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Young Sam


One of the newest members of the guy’s photography class on Tuesday: Young Sam. Needless to say, Tuesdays at Hartland have started up again!

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Blooming Variety


Wind chimes sung in the wind. I watched my step as I trumped over mud and grass. Insects flew around our legs. Pecan trees lead the way to a thick mass of vegetation. Mildred Olumasi looked amazing in florals, surrounded by the green of the countryside. She herself, the blossom present in the scenery, also possessed great strength and poise. Her East African mystique in contrast with her surrounding environment made her even more the perfect individual to display the botanical textiles. While wallpaper prints were ever-so-present this past spring, there is no stopping them for fall. As Vogue said themselves this month, “the breezy florals of spring give way to bolder botanicals on fall’s structured silhouettes.” Be sure to watch the short film by Kristi McMurry about the shoot at the end of this post!











Do take the time to watch this beautiful video by Kristi McMurry to see more scenes from the day…

This shoot was a collaboration of efforts. Much thanks to…
Mildred Olumasi for modeling
TJ Hester for being my assistant and second shooter
Terica Jones, one of my students at Hartland, for being my assistant stylist and makeup artist
Kristi McMurry for recording and editing video
Nancy Walker for letting us use her lovely property in Tennessee

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Little Miss Graduate

We went jewelry shopping for the big day, and held hands as we did so.
She happily walked out with necessities instead of baubles.
Tickets were held as prized possessions, and used like money to give and take away.
Family made it to the ceremony by the grace of God.
“People said they never thought I would make it this far.”
No plans for afterwards, apartment before job is what comes to mind.
The cycle begins, but lets hope not. Let’s push for not.
She reads books about fashion, and knows every decade.
Perhaps shadowing the Wilbourn Sisters is the answer to our prayers.
Ms. Mary said it could be so… I saw her at graduation.




Happy day of graduating high school, Terica Jones. We love you dearly.

PLAY // Never Have I Found by Josh Garrels

+All images shot with a disposable camera.

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Gap Teeth. Muscles. Sweet Kicks.


Devon, age 5, immediately after showing off his break dancing moves.
Just one of the many reasons I love Hartland.

PLAY // Dance or Die by Janelle Monae

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Burning Up in the Neil House

The photo shoot at the Neil House was incredibly fun, and being in a great location was such a treat. I love it any time there are tons of shoes, vintage and new clothes, oodles of jewelry, an array of makeup, and many great friends!

I was also so happy to be able to once again collaborate with Kristi McMurry! She did an entirely separate shoot in the house at the same time as me. While we were shooting away, TJ got some behind the scenes photos! Hilary did a phenomenal job, and Ming Tay had her big debut as a makeup artist. Maria, one of the girls in the Hartland photography class, got to help me out as well. Despite it being extremely toasty in the house, every single person stuck it out beautifully!!

Please enjoy the video by Miss Margaret Brinson as a preview for the photos that I will present to you later this week! View it full screen and enjoy!






Check back in for my images from the day later this week. Much love!

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Gold


Please look at how gorgeous these photographs are. Maria took them with her disposable. Unbelievable. Except not, because they are real. They were in the group of photos we found on Tuesday.

Listen to this James Blake song, “Lindesfarne II.” It is equally as serendipitous as Maria’s photos. TJ did a very very good thing when he showed me James. I want to listen to him day and night. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about an artist since…Phoenix! Or TJ, when he released his album Tradition, which you can download here.
Anywho, press PLAY for James.

IT IS FRIDAY!!! Yes, yes, yes! Have the happiest of weekends.

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Unexpected Findings

Tuesday at Hartland as we were selecting the final images to frame for the community center, laundry room, and office, we found some real gems from last semester that we had somehow overlooked in the past. Jared, one of the guys in photography class, has some wonderful images and this is one of them! It caught everyone’s eye right away.

Next week we plan to hang everything up! This weekend will be a big put-the-frames-together party if anyone would like to help!

PLAY: “Ghostwriter” by RJD2

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Hartland Loves


Little kiddos from Hartland. Major revamping/decorating plans are in the process for the community center, laundry room, mail room, and manager’s office! So exciting!!!
Song o’ the day: Shadows (Jens Lekman Remix) by Au Revoir Simone…

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Spring at Hartland!


Hartland is back in full swing as of yesterday! The weather was perfect. Also, some long awaited plans are finally coming into fruition! God is so very good to us.
All of the below photos were taken by Maria, age 12.



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Portraits on blank! By Terica and Maria.


I just got the film back last night from last week at Hartland. First I showed them some examples of photos with solid backgrounds, and then we had a “photo shoot” in which the girls functioned as art directors/stylists… and they directed the “models” completely on their own. At first, I was going to shoot, but they wanted to sooo bad that I handed over the camera! Terica and Maria worked beautifully together. I was incredibly impressed… When one was shooting, the other was fixing hand positioning, clothing, etc. on the model. Teamwork?? Achieved. I love seeing these girls grow together.

How cute are Jim and Carol Veneman?! Our class is ONLY POSSIBLE because Jim had faith and allowed me to go with my idea of reverting to disposables again… thank you thank you thank you! Ooh yes, and the faithful Union girls that come every week. You all rock.

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