol.
I took my images first and then timed it to capture the leaves flying while Ethan and Ryan threw the leaves around. The leaves on the ground, those were all there......yes we have a ton of leaves in the fall.
I took these images over a month ago then I struggled with a few things in my personal life and just couldn't edit it. I find that I need to be in a certain mindset to sit down for many hours to create my work, so it fell to the back burner. Finally on Friday I was able to work on it, all day and when I was finished I felt very proud of myself for accomplishing this image, which I honestly wasn't sure I could do.
So now to the image and the meaning behind it. Some of my close friends know everything that is going on or has gone on the past 4.5 years, this isn't just about my Mom, but that is how it started and when it started. I feel, especially lately that things are constantly changing, some of those things are good, but there is also very bad things as well and I find that I have to just stand strong while everything is going on and be at peace with it, which is not easy to do most days. The leaves and the wind represent the chaos, it just whips around you, not caring what it does or who it affects. I am so happy with how this turned out!!