Some things flow straight from the soul — effortlessly and without thought. That's how my work in the past with Tommy Valencia has been.
But this glorious, spontaneous afternoon, high up in the Santa Monica Mountains, was different — it was Tommy's first hike since he had his left leg amputated just two years ago.
I'd been wanting to take him to the mountains for a shoot, but I was hesitant — I wasn't sure it was possible, or that it was my place to push the boundaries of possibility for him. But the other day, he told me that he just ran the Los Angeles marathon. After learning that, the gates of adventure were open and we headed to the top of the world for some yoga.