Although I may be somewhat prejudiced in how I view my compassionate, intelligent, talented and beautiful daughter, it was a wonderful experience to watch Alisha’s transformation from grounded mother, daughter, wife and jeweler into the realm of Goddess.
Alisha met Emily, the traveling photographer and facilitator of transformative photo shoots, at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this past February. A collaboration between Emily of Sonoran Muses and Marty Magic Jewelry unfolded this summer.
We were instructed to bring flowers, so the afternoon before Alisha picked flowers from a neighbor’s garden to be woven into a flower headdress. She choose three outfits; one of which Emily would choose for the shoot.
The day of the photo shoot started early and we arrived at Emily’s host house in Boulder Creek at 6:30 A.M. From the three outfits Alisha had brought, the white dress won hands down and Alisha’s transformation began. Applying makeup and arranging the flowers in Alisha’s hair took nearly three hours. We sipped coffee, chatted and laughed a lot throughout.
The drive from Boulder Creek to Shark’s Fin Cove took nearly an hour but we were finally on location by 11:00 A.M. The day was visually beautiful, but what you can’t see in the photos is the chill, or wind factor, and Alisha was scantily clothed. While I bundled my coat and scarf around me and tried to keep out of the wind, it was necessary for Alisha to step bravely out into the elements and to keep her teeth from chattering.
The photo shoot took two hours and I knew that Alisha was chilled to the bone especially after wading into the waves inside the cave grotto for the final set of silhouette photos.