Getting My Gypsy On.

I don’t know how I lived without Ao for so long. She is an extraordinary woman … who makes me feel that all my quirky and seemingly strange interests are actually wonderful and worthy of fully participating in.

She, like me, has a thing for pirates, zombies, the ocean, cephalopods, dancing when the mood strikes her, flashy make-up, gypsies, art in all of its forms, and basically putting herself “out there”. She lives HERSELF. She is the me that I long to be.

Recently, she has joined us at Studio 36 as our “in-house” make-up artist. And we couldn’t be happier about it. She offers make-up, hair and outfitting for our clients. But that’s far from all she does. She leads a fantastic belly dance troupeshe threads she weaves magical goodness into hair and she is a great photographer. (There is more, but you likely wouldn’t believe me!).

So, since she has joined us, I have been UN-patiently waiting for my first appointment with her … to transform me into some part of my inner self … giving her full control to do as she wished …. and it looked a little something like this …

(Thank you Bex Hickman for documenting the progress!)

And here are some of the results …

I couldn’t be happier with them. (Though there are more to show later). I see ME in these photos. An aspect of me. And I want to see more. So, I plan on many, many appointments with Ao. She amazes me.

As for the last picture, I knew that I wanted a tearful Gypsy look … so I asked her to help create one. Little did she know that my Pepere (a hero of my life) once gave me a large framed piece of art – of a gypsy woman … looking off … and crying. I always wondered what she was crying about. And in order to create that somber look, I remembered that anonymous gypsy woman … then my Pepere who shared her with me … and thus, my sadness was real (I miss him so much) … and well captured.

Thank you Miss Ao. Glad to have you on-board … and glad to have your inspiration all around me.

Please drop in to see her work! Or contact her for an appointment … (207)370-8701.



Jodi Renshaw

About Jodi Renshaw

Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.