This is Nicole. I've been wanting to do a shoot with Nicole for a long time, and today was the day. It was even more fun than I already expected it to be. She's awesome. Easily one of the best conversationalists I've ever been around. She's great at asking questions, telling stories, and connecting. Usually I try to ask most of the questions on these shoots, but she had me talking way more than usual. That probably says a lot about Nicole. Always turning the attention to someone else. Always putting others above herself.
She's from Spring, TX which is crazy because my grandparents lived there for a really long time right after they got married when my grandpa flew for Delta. She's interned at Champion Forrest Church, which if you didn't know, is an insanely massive church. She wants to do overseas missions and was raving about her experience at Beach Reach this past Spring Break. She also wants to be a counselor, which is also crazy since counseling in some capacity is looking more and more like it might be in my future too. I feel like it's one of those things where, once you experience something that's changed your life, you want to do that for others. Both of us have been through counseling (I'm in it right now), and it's been an incredible experience. We talked about how horrible the stigma around it is, and how it'd be awesome if that could be erased and people would understand it for what it is. It's not just for the people at rock-bottom. It's for everyone.
When we were finishing the shoot, Nicole told me that she used to struggle with an eating disorder (something she's always open about). And when I texted her last week to ask her to do this shoot, she said, even though she's free from the disorder, it happened to be a day when she was struggling more than usual. She almost told me no because of that, but then she decided to let these photos be a way of overcoming and reminding herself of her identity and her beauty. That was awesome. I love hearing how photos can help people. Sometimes in photography, you take some photos and that it. Sometimes you take photos and it really matters and makes a difference. The former is cool I guess, but the latter is where I find fulfillment in it all. I'm so glad she decided to share that with me.
It feels great to be back in the Tuesday @ 7 game. I had an idea last night involving it that's really different that I really want to do. It'll take some planning but I think it'd work. If you'd want to be involved, let me know. I don't know how. I guess you could tweet me @ianharber, but it feels weird saying that. That'd probably work though. Hope you liked this shoot!