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“Your hair is so cool.” One of the young girls cooed at Ange as her and her friend finished taking photos and walked by us on the path. “I just love coming here. Its like everything here is a muse. So inspiring for creative energy.”
There are plenty of reasons that I love shooting with Ange from Hairspray and High Heels, but the one that always sticks out is how she is unabashedly herself. And, as if that isn’t enough, I love watching how that affects other people who cross our path. Ange’s summer look included Rainbow hair. Crop top. Combat boots. I’m not sure Longwood Gardens knew what hit it.
During my shoot with Ange, I noticed (and wrote in my blog post) about how people were constantly interrupting our shoot to comment on her hair or her outfit or her overall demeanor. Its like her confidence and comfort forms this tractor beam that draws in everyone’s attention in the surrounding area. This shoot wasn’t any different, as the quote above proves.
Those young girls were probably in their late teens and had been posing by pink flowers that were awash in glowy, almost-the-end-day golden sunlight as we walked by. I have no way of knowing, but I can only imagine that those photos were later posted to Instagram, probably with a caption inevitably referencing something hip that I am too old to understand. I also have no way of knowing whether or not they though of Ange after that moment of admiration and potential recognition. I don’t think they actually recognized Ange as who she is specifically, but more so that they recognized something familiar. They saw their desire to be bold and confident and themselves reflected back from an older someone who lives it everyday. I hope they saw that. And I hope they remember that.
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Hi, I'm Dylan, a photographer in the Philadelphia Metro Area. I love iced coffee, red wine, and am always up for binging Gilmore Girls or Parks and Rec..