When I was little, I loved looking through my parents’ wedding album. It wasn’t so much that I was into weddings as a little girl, but more that I was interested in what my parents’ lives were like before I knew them. Before they knew me. I’ve been obsessed with hearing stories about what their lives were like when they were my age and younger since I can remember. Tell me a story from when you were little, I used to say over and over again as a little girl, while they insisted that their earlier lives weren’t actually all that exciting. But then I would beg harder and be rewarded with stories about how much my mom hates picking chicken eggs, having free run of a whole mountain, getting pinned by a bull, the time my grandma was chased by a turkey, or the time my dad drove a sick calf the whole way to the Penn Vet School in Philadelphia by himself when he was just 16 so it could be studied. It’s an understatement to say that I’m really into family history and lore.
So when I encountered Inna’s Vintage Beauty Project on Instagram, I was super intrigued. Her work is breathtaking, and I wanted to be a part of it. I sent an email, asking if she was looking for more people to photograph and attached a photo of my mom’s wedding dress.
I can’t believe I haven’t shared this here yet; the shoot happened late last fall, right as the weather turned frigid. A client project I’m wrapping up also features some of Inna’s work, and it reminded me that I have these amazing shots that I’ve neglected to share!