thrift shop

Thrift Shop

Sometimes the idea comes before the wardrobe, and sometimes the wardrobe comes before the idea: these are the methods that I use to plan new projects. It was during my second trip to the Bellevue Goodwill when I stumbled upon this big, shiny dress. There was something about it that made me think it would come in handy one day, and it was only 14 bucks; so I bought it!

A few weeks later I began planning a photo adventure with Michelle Henley. This project is the perfect example of the wardrobe coming before the idea. I was struggling to figure out what direction I wanted to go with the project when I remembered the big, shiny dress I had purchased. Sometimes you just never know what will turn out to be a good purchase. I woke up on a sunny Saturday morning, did my makeup and headed out with dress in hand. We played in different rooms in Michelle's house and roamed the fields in the park, taking photos the whole way through.

I've learned to enjoy the simplicity in things; a big production is nice, but sometimes a fun adventure with nothing but you and the photographer can be just as beautiful.

Photographer: Michelle Henley