Two weeks ago, my friend, Zyaire, who happens to be an awesome photographer, messaged me to let me know he had some free time for a quick shoot. I was happy to take advantage, and immediately knew which outfit I wanted to use. Years ago I had bought a $6 pair of flared leggings from Ross. To be honest, I don’t even think I liked them, but they were leggings and six dollars?? I couldn’t help but do that thing where you spend money just to take advantage of a good bargain that you don’t really need. Anyways, I paired them with a $15 crop top from Express and –voilà!– I was on my way to meet up with him in my happy, slightly struggling, hippie chic attire.
We decided to meet in Glendale (the halfway point between the both of us). He had picked the Brand Library & Arts Center to be our destination. A library? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t question his artistic perspective right then and there. All I could envision were carpeted floors and shelves of well-used books. But I went along with it. He has a special way of turning lead into gold, so I was intrigued.
My GPS system got me there in a quick thirty minutes (A+ by LA traffic standards). And then, I pulled into this:
I’ve been to a fair amount of libraries in LA, and none of them remotely resemble this. I felt like I was entering some kind of old-school, majestic building.
I parked and found Zyaire, and after a quick hour or so of hopping from arch to arch, grass field to grass field, we came up with these:
Not too shabby for an hour’s worth of work, huh? I’m always impressed by Zyaire’s ability to capture images- especially mine- because, for the most part, I don’t stop talking. So somewhere between my e’s and o’s, he’s able to catch countless facial expressions. And even though two pictures may be posed nearly identical, they look different. Whether it’s the slightest curvature of my lip, or a tiny squint of my eye- each photograph is undeniably unique.
At some point I think I’ll post our past shoots as well, but that will come at a later time. For now, I’ll be over here practicing my smize in the mirror (hehe).