These were taken by one of my favorite photographers, Natasha Wilson. I had been wanting to work with her and we ended up collaborating on a neckwear shoot years later. At the time of this shoot, I had a severe herniated disc in my back and could hardly walk, sleep, or do much of anything for months due to the pain. I was actually propping myself up which is why I’m in sort of a funny stance. That year I was reminded to never take anything for granted, especially my health. Still, I love the way Natasha captured the lighting and motion at the charming Madeline Garden tea house in Pasadena where we did the shoot!
It’s a strange feeling when you look back at a photo taken during a difficult time in your life. Sometimes it makes me feel grateful or proud that I’ve moved past a challenge I faced. Other times I wish I had enjoyed the moment more, because things weren’t as bad as they felt at the time. Do you ever feel this way?
Laurel wears L’atiste By Amy skirt and top