Staci works in the lab in the photo store where I work half-time and
changes her hair-styles more often than most parents change their minds.
Usually these hair-changes are subtle, one day the colour might be
blue, the next green, but when she came into work sporting a Mohawk, I
knew it had to be memorialized. I normally do little portrait work, but
the possibilities of the new hair-cut was too enticing to pass up (not
to mention the knowledge that the Mohawk might be gone in a day or a
We began the session with pretty traditional images,
which worked fine from a photographic perspective, but failed utterly to
capture what I wanted to convey. Once we added Staci's skateboard to
the session however, it all came together. Where before I was trying to
fit something non-traditional into a traditional format, with only
moderate success, once I added something more of Staci's world to the
image, it all came together.