I recently had the pleasure to work with young aspiring stylist Giovonnie Gonzalez of Swerve Hair Salon located at 1419 N Wells Chicago. Giovonnie came to me to assist him in building a stronger image identity for himself and his work. We started out with a meeting to discuss ideas and figure out how many sessions and shoots it would take to accomplish the goals we were developing. Overall it’s looking like we will need about 4 to 5 total productions/shoots to end up with our final product of strong images of Giovonnie, Images of him doing hair, professional shots of the finished hair styles, and an identity video of Gio and his work. These are some samples of our first and very successful shoot where we concentrated on portraiture of Gio. The shot above is my favorite. As always when people end up in front of my camera I want to see them; their insides, what they would look like if I could see through them. I strive to capture that intimacy of identity and personality. Of course often part of this process for me is an attempt to strip them down which ideally always includes shedding the facade of stylish clothing. When I asked Gio to remove his shirt, he smiled and did so with a sweet and sincere sense of willing vulnerability. When he pulled his shirt off and I read his chest piece I knew this moment was meant to be and the beginning of great creation and collaboration. God is Love. God is Love. Anyone who knows me well could only imagine how my heart melted at the sight of this bold statement of commitment he had chosen to make and bare on his flesh. God is Love. Below I will include a few other images from our first shoot. Stay tuned to watch the growth of this collaboration for what I’m sure will be a great and beautiful result. Gio, thank you for opportunity to get to know and work with you. I immensely look forward to our continued growth as creative beings inspired by love and God.