I wanted to produce an image that was expansive... encouraging growth and openness. I was talking to a friend of mine, Belinda one night and we started chatting about working together on an image where she could help me model, and I could help her face some fears. As it turned out, we both had to face our fear of heights in order to make this image possible.
We first went to Fingal headland (I am in love with the volcanic rock formations there), but it looked like she was falling into rocks so I didn’t want to use that background for this image (although I stole the birds from Fingal for this image). So we tried again at Burleigh Headland this morning and it was just beautiful and perfect for the theme.
Belinda stood on the ledge and I had to ask her to close her eyes and lift her head (both legs were firmly on the ground for this shot, just FYI). This is not an easy thing to do when you’re scared of heights and in a challenging location. It took her a few minutes for her legs to stabilize but after allowing herself to sink in the moment, taking a few deep breaths, she was able to relax into it and actually enjoy it. Meanwhile, I was on another ledge definitely not looking down!
Once we had finished, we sat on the edge enjoying the sunrise together, setting our intention for the day & telling Mother Nature how much she rocks our world. Fear can hold us back from so many wonderful experiences if we let it… It can easily keep us locked in unhappy states of existence. But on the other side of it, there’s so much magic!