Kurt – I have to admit that when I first met Joy I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I think that I, like many photographers in a similar situation, wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into. Here I had connected with a Tantrick sex goddess on the internet. I had seen some of her pictures and was intrigued with this woman who was so open and honest in her blog and yet so restrained and conservative in her public images. I was a victim of making an assumption about her “wild and edgy side” It was the reason behind one of my first questions when we met, “What do you hope to gain from this shoot and what are you comfortable showing.” Joy immediately set me straight. She looked at herself as a “rustic old hippie” and we went with that and I think we had a great shoot. Finding out what your model’s expectations are is probably one of the most difficult things a photographer can do and with Joy it was right out there and easy to work with.
I see a woman who is struggling with her inner demons. I know little of her personal life and what she has gone through to arrive at this period in her life. I do think that she has some very clear cut ideas of where she wants to go and is merely struggling with the exact course on how to get there. I think Joy said it best in her welcome to Tantric Boot Camp video. “It’s a little bit scary to open up.” Well I sincerely hope to be able to work with this wonderful woman in the future. Maybe I can play a small part in helping her get to where she desires to go.
Joy, I think you said it earlier, maybe “a towel and wet hair are the way to go.” Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with me. Hopefully I too will grow from the experience of having known you.