This year has been full of exciting events and projects. One of which was this traveling dress project. I belong to an online community full of amazing photographers. One of the amazing photographers in the group mentioned the idea of putting together a traveling dress project and the response was amazing. So many people wanted to be a part of it that we actually had to divide into several different groups, with several different dresses, so that each dress would have time to get to everyone in the group. This amazing project was organized by the fantastic Jennie Upham of www.jennieuphotography.com. Her work is breathtaking and if you aren’t already following her, find her and do! Many thanks to her for heading up this project and suggesting it to our group.
Our group consisted of 5 photographers from different parts of the country. It was fun to see everyone’s finished product and see the different visions we all had. We hope that you enjoy the project as much as we enjoyed doing it. Also please leave us comments ( we love to read them and respond), do you have an idea for our next project? We are always looking for exciting challenges. If you like what you see don’t forget to click on the links and follow each photographer!
Traveling Dress: Navy Floral Maxi
Sarah Jackman ( Team Leader)
Model: Daughter, Alexis, age 12
I was the first to shoot this dress. It was just right for my daughter! She loved the comfort of the dress and was more than happy to be modeling it for me. We chose to head out to one of her favorite spots, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. It was the perfect place to kick off her shoes and just dance in the sand, and she did just that!
I loved the one on one time I was able to spend with her and just kept thinking about how fast she is turning into such a beautiful young lady and not my little girl anymore. She had turned 12 just days before this shoot and it seems like time has flown by. This project was a great way for her to show me that she is a little more grown up than I sometimes give her credit for, however this dress, was also perfect for both of us to remember that she is in no hurry to grow up too fast and still loves to just play in the sand and dance in the wind.
Model: Marin 10 years old
When I saw the dress and its warm, floral colors, the vision of golden, evening light with big sky came to mind. Our local golf club would be the perfect location as it sits right at the top of a very high hill unencumbered by the typical high trees of the PNW. My daughter loved the look and feel of the dress and added her own flair with a fun summer hat and sunglasses. She giggled a ton when I told her to just dance and twirl but quickly relaxed into the moment and just had fun with it. As she is naturally shy, it was a joy to see her express herself so freely as well as being a wonderful bonding experience for us both.
San Antonio, Texas
Model: Madison, 13 years old
I knew I wanted Madison to model for me before I even saw the dress!
I met Yvonne, Madison's mom, several years ago when my husband was stationed at Camp Pendleton, and I had photographed their family a few times while we all still lived in California. Yvonne and I both happen to be from San Antonio, so we both moved back here when the Marines were no longer dictating where we should live. ;) I realized we would be back in Texas when it was my turn with the dress, so I reached out to Yvonne to see if there was any chance that I could photograph Madison in it.
Though she'd rather be in cleats on the soccer field, Madison agreed to model the dress for me and I was ecstatic! We met up for dinner in New Braunfels and walked around the quaint downtown in search of good light and good cupcakes. :) Seeing how Madison has matured into a beautiful young woman was the highlight of my evening, and I couldn't be happier that she was willing to participate in this project with me!
Model Adalina 11
Website - https://www.seraphinephotography.com/
I received the dress the day before the fourth of July and was really excited to finally have it on hand as the last person to receive it I had been waiting anxiously. I love the color and the contrast of the pink flowers against the navy blue fabric, Its made of polyester, making it light and velvety to the touch, the round neckline and short sleeves make it an absolutely comfortable summer dress that would fit perfectly at the beach. Naturally, I decided to use the beach as the backdrop for my photographs. We got to Nantasket Beach in Hull MA which is located 20 miles south of Boston MA. We ended up using the rocks to shield from the bright summer's sun which warmed the entire ground with its warm glowy rays.
My model, Adalina - 11, fell in love with it as soon as she saw it she loved the way the fabric fell on her and felt and she even discovered that it has pockets.
Fox Images Photography
Photographer: Jen Fox
Model: Sophie 10
The middle of my back was the proud owner of a twisting cramp. My feet were tired and jelly legs were setting in. It was a LONG day of sessions throughout an unseasonably warm spring afternoon. As I walked down the trail toward the parking area I saw her beaming smile running toward me. My baby girl was headed my way and I remembered that my day wasn’t quite done yet. Clients may have gone home but now it was my turn to play. The traveling dress had arrived—for a few days it was ours. It was ours to play, dance, twirl…and then send it along hoping we’d done enough to fill it with Northern NJ memories and leave our mark on this journey.
When our friends began this group, inspired by others who have done the same, it was a no brainer to jump on board. Photography can be a lonely business at times. We work for ourselves, plan by ourselves and put ourselves out there to have our work (hopefully) be accepted—to hopefully use our gifts and talents to share our joy for capturing memories with those we’re blessed to meet. But to have friends who not only know the ups and downs of our business but who truly know WHY we’re passionate about what we do, well that just fills my heart! We may live in all different states, different time zones and even capture memories in different styles but our passions are all the same. I felt so blessed to not only get to share this traveling dress with some of the sweetest friends I know, but to have my very own little girl be the one I was able to twirl with!
Oh if this dress could talk….
Once again, we hope you enjoyed our journey and hope that you will continue to follow us as we try new projects and challenges. We love what we do and love to share that love with others.
“I love this life. I feel like I am always catching my breath and saying, ‘Oh! Will you look at that?’ Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary life. You don’t look for pictures. Your pictures are looking for you.”
– Harold Feinstein