As a photographer, I've always wanted to be able to capture the moments in people's lives. To memorialize happiness and sadness, love, beauty, and connection. Too often are we able to get so wrapped up in life that we don't find a way to stop and capture what's going on around us. As an artist, I use my skills with photography to paint the picture that's told to me, capturing the emotion of my clients into the pictures.
There exists a certain kind of madness that is created as I begin learning more about my subjects. Deep within my mind, it stirs away at how and where the best shots could be taken to capture their life and story in one photo. Recently, I elected to take on my first big project. I reached out to local San Antonio model and photographer groups looking for a model who could help me with this. Together between our experiences, I wanted to attempt to fabricate a story from scratch that will tell a story withgreat impact.
For that, I picked a topic near and dear to me, suicide and depression. While I personally have struggled with these issues, I also have reached out and helped many others deal with it as well. Knowing too well the silent struggle that affects many Americans and others across the world, I sought to build a story that would connect viewers with the subject, my model, and help them understand more of the daily struggles.
I met with my model at the Wonderland Mall of Americas in San Antonio, Texas. Her modeling agency's manager was there, and together the three of us discussed my idea. With a solemn fascination of creating a story that could connect and potentially reach out and help others, we elected to start the project immediately. Within a few days we had set a time and date, and with that we began our shoot.
This project remains unfinished as of this post, but already I have strived to use every bit of my knowledge and talent to try and create the most beautiful, connective photos I can, drawing viewers into the stories, the characters, and more importantly, the issue being discussed. We worked hard, traveling all around the central Texas nearly exhausting our adventurous spirits as we struggled to find locations that would fit the theme. After a full days work of shooting and adventuring, we barely scratched the surface of our story.
I as an artist and photographer, and as someone who struggles with depression, am wanting to take as long as it takes to fully nail down this project. I have to give a huge thanks to my model Evangelina Arredondo and to her boyfriend for volunteering to work with me on this project. We all have our own personal stories relating to suicide and depression, as well as many other people whom I know.
I appreciate you all for reading this, and I can not wait to unveil the final product soon. This is my first big undertaking, and I hope to deliver one of my proudest photoshoots to date.