Cheyenne Gil, 'the queen', as I often refer to her. Ugh. I sit here trying to think of what to say that I haven't already said about this woman. She's just awesome and we could use more souls like hers in the world, today. When I was in the midst of the move to Annapolis, she made time to hang with me, so I visited her at her new-ish studio space in Kensington. It is absolutely incredible. Distressed white brick walls, old, gorgeous hardwood floors, and SO much light. A Philadelphia based photographer's dream studio. We sometimes tend to overthink the styling when we just shoot each other for fun. So, it wasn't a surprise when we both said "fuck it" and agreed that her, as she puts it, 'white granny bra" would be the better option to pair with some simple black lace undies. And it was. This session was a sort of "back to basics" session. I used it as the perfect opportunity to focus on photographing differently, with shadows in mind. And I just love these photos of her. Sometimes when you photograph someone so often, it is hard to continuously find new ways to portray them. I don't seem to have this problem with Chey. I mean aside from the fact that she' s absolutely stunning, we are always at different crossroads in our lives when we meet up and shoot, and I think that has so much to do with the quality of images I take of her. If that even makes any sense. She let's her guard down, she stays present, and she remains real. Always.
I love this session and I hope you do, too.