It was a grey, misty morning the day we first shot Damianne. We had only just met, and we wanted to do a quick set to warm up, both for her sake and for ours. It can be a little strange for all involved, to meet a woman for the first time and then moments later have her stand naked in front you. So we wanted to give everyone a chance to ease into the shooting we had planned for the day. Maybe if it had a bright, sunny morning we would have felt livelier or more energized, but with pale light coming into the usually bright room it was hard to think of cheerfulness and levity. It quickly became apparent, though, that beauty has a power over us that we never give it credit for. As soon as Damianne started posing, even the mere act of her leaning against a wall, or stretching out a long, elegant leg, or arching her graceful back made us feel lighter, brighter, somehow more alive. She seemed to glow from within, regardless of how grey it was outside. Whether it was her creamy skin, the sensuous glow in her intelligent eyes, or simply the graceful way she knew how to shape her beautiful body, she filled that small, pale room with light. We've always thought beauty was a kind of beacon in the dark, lighting the way for lost souls, but it can also lift your spirits when things are merely quiet and grey, not good but not bad, middling in that dull way that can lull you into apathy. Let beauty be that for you when the grey days cloud your vision and keep you from seeing the light.