“There is nothing better than having a bucket list dream and see it come to fruition with people that you love” . It was a dream, I am still decompressing and it still feels as though it is still a dream.
When there are highlights that you live, and low-lights that you dread, it’s the people who are around when it is happening that seem to be what you remember.
Getting invited to shoot in Italy, for a project, was on my bucket list. Being there and doing it was a whole different ball game. When you have prepped for six months to shoot for 6 days, there is pressure. I knew the first morning that we began shooting, that I had to rely on something greater than me to capture what my eye saw. Although, we had it all laid out with equipment, make-up, etc. as the five of us worked as a team, there was really no need to even talk, we all knew what we were going for was nothing short of amazing.
My team consisted of Stacy (the model) Tanarah Haynie (stylist and floral design) Rob Haynie (Tutti=everything) and Chris Carper (road manager and logistics, photographer, spine when needed, etc. etc.) I knew that I could not pull off what needed to be done without this team. I will say proudly, that THEY were what made it great! We all got to know each other really well, as we were about the only ones that spoke english and very little Italian, use sarcasm or cover each other when everyone in the town wanted us to drink wine and we were trying to get a job done! Stacy was so patient, as her lovely family was back in Arkansas, to put up with 2 strong-willed couples, in small cars and rooms right next to each other.
I am proud of the amount of work that we accomplished, as egos were humbled by the opportunity and gracious hosts. The host wrote us this week and said “your joy was contagious, and that we were missed when we left.” That is not me, that was the synergy that was created among the creatives.
I wanted to share with you some of the productions shots, as the others are being reserved for possible publication and a launch of a new journey.
As this project started as something larger than us, we will revel in the moment and see where the project leads us.
For now, I am grateful for the experience, the opportunity and the relationships that were shared in the process.
all photos copyrighted 2014 Love, Life Stories, Inc. owned by Amy Carper