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Monica, in(SP)ired | Music, dance, a playful spirit

Monica and I have been putting together the vision for her in(SP)iration session since March, and I’m so excited to be finally presenting it to you!

There were two concepts / visions for this shoot. Monica has so many interests, it was pretty tough for us to pare it down, but we did it! From a series of “helter-skelter hodgepodge stream of ideas”, we wanted to exemplify the following: Monica loves art – she is a dancer and a pianist. Monica is fashionable and bubbly. Monica is playful and upbeat. She hopes to enter a career in public service with an interest in education. Phewph! In the process I created two inspiration boards for her.

Here’s concept #1 – the artistic side of Monica. I simply love how she brings in dance and dance movement in all these photos, and the hair flowers! Love =) At the last minute I also brought in sheet music (shoutout to my intern Ami for finding it!) to add to the feel

Though visually I knew the area that we’d picked for the photographs, we weren’t too familiar with the details of getting there. At one point we had to climb a fence… :D

This photo was the Facebook sneak peek. Yes, I did get bitten by fire ants while taking this photo, probably not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. However, the pictures were worth it

Monica dances as part of the Harvard AADT – a student dance group I used to photograph a lot back in the day

There is very little doubt as to why I really love my in(SP)iration sessions and see them as my own baby – they push my creativity and are in general, just super fun

Before part two even began, we passed a playground. SWING! Of course, Monica had to play on it :D

For part two – the playful and energetic photos, we went to the DeCordova Museum.

Something about the way her shadow falls on the umbrella on the picture on the right..

I laughed when she arrived with these balloons for the shoot. Ordinarily, balloon props for photoshoots are giant, large, and mono-colored. Monica specifically chose three whimsical balloons – Winnie the Pooh, Elmo, and a yellow smiley face. The person selling her the balloons was a little bit puzzled – “you want three??”  Really, no one ever needs permission to have more than one helium balloon.

I’m in love with this strappy strappy shoe

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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

July 19, 2011 - 9:43 am

Joanne I love the picture of picture of Monica running with the balloons – very free spirited! The shoot reflects both your and Monica’s creativity!

July 19, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Emily Love the 2nd pic!

July 20, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Briana Moore I. LOVE. THESE.

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