Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


April 14, 2013

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In the last six years, we have braved rain, snow, wind and ice during Prerogative photo shoots. But somedays, like this past Tuesday, we were blessed with a warm breeze, the sun and a blue sky. Downtown Bluefield, Va., almost sparkled in the first light of the morning. There wasn’t a rain cloud in sight. I didn’t know why I was worried or concerned about the weather. Less than a year ago, I stood in the pouring rain and held an umbrella over a model. And two years ago, I scouted out locations in the midst of snow drifts. In the middle of July,  I brought a cooler on a day when the temperature hovered close to 90 F. Overtime, I have learned to adapt and change with the weather. It is like playing a game of chance and learning to be content with any strange weather pattern.


I drove home on Tuesday with the windows down, but left the radio silent. It was time to drive my stretch of road, time to think about the day’s work. I let the wind lift my hair and clear my mind. I don’t know what it is about spring, the rebirth or the fresh start of a season, but it is easier to think when the air hums with warmth. One more fashion shoot finished, I thought. From Princeton to Pocahontas, Va., and now Bluefield, Va., Prerogative has traveled across the two Virginias. I glanced up to the overlook, tempted to make the drive up the mountain. But I kept my hands steady. Foot on the gas pedal, I said a prayer of gratitude for a smooth stress-free day. I automatically started to think about the next fashion shoot. (I always think ahead.) I looked up at the mountains one more time and smiled. Maybe it is time for Prerogative to make the drive up the hill and capture the moment. Then share it with the rest of the world.  

Jamie Parsell is the Lifestyle editor of the Daily Telegraph. Contact her at or on Twitter @BDTParsell.

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