First… we have a WINNER!! Erin Sommers will be joining us in Cincinnati and I can’t wait! There were almost 500 entries and I can’t thank you all enough for taking the time to enter… so sad we can’t just invite everyone!
Speaking of sad… I live in the NW which means I am blessed to live amongst lots of green. I take it for granted at times that my views, commutes and places I play & work are beautiful. A couple weeks ago I noticed a huge group of trees that I drive by everyday had orange tape spread throughout… within a few days all that remained were a couple of lonely evergreens spaced few and far between… with a view of the once hidden apartments now in their place. I think it hit me harder because this wasn’t a place I had taken for granted. Every time I drove through I thought how lucky I was to have that be my welcome home.
I decided to walk through the next morning, see what the ‘plans’ were (as suspected- strip malls & offices)… a man walking his dog passed me and remarked “So sad, isn’t it?”, his words were drowned by more bird sounds than I have ever heard in one place (save the bird aviary at the zoo). I instantly thought “The Lorax” (and the Swomee-Swans gathering to fly away). It was one of my favorite books to read to my kids and I felt like I was standing in it. I came home and told my kids about the trees, birds & plans and my daughter said “Mom, it’s like The Lorax. You should do a shoot to remember it before they put up all the buildings.” She was right, so I gathered my favorite little model and took a last walk through the ‘forest’ that evening…
Even bunnies were out…
beautiful skirt provided by Ritchie Rags
How would you like a free day at one of my workshops? I was talking with Lexi (from one of my favorite magazines… Lemonade and Lenses. I just recently did The August Collaboration with her!) about our upcoming workshop in Cincinnati on July 21st and we decided it would be really fun to give away a spot!! Since we are using the PunchTab entry below there are tons of ways to get entries so lots of chances to win… please just be sure you can come to Cincinnati on July 21st (although this is a transferable prize so you can gift it if you want to enter for a deserving friend). This give away is a $500 value and will end next Wednesday, June 27th so go ahead and enter as many times as you can and I will keep my fingers crossed for ya ;) Can’t wait to meet one of you!
And because no post is fun without pictures… here is another feature from the summer issue of Dreamer Journal. This one was a really fun collaboration between Peppercorn Kids & ZozoBugBaby (you’ll be seeing more of this perfect combo in the coming months) ;) Perfect summertime backyard fun…
salem | OR
accessories: Peppercorn Kids
art director: Kim Adams
Day two with Rachel and we had the best shoot. Our models couldn’t have been better if I had special ordered them… cute, sweet and perfect little posers & artists. It was the perfect ending to our days :)
A few months ago I was asked to be a part of The August Collaboration by Lemonade & Lenses Magazine. It was one crown, 15 photographers and three months of creativity. I loved the concept and could only imagine how beautiful it was going to turn out with the talent involved… it surpassed every expectation. I am so humbled and honored to be a part of something so beautiful…
And my spread (with some of the outtakes)...
This shoot could possibly go down as my craziest idea yet… I am not sure how many of you have worked with chicken wire (the base for my little deer friend) but I came out the other side looking like I got into a wee hour bar fight- in a blackberry bush and I am still finding random chunks of moss in my house and car (even after having it detailed). Yeah- thinking I should stick to the paper crafts from now on ;)
I also can’t thank Jen enough for jumping on board when the request went a little like “Hey- can you help me with a shoot? It’ll kind of involve some hiking, some mud & uh- carrying a life size moss deer down a mile or so of trails.” Not for the faint of heart and she didn’t bat an eye (okay- there may have been some hysteric laughing as we got stared at the entire afternoon). And a big thank you to Kim as well for being able to create and sew together my crazy ideas for dresses :) I am a lucky girl with an amazing network.
crown by If The Crown Fits
dress by Kim Adams
I just spent the last two days with the loveliest photographer from Israel. I was a little nervous having someone come so far and making sure we fit every little bit in we could (and I may have asked way too many questions about her life back home. Love hearing stories from far away places. Thank you for appeasing me Rachel!!) :) It ended up being a fun, chill way to make a new friend and play behind the camera (always a good excuse for that, right?). Loved every minute!
We had one little moment of panic (okay, I had one little moment of panic) when I got a text that our models for the day car had broken down and they couldn’t come! We have the most amazing community and network of photographers here though and within 5 minutes we had three models on their way (and in the studio within 20- crazy!!) We had adorable props from Vol. 25 (you need to check them out- amazing props, templates, everything!) and super cute wardrobe from Maggie Bogart (I didn’t get a chance to shoot everything so more to come!)
Sometimes my models aren’t overly thrilled with me… ;)
wardrobe: Maggie Bogart
props: Vol. 25