…is what I am wishing for!
We all relaxed for most of the day on Saturday, and it was delicious. The day consisted of: waking up late, taking a walk, making tomato and fontina cheese omelets in the afternoon (for breakfast), napping, working, and girls night! Our windows were open all day long and it felt glorious. Strange how the night before I was shivering with my big coat on… do I foresee another tornado warning? We shall see.
For now, I am still dreaming of more Saturdays to come! And looking forward to time in Texas this week for the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference! Yayyyyyy!
Here is an AWESOME Kistsune Noir playlist by Pollyn to soothe the Monday blues (I know I’ve got ’em today)…
Do yourself some good and press play (its an hour long!!):
There are more great things to come this week, like a behind the scenes look at the Billy Reid Spring 2011 Campaign and Ming Tay’s new purchase from Nando Jones!
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.
Let me guess what you are thinking. “Didn’t she do that shoot forever ago??” The answer is yes. I know, it is terrible that I am just now busting them out! Although the clothes are not the brightly colored mismatched patterned goodness that is coming at us this Spring, they are the clothes for everyday. For me, this shoot was more about collaboration than anything else. It was SO MUCH fun planning and combining ideas and thoughts! Shooting in the studio is not my forte… I hope to get better at it as time goes on. I ripped up many-a-Vogue for lighting and modeling ideas, and presented them to mastermind Jim Veneman. We met and he helped me do the lighting setup days ahead. Kristi McMurry had been pumping ideas into my head for months and helped me to recreate the lighting on the actual shooting day. Haley Gallagher, who is an amazing stylist, helped with the clothing and makeup. She compiled pieces from multiple closets to come up with cohesive looks. TJ Hester, poor guy, helped me transport so many shoes, clothes, and beauty products. Margaret Brinson worked some flip magic and came up with some fun little videos (which you can see HERE and HERE on her blog). She also helped me make a noteworthy playlist for our time in the studio. Last but not least, Alesia Fisher (the superstar of the whole ordeal) was absolutely incredible. She works so very hard at school and her job, and she somehow fit me in. I met her for the first time doing this shoot and she exceeded my expectations (which were already pretty darn high)! She played a huge part in figuring out and doing her own makeup (she can do eyes like no other).
Basically, a big thank you goes to everyone who helped out. It was so meaningful to me because I never could have done it by myself! It was a great learning experience, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by such talented people.
This trip seriously could not have been any more wonderful than it was. It was absolutely the most relaxing time ever, from hard core shopping downtown to serious dining to frolicking on the beach looking like crazies and acting like we were 5. Also, I developed the best schedule ever…. wake up late. Eat a full breakfast. Go to the beach. Lunch at 3. Go downtown. Dinner at 9. Go to bed at 1. SO good. What I wouldn’t give to be doing that right now.
We also became quite fond of French techno, reading European magazines, drinking way too much coffee, adding raspberries to our Pellegrino, dancing to crazy hip hop, and eating cupcakes.
But seriously, Charleston is an awesome city. It is swanky. Gorgeous. Historic.
Whitney getting some much needed relaxation….or really here she was probably just waiting on me to get my behind ready to go down to the beach…
On the way back to the beach after being in town…When making the drive back we almost religiously listen to Feist’s Open Season remix album with some RDJ2 sprinkled on top…
Margaret looks so little amidst the sea. I took this while I was climbing on some rocks (boulders… you know i was just playing on really huge dangerous pieces of earth, no big deal.)
When we were at Margaret’s home, her sweet mother basically made us a full out breakfast every single morning: complete with eggs, bacon (PIG CANDY. Oh my goodness I cannot explain how good that stuff is), banana chocolate chip muffins, orange juice, and coffee. Anywho, these are the guys that supplied the tasty eggs every day. I love those chickens!
On Easter day we went to play outside…
Today is Valentine’s Day. Personally, I am a huge fan of the chocolate-filled celebration. People are often confused by my adoration of it. Really I think it is wonderful because it is a time to take note of those around you whom you love. No, that person may not be a beau, but don’t forget about the rest of individuals surrounding you—the people who walk by your side everyday. There are so many people in my life that have gotten me through ups and downs, and made the ride all the more interesting.
Therefore, delight in the love that surrounds you. Whether that be a love of family, friends, or if you are so blessed, a lover. Through all of the hullabaloo and swirl of pink and red décor, don’t forget to honor One who gave us the ability to love.
OH YES, and I am starting this blog because I love photographs. I hope you will enjoy mine as I share them with you!