“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.”
― Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
Sometimes as a photographer, it's hard to get people to relax. The most beautiful images are captured when someone truly feels like themselves, and to get a complete stranger to that point can be difficult.
As soon as I met Ainsley, I knew she had a story. I don't know if it was the shoulder on her tattoo or the look in her eye, but I could feel so much resilience and strength coming from that tiny girl -- excuse me -- young woman. Her boyfriend stood by her side, eager to help me help this girl come out of her shell. So as I often tell my clients, we went on an adventure. The sunflower fields at Gregg Farms spans far over an acre of land and it's presence can be a bit overwhelming. There is nature literally everywhere, and you kind of become transported into a new magical land, which, in 2020, isn't a bad thing. Her smiles were beautiful, but those stares when her face sort of settled were gorgeous and exuded strength.
Ainsley isn't just a delicate flower.
And that's what I tried to capture. The fighter in the girl with the curls. So maybe you can tell me if I got it right.