When I first got into photography, I shot almost exclusively indoors. My parents (who are garage sale wizards) found an entire set of soft boxes, stands, umbrellas, lights, and backdrops.... and brought it all home for me.
I can honestly say I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but I had a lot of fun, and learned by experimenting, googling, and making lots of mistakes. I think that this was a really critical part of my development as an artist because it was a time defined by uninhibited creativity: I wasn't afraid of not being popular on social media (Instagram hadn't been invented yet), I wasn't trying to be anyone else; I was just enjoying myself and my newfound creative outlet. I learned about hair, makeup, posing, lighting. Looking back on those photos really show me how much growth has happened throughout the years. I am very grateful for the time I got to spend playing and experimenting.
Today, I shoot almost exclusively outdoors: This shoot is a tribute (and maybe the signal of my return to studio shooting?) to those times I spent playing, learning, growing.