There’s nothing I like to hear more than someone saying, “I trust you as my friend and an artist.” And it was last summer when I looked at Melissa during a boating trip wearing her brand new swim suit, wind in her hair, sun on her face, that impressed me to say, “You are totally a mermaid.” Of course, she naturally accepted this answer in joking way. But at a quick glance, she is a smart woman in college, kind to everyone, sweet personality, and attentive listener. In my perspective,however, Melissa has a wild side that comes out when her friends need it the most. Though her actions stay within reason, her imagination and love for fantasy inspired me to dress her up as I see her. And naturally that is a mermaid. Beautiful, sweet, and mischievous 😉
With a hot glue gun, store bought shells, and a plastic pearl necklace, I put together a crown for the fantasy sea queen she is. Her and features and fair complexion worked wonderfully with the color palette I chose last minute. And we giggled the whole time as we set up our makeshift underwater cove, and she posed like a champion with every direction I gave her. The whole project is always worth it when they let go of any insecurity they might have and see the finished product. Hearing Melissa say, “Oh my gosh, I really am a mermaid!” means I did my job right.
Here are her best photos from the whole shoot!