Week 16 – Octopus shoot Behind the Scenes. Photographed Week 10
Behind the Scenes: This was absolutely one of my favorite sessions, both because the artists involved were so fun, but also due to my attachment to the original concept. I envisioned my meditation being physically created on the Oregon coast and was able to articulate it to the creatives. They in turn ran with it and made it amazing. First I called Matthew Mattison. “Matthew, you don’t know me, but I know one of your clients. He has an octopus tattoo.” I proceeded to tell him about the Finding Beauty in Cancer project as well as the meditation, which was partially inspired by his tattoo. “I’m in,” he said. “You can have any Thursday, my day off.” Amazing generosity and so much raw talent. He literally took an ink pen and freehanded the “tattoo” onto me before painting it in with children’s face paints. Next I contacted Becca Blevins as I knew her dynamic wedding photography and could see her creating something dramatic at the Oregon coast. “Yes,” was her immediate answer. Then I contacted Kirstie Wright, my favorite local make up artist, to add the finishing touches. Perfect! The four of us, along with my good friend and sometimes photo assistant, Leisl Stientjes, traveled to Manzanita and the home of my new friend and client, Susan Sanderson, where I was gracefully laid out on the kitchen table and painted. As the afternoon light began to fade, Matthew and Kirstie applied the last of their color and we flew down the highway (wrapped in a shower curtain) toward Arcadia Park. The sun was setting as we ran toward the low tide.