Back in June, after months of daydreaming, coordinating, hiring, and planning; I shot what I felt was my first true EDITORIAL. The plan all along was for it to be published. OF COURSE it would be published. It's a GREAT idea, how could it NOT be published. So here I sit, these months later and it still hasn't been accepted for publication. Really that's not completely true, because one publication wanted it, but for a fee, and I was warned to steer clear of that.... and another showed interest but typically featured more "dreamy and bright" images, and in the end I wasn't willing to compromise the intended editing to fit that mold. Could be the wrong season, the wrong week, you just never really know. I've submitted to nine magazines. And in all fairness, I only heard back from 4 so maybe the other 5 are still thinking about it?????? HA! ;)
It's been emotionally diminishing. Downright frustrating. And totally sad. I've cursed myself, my work, and my style, over and over wondering why it's "not happening for me." Pitiful. A couple of weeks ago I had a really low point and thought about giving it all up. GEEZ, somebody get me a cookie. After I slept on it (not really, I'd never quit) I realized how silly I was being. If something I was doing wasn't going anywhere, then it wouldn't hurt to take a step away from it and focus on what I love and feel good doing! Working with my beloved friends/clients! Families, Kids, Maternity, Bridals, Boudoir, Hair and Makeup, all of that! That is what keeps me going and thriving, and feeling inspired! "When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming." Yep, I'm definitely a mom.
SO, that is what I am going to do! I haven't decided yet if I will try for more publications, or just throw all of these beautiful images on a blog and Facebook and call it a fun day. Undetermined as of now, but what I will do is let you see a special project from that shoot that Dimi (my husband) worked on with me. We've been playing around with the idea of offering composites for a while now. I still don't know that it's something I want us to do, but it's so much fun to see something come alive in this fun way. SO, here it is.....
Composite Editing: Dimi Arhontidis with help from Lisa Michelle Photography
Model: Toni Allison Bridwell (Koch) now with (The Dragonfly Agency)
Stylist: Lindsay Weatherread (The Campbell Agency)
Assistant to photographer: Alicia Masters
Video: Dimi Arhontidis (In Motus Veritas) with help from Brian Farmer
Dress- SIC Couture www.siccouture.com
Headpiece, Necklace, Necklace (worn as bracelet), Epaulette Body Armour, Fox Tails- H. Pederson Design Studio www.hpedersondesignstudio.com