The Polar Vortex and Snowpocalypse 2014 are thrashing my plans for the new year so far. Sometimes, if you are open to it, what happens in place of the to-do list knocks your expectations out of the park. Even though we were all sick and behind on work, I allowed myself this moment of creativity in the snow. It was so invigorating to be in nature and in solitude, practicing my craft and feeling incredibly grateful. All the pressure if everyday life just slipped away.
When I got home, I expected to feel the usual mild dread of having to sit at the computer to process images. I would much rather be behind the camera than at a desk. But instead of fueling any negative emotions, the editing of these images brought me back (way back) to my darkroom days of college and high school. I am so appreciative to feel that creative spark in what I do each day, and I resolve to make space for more of those opportunities in my life because they make me a better person. A better mother. A better photographer. And a better contributor to life in the small part of the world I influence.
In this crazy world, leave space for those moments of creativity. xo
Happy Friday. Must be time for your weekly dose of Yorkies in the Wild (I know it’s been a while). For this shoot Chewie was sandwiched between my camera and a picture of outside. That’s how we like to do the outdoors in these parts. Climate controlled and without insects.
We are super excited to release these photos today in our Etsy shop! Head on over and check them out. Favorite them, buy them, pin them, stare at them, etc. The holidays are quickly approaching, so keep in mind your fellow dog lovers out there. Over the next several weeks we will be releasing new Yorkies in the Wild prints each Friday.
Model | Chewbacca the Yorkie, age 6, 4.5 pounds
Photo Shoot Soundtrack | Rolling in the Deep, Adele
Feel free to suggest your own captions in the comments. Chewie wants to hear what you have to say. You can check out previous editions of Yorkies in the Wild in the tab up top.
There are a few beautiful shoots from the end of my pregnancy that never made it on the blog. This clean, inviting bedroom is from a timeless, New England home I’ll share with you soon.
Today I’d like to talk about styling. Most often I work with the home owner’s belongings to style a shoot. Furniture and decorative pieces may be moved around the home. Sometimes we bring in food or plants or accessories. But in this particular home, we really only needed to move items for the sake of the camera angle. I cannot wait for you to see the rest of the home. It’s so relaxing and inviting with interesting pieces to look at everywhere.
Sometimes I end up with more than one final shot, intending to decide on subtle styling differences during the editing process. For example, above. So if you could please tell me, orchid or no, I’ll pull together the full set to share with you next week. Maybe I’ll even ‘iron’ the bedspread for you… You’re going to love it so much, you’ll be wishing for a Thanksgiving invitation to this cozy home.
So, which one?
If you’re new here, (or you just don’t remember because it’s been so long), on Wednesdays I open up the comments for you to tell me which view from a recent photo shoot you prefer. And why. I love hearing what you have to say. You can peruse past Which One? features here.