Beads of sweat glisten like pearls in the sun.
Days so hot and heavy with heat.
The wind that blows brings no relief.
I know of a place that is nice and cool.
But it’s not an ocean or even a pool.
It’s a river the shade of whiskey where the water flows.
Where time stands still and a cool breeze blows.
The riverbank sand is the color of gold,
and to my eyes it is a sight to behold.
When the sun goes down and day turns to night,
the fireflies come out to dance in the moonlight.
Frogs and crickets sing in perfect harmony,
a southern summer song, a sweet melody.~ Tia White
As you might surmise from the lovely poem above, it’s now Hotlanta time. I’m lucky to have a cool room, but I’m dreading the heat I’ll likely be experiencing consistently on set when I start back on The Gifted. But to look at the brighter side of the heat wave, I was reminded of this photoshoot I did with Michael Nelson when I first moved to Atlanta. I had never done a casual shoot before (i.e. no crazy makeup, hair, or high fashion). I was feeling mighty out of my comfort zone, but Michael and his team made me feel just as lovely even plain Jane as I was in this shoot. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the pictures when I got them back (as they were so different than how I was used to seeing myself), but I’ve grown to love them over the years since. The top picture has become one of my all-time favourite modeling photos! I mean who wouldn’t like a broken doll posed model wilting from the heat of a southern summer? Seems mighty appropriate for most times of the year!
Photographs: Michael Nelson Studio