Kapalua, originally uploaded by Mizomi Photography.
Whenever I plan to work with a new model, one of the first things I do is ask them if they have someone (friend/relative) that can come along with them as an escort. Some photographers don't like to have escorts at the shoot, but to me it's always nice to have them there to help the model feel comfortable and also assist with the shoot.
Back in September I did a photoshoot with Makenzie. When we started planning the shoot, she asked if her mom could accompany her on the shoot. Of course, I agreed.
On the day of the shoot, I found out from another photographer that Makenzie's mom was also recovering from a recent back surgery. So I decided to try as much as possible to not have her do anything too strenuous.
In spite of that, Makenzie's mom was a really big help on the shoot - holding reflectors and helping us move equipment from location to location. You could tell she really enjoyed watching her daughter's photoshoot, even encouraging her daughter to try some wacky shots as well.
When we wrapped up the shoot and got back to my car, I loaded the images into my MacBook Pro and had Makenzie and her mom look through the shots.
It was getting kinda dark and chilly in the parking lot but the two of them sat together for a long time, huddled over the laptop and choosing the ones they liked.
A few days ago I received this email from Makenzie:
Just checking in, and seeing how you were doing!
I'm definitely missing Maui, and i have a feeling i will be back with in the next year!
I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing shoot! Honestly that shoot means more to me than any shoot so far! I appreciate you taking the time to do the shoot and all you're work you put into it! but more than anything I want to thank you for letting my mom come along! 3 weeks after we got back from our trip my mom passed away! and that shoot is one of my favorite memories that I have because she got to come along and see the whole process, she was always my biggest fan and i know it truely made her happy and as it does me that she got to be there! I'm not trying to give you a sob story but mainly just tell you have much I appreciate all of the great photos I received from the shoot, the things i learned from working with you, and for being such an awesome and caring person and being flexible to having my mom come along! It really truely means alot!
Thanks again! and maybe hopefully next time im in Maui we can work together again
Hope things are going well in your neck of the woods or rainforest ;-)
Talk to you soon,