Nature often helps me reset my brain when getting bogged down with daily work. So I took the opportunity to give myself a break and have some fun with a beautiful soul, Bita, for a personal photo project I’ll call “Nature’s Bride.” We weren’t communing with nature necessarily but wanted to incorporate a sense of nature into the work. With no real pressures, this project was just what I needed…to be able to play for a couple of hours.
Bita (pronounced Bee-ta) is a recent Earlham College graduate. Her Instagram profile reads “Humanitarian, Dancer, Actress, Filmmaker, Photographer.” She is incredibly talented and has a way with the camera.
Brandon Stanton thinks so too. You know him. HONY (Humans of New York). Bita was all “high-fashion” with Ameila Stanley at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2013. She decided to explore this chaotic place and suddenly saw Brandon Stanton behind her–so she taped his shoulder and told him that she was a huge fan of his work, especially Humans of Iran since she is Iranian. He said, “Let’s go take a photo.” They had a pretty long conversation and she was featured on the site.
Marking the most of every moment, Bita has interned with the Joffrey Ballet company, participated in the New York Arts Program, and is now off to graduate school in the fall, studying of course, dance.
The shoot was done with various mixes of two Elinchrome Quadra’s, a beauty dish, 6 ft. softbox, white walls and natural skylight. Here are a couple of outtakes from our late afternoon playing around.