My Lady-A Plum Tree Session


Every Spring I anticipate this. My Lady shows up in her be-petaled skirts and begs to be photographed. She twirls and dances in the warm Spring breezes, posing for me with delight. She is truly one of my favorite subjects. She challenges me. Every year, she comes. Every year, I look at her with new eyes, fresh eyes. One subject. So much possibility. Each facet of her is different..from the small details to the collective whole. She tells a new story with each photo.

I look at her. I study her limbs…her finery. I step this way, and then that. Up, down, straight on, up close….far away. I know my time is limited. Just a few days at best. She only dons her fancy duds for a brief time before she settles into her plain plum colored robe for the summer.

This year, I was not only excited to photograph her again, but also excited to use my Velvet 56 lens from Lensbaby. This lens is so dreamy. Wide open, it creates ethereal portraits that literally glow. It has macro capabilities as well, allowing me to truly get up close and personal. Thankfully, My Lady doesn’t mind this at all. She’s proud of her beauty. The Velvet 56 allowed me to experiment in new ways, which I love. I enjoy being stretched and practicing “seeing”.

Even now, as I look out my window, I see her changing. I won’t see her in her beautiful spring garments for another year. But, I have these gorgeous photographs to remind myself that she will return. There is always Spring, always hope.

“For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.
The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.

The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!'”
~Song of Solomon 2:11-13

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