Sure, we all take photos of sunflowers. Sure, we see them all over Instagram. Sure, some folks are sick of 'em! And if you're sick of them, you may want to skip to another blog post...
Every portrait holds a new opportunity with the lighting, the model, the environment... sure, some things become repetitive but some things are classically beautiful and I'd throw flowers into the latter category.
As the sun set, we went from afternoon light to the golden hour quickly. I love getting a good variety when shooting!
Kristalyn and I created these portraits in under an hour. We both had some free time that evening and I've really been wanting to see the sunflowers. Heads up, Biltmore rotates these so you may want to do a drive by or call before planning a shoot around the sunflowers. They're located near Antler Village.
I also highly recommend the bright yellow canola field in the springtime.
For any clients interested in roaming the Biltmore Estate grounds for their session, I have a seasonal pass which allows me to bring guests in with me for free after 5pm. Some parts of the estate (including the house and rose garden) are closed at that time but there are plenty other spots!
When I first envisioned our trip to Ireland, I dreamt of olive greens on rolling hills. I imagined deep blue shores along the drive. I had it right, the countryside is just as I hoped. Early morning drives and late afternoon lunches let us see so much beauty in many different lights.
First up, the warm tones of olive green and gold that we often saw in mountains, farm land and around the happy farm animals.
Next we have the cool tones that surrounded us after a long rain, near the ocean waves and where the horses roam.
The blues were almost black, so deep and opaque in the shallows.
Love Ireland and want more? Check out these IG feeds:
As someone who spends a lot of time editing photos, I could never choose between warm or cool tones. They both have a special place in our travel memories.
When Aislin's mom Eliza (Aislin's 16) and I decided on a summer styled shoot many months ago, I began dreaming up ideas of how I see summer. If you've followed my work, I'm unlikely to have neon colors and bright light in my portfolio... for the most part ;) so my vision wouldn't be the standard summer scene.
I began imagining dreamy July nights of rolling around in the grass at dusk with fireflies floating around. I imagined eating popsicles on the dock of a lake as the sun set. I imagined how August days ended and the nostalgia of the last days of summer. Denim shorts, romantic dresses, tall grass, pool floats stacked by the shed, bug bites... I should add that all of this dreaming occurred at the end of winter when I was really in la la land.
At some point, the 1999 movie The Virgin Suicides popped into my head and I continued to run with this vision. I partnered with Eric Campbell of Cotton + Denim for styling 2 looks, Erika Stutz for feminine makeup and Natalie Webb for voluminous hair a la the 1970's brush-out. The team brought their A-game when creating a look for Aislin and we had a beautiful evening at Ivy Creek Family Farm for the shoot.
Top and dress: @Anthro_northcarolina
about the book The Virgin Suicides:
In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters--beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys--commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.
This book and movie are both very dark and not what comes to mind for most summer styled sessions but I was smitten. This styled session is not reflective of the plot, it is reflective of the cinematic feel Sofia Coppola created.
Being inspired by something shouldn't mean imitation. Inspiration should bring out fresh ideas you didn't know you had to create something new.
Purple is one of my favorite colors found in natural food. So many vegetables rock this vibrant hue to catch our eye. The purple in this cabbage became more and more intense as I peeled away layers; what started as a dusty purple-grey, ended in a deep eggplant tone.
Blueberries and blackberries have purple hues hidden within them and are not simply blue or black. The stalk of beets are a deep fuchsia that contrasts the greens perfectly.
The shades of purple in some of our favorite fruits and vegetables run vivid and appetizing.
With such a strong color, it's only fitting I chose a dark neutral for pairing. A mottled slate complements the vibrant purple tones instead of competing with it.
If you're interested in more purple and slate, give these IG feeds a try:
Similar color combinations if this one isn't doing it for you!
Navy & slate
Royal blue & slate
Purple & pale grey
I always anticipated my 30s to be my favorite decade.
I'm thankful for this new freelancing career, family near and far, friends that grow closer daily and my favorite husband ;)
20s have been quite the ride so I'm thankful for them too. Graduated college, lived in 4 different states, traveled as often as possible, got married, bought our first home, adopted our first dog, fostered pups. The list goes on and on. I'm really just thankful and happy to be alive and to keep growing as an individual.
I can't imagine a better home to begin a new decade in, WNC has bought so much joy into my life. Hike after hike, kayaking in Lake Lure, playing in the creek, driving along the Parkway...
WNC has connected me with the best clients. Entrepreneurs working their ass off to build the career of their dreams. Couples who just want to get out into nature and breathe in the fresh air with on another. Repeat clients that I get to learn from and about each month on new adventures.
Enough about me. Let's not forget that April 22nd is Earth Day. Organizations that support the a healthy environment for people, animals and plant life need our support more than ever. A few favorites: The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Foundation. What small thing can we all do to help today?
Cheers to a new year and new summer season coming up!
Rust and concrete. Industrial style colors inspired by vintage dishes and one of my favorite backdrops.
I rarely hear people chat about the color rust but it's everywhere and is such a rich, one-of-a-kind color. I wouldn't consider it to paint my bedroom but in smaller doses it can be magical! There's hints of the color rust in food (cinnamon and spices), in nature (the last moments of a fire or a fox) and in actually rusting items such as an old ship. Rust is a strong, warm tone that isn't easy to pair with.
Concrete. I use that term instead of grey because there are many shades of grey plus concrete implies texture. Now, I'm not suggesting stripes of rust and grey but you can see how they complement one another. A black or white backdrop would be too harsh against the rust but the concrete contrasts just enough to not strip away the warmth. Concrete is popping up in plenty of home designs such as counter tops, shelving and flooring. The industrial look mixed with cozy tones is very popular for this decade of design.
If you're interested in more of this color combo, visit these beautiful IG accounts:
Want to explore similar themes? Consider these combos:
Concrete & gold
Slate & rust
Concrete & mustard yellow
Golden olive (PANTONE 16-0639 TPX). I was looking for the perfect color name to represent this backdrop. When I found golden olive, I knew it was the perfect shade of green. The color changes as the light changes, more than I'm used to.
I played around with shades of green complemented by the white of flowers. Green represents nature so using natural products to create these images seemed like the best fit.
Green is often considered one of the most soothing colors, would we say that about all shades of green though? Soothing is usually paired with a sage or moss green. Neon greens are electric and jungle greens make me think of life + energy.
Green can represent the environment or the military or envy. A color with many feelings, it's always been my personal favorite. When the trees turn green around here at the end of May, I can't get over the beauty.
Craving more green in your life? Follow these beautiful Instagram feeds:
@olivettefarm (local to Asheville!)
What else goes with green?
Forest green & slate
Olive green & brass
Jungle green & grey
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