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Charis – An Ugly Location Challenge

Molly Schweim

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An Ugly Location Challenge:
The idea is that you take a client/model in a location that is deemed “ugly”, and create art. This is definitely not a new concept. People have been doing shoots like these for years! But this was definitely a first for us.
How We Met:
It was New Year’s when I first met Charis. I saw her from across the room and it was like magic. I knew I absolutely HAD to photograph her.  I made my way over to her, stumbled (mumbled) my little speech (trying my best to not sound like a complete creep) and asked her to be my model for a day. I got her number and made plans to set up a shoot!
Sounds so perfect, right? yeah, nope. After texting her once, I completely disappeared for a year. I was like one of those memes where someone looks super scared as they say “nope” and take off running.
I am so glad, and a little embarrassed, that I over came whatever it was and went out for a little adventure.
Our Shoot:
Our original plans fell through, and we had no idea what to do. The past two weeks, we’ve been working hard on getting our home cleaned, organized and feeling spring fresh. I’ve been trying to find a new coffee table (seriously, though…why is it so hard to find a nice coffee table?!). So we made the decision to take her with us while we shop and shoot in all the ugly, thrifty places.
Here’s some fun facts that we learned while we were shooting –
1) You gain more respect from a manager/owner of an established place if you ask for permission to shoot on their property. (thrift store)
2) Hobby Lobby gave us a hard “no” without blinking an eye. So, we went to Michael’s and they were so warm and inviting!
3) In addition to #3, Menard’s would have been fun…..if only we didn’t ask for permission.
4) I’m still looking for a store that sells ceiling lights. (seriously, comment ideas!)
After our session outside, we did do an in-home boudoir session! Stay tuned to that because it was FIRE!
Charis, you are a magical unicorn and we soooooo look forward to shooting with you again! <3

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