This shoot was an unexpected one. I flew out to Utah with a friend for the weekend to create more content for my site, and this was one of the shoots we had planned. Initially, I was going to partner with a local model for this shoot, but she ended up testing positive for Covid-19 two days before we were supposed to work together (she thankfully didn’t have symptoms, but still had to quarantine). I was devastated, and I seriously considered scrapping the idea all together, even though I had the outfit styled already. I thought maybe I could model the shoot myself, but I was really scared that I would be disappointed with the outcome; I wouldn’t be able to accurately carry out the vision for it. But life is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, because when you do, the most special things can happen!My friend and I drove out to Little Sahara together, and I gave her a crash course in photography. I adjusted the settings, and helped her set up the framing for the shots that I wanted, went through my list of poses, then edited it all — and I could not be more pleased with how it turned out! I was so proud of myself for being brave enough to go for it. Creative self portrait sessions like this are how I got interested in photography in the first place, and every time I put together a shoot where I’m playing the role of director, model, stylist, and photographer, it fuels my love for the art of creating even more.