It's not every photography client who will track through Oak Creek and
hike up steep red rocks. Athena's vision for her photo shoot became clear as we sat together at
Creekside Coffee to discuss her goals for her company. Athena is a therapist who works to help women empower themselves. For the photo shoot she wanted to show that she is a powerful goddess connected to nature, the mother earth, and the beautiful Sedona landscape. Athena has had professional photos done before but this time she wanted the photos to “capture my lighter spiritual side. That would definitely be something different for me!”
Athena brought along two dresses, one white and one black, and a concept. “I think it will be fun to make the shoot more about balance and capturing these somewhat opposing aspects of self.’ Originally the weather called for monsoon rains so with my knowledge of these storms we scheduled in enough time to make up for any storm delays. Mother Nature was good to us and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. The filtered light through the clouds made everything perfect and I was able to capture the beautiful woman Athena is!
In love with the hair and makeup for this shoot by Sedona Beauty Team!
Athena impressed me with her commitment to her goals on this shoot. You see, although she loves and connects deeply with nature, the cathedral rock hike was one of the hardest hikes Athena had ever done. She also didn't tell me before the shoot that she had a fear of heights. At the steepest part of the hike you have to place your shoe in a crack to get up to the top of Cathedral Rock. She almost turned around right there but with a little encouragement she overcame her fear of heights so that she could capture the beauty of the red rocks at the place where she had visualized it happening. I was so proud of her for getting out of her comfort zone and showing off her powerful
Athena, I had an absolutely adventurous & gorgeous day taking photo with you! I am so proud of you for conquering her fear of heights and trekking though slippery waters to get amazing photos that truly show what a beautiful goddess you are! You are unforgettable :)