Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photo Shoot

Some high-flyin' photographer has got me in his sights.

Marta (a photographer in her own right) told me a few weeks ago that my Mother's Day present was going to be a portrait of the two of us. She had the appointment all scheduled for April 20th. Was that OK? I pictured a cute 5 X 7 on my bulletin board and got my hair cut for the occasion.

Tonight I got some scary details about this modeling gig. Justin Hackworth doesn't just take pictures—he produces art. He doesn't photoshop out your double chin(s) or whiten your teeth; he finds beauty in shapes and textures (otherwise called bulges and zits.) And then he puts them on his blog.

This is the third year of his Thirty Strangers Project, a fundraiser he does for women and children in crisis. Every day during April he photographs mothers and daughters for donations to this cause. It has been so successful that people from all over the country vie for the chance to be part of the project. In February he announced on his blog that he would randomly give away the 30 spots. Out of hundreds of contestants, Marta was one of the winners, and tomorrow is our big day.

I checked out his awesome website and it's obvious Justin is into truth in art. Marta says we'll finally see what we really look like. That terrified me, so tonight I've practiced sucking up my chin(s), sucking in my stomach and sucking up to the artist while looking aesthetically pleasing at the same time. The authentic arty Marty look.

If I'm appearing on anybody's blog, I need some beauty sleep. I'll give you the full story later.
I may or may not let you know when I'm the centerfold on his blog.


Tiffany said...

I read about this on Marta's blog and was so excited. I can't wait to see your portrait(s)!

Christie said...

I CANNOT wait to see these. What a fun project to be a part of. You guys will look fab.

Mrs. Organic said...

Of course you have to let us know. And you are beautiful, the pictures will be too.

Alisha Stamper | Photographer said...

i'm sure you're already there or done by now, but enjoy it, m'dear! he's amazing. a darling friend of mine participated in this last year and he truly is a marvelous photographer!

crissy said...

I'm pretty excited to see the shots that Justin decides to share from your shoot. :) I'm sure you will look marvelous!

Kay Dennison said...

I can't wait to see it!!!!

kenju said...

I just know you will be on his blog, so I'm going to bookmark it...LOL

(My word verification:
ingenart - or ingenious art
That's YOU!)

Val and Eric said...

Oma, check my post "Cherry Blossom Rain" about which apple I'd rather be. It's my comment to your wonderful opportunity. Congratulations. www.erivatro.blogspot.com
Have a great time!

the wrath of khandrea said...

you have to throw self-consciousness to the wind here. there is so much to be said for this as an art form. frankly, i wish we could see more of it, because it's such a gorgeous glimpse at true beauty. don't get me wrong, i LOOOOVE me some photoshop. but when i look at people every day, and i find them beautiful to me, it's not because they are walking around with a portable airbrush. i see the beauty of who they are, and this type of photography truly captures that. i already know yours will be gorgeous, because i already see you that way.

now if you were a big jerk, i'm pretty sure they'd turn out ugly.

Nina said...

I saw the photos that Justin put on his blog. Beautiful subjects in a beautiful photograph!

Hannah said...

I saw your portraits. You both look stunning and perfect.