There's an emotionally raw quality to Christy Flaherty's work that makes it impossible to look away. Maybe it's because of her early connections to devices that allowed for memories to be created, like "video camcorders and disposable cameras - really anything I could get my hands on. It was always an outlet that allowed me to experiment and let my imagination run wild. Now photography is a way for me to connect with that sense of wonder I had as a child - always fascinated with capturing moments in time that would otherwise be forgotten."

The visceral, passionate quality of her work is very much on show in the The Girls Who Dream series, which we are proud to feature here at The 405. "Early on a Saturday morning, I was greeted by Shelby's dogs, Nanook and Luna, as she brought out piles of thrifted floral robes and white lingerie," she explains as she details the photoshoot. "Cayce was crouched over an old mirror on the old wood floor, finishing her makeup. The whole day was a blur of wrangling pups and experimenting with different ideas - slowly letting go of control or worry. We moved with the light from room-to-room while 80s new wave songs played in the background."

"Once we got to the bedroom, it felt natural for Cayce & Shelby to be close - cuddling under Shelby's grandmother's lamp or primping by an old vanity," she continues. "We listened to The Virgin Suicides soundtrack as they jumped on the bed. We laughed like we were teenagers again - for a couple of hours, we didn't have any responsibilities or self-doubt. We finished shooting on the porch, while Shelby smoked one of her boyfriend's cigarettes. At the end of the day, this shoot was a refreshing celebration of their individual confidence and the bond that they share."

Check out the full set below, and be sure to check out more of Christy's work by heading here.


Credits
Photographer: Christy Flaherty
Models: Shelby Sheppard @shelbyann.photo & Caycegale Cooter @cacoots

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