Friday, July 3, 2015

Girl in the Water {part 2}


Happy Friday Eve! 

Here is part 2 of the little photo series my friend Nichole (Squid Photography) and I did together. We went for a walk in the woods, pushing through overgrown paths that concealed the sweetest little creek, one that caught the sun just perfectly as it tucked slowly behind the trees. We went with the intention of creating some beautifully sun drenched, water soaked images that captured summer's essence. 

(In case you missed it, here's part 1, Nichole's photos of me. So amazing - thank you lady!)

And for this evening here are those I took of her. She looks so beautiful, doesn't she? I asked her to channel her inner water goddess, which isn't as easy as one might think. ;)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Totally in Love with Summer {a photo session with Squid Photography}

I had so much fun shooting with my dear friend Nichole Garcia who owns Squid Photography. We went down to my favorite little creek with a homemade fresh flower crown in hand and two cameras. We each had a mini session and it was so wonderful having a chance to just be comfortable and silly with a friend, but also to churn out some creativity from a lately deprived soul. I loved it! My main goal was to get in that water and as wet as possible and though I did not lay down completely as I had envisioned (yeah right), I did put my feet in all sorts of nasty, squishy places. And live to talk about it! So win win all around. 

There were bugs flying around our heads and biting our necks but we forgave them that indiscretion as they gave a sort of lighting bug effect to our photos. Just doing their peculiar part to make the world a more beautiful place. ;)

I love what Nichole did with these as they capture a real storybook fantasy feel that I'm crazy about. And these shots celebrate some of the things I truly love about this summer season. Glittering water, golden afternoons and enchanted forests all leave me slightly euphoric. 

Okay, let's get to it ... 
I recently joined an organization called The Rising Tide Society which has a motto that says "Educating and Empowering Creatives to Thrive in the spirit of Community over Competition." I loved that vision so much and have felt this way for so long now, so to be able to see that there are many, many creatives in this community and around the country (it's country-wide, if not global) who feel the same way is so awesome. Our first meeting had twenty-something in attendance and they were incredible artists. It really encompasses the entire realm of creativity, bringing in boutique owners, graphic designers, photographers, bloggers, writers, and entrepreneurs. So cool! 

I have to admit that though this concept is something I'm really passionate about, it is not common in the dance world, my first love. Studios tend to be incredibly competitive and afraid of collaboration and I get that. It's always the fear of losing business right? But that ballet photo shoot I did for YOU magazine really opened my eyes to a new side of dance in this city and an open-ness to share that passion together. It was amazing. Perhaps this idea can somehow blossom and grow into something magic here in the dance community. We shall see. 

If you'd like more info on The Rising Tide Society and would like to come to our next meeting, visit their Facebook page to get all the info (for this area). Hope to see you there! 

When you collaborate with another creative and share your loveliness with all of us, hashtag it #communityovercompetition to spread the word and begin to empower others to share their talents/experiences/genius/passions in a way that can produce art that is that much more spectacular. 

Thank you to Nichole with Squid Photography for these gorgeous pictures. I'll post my photos of her later this week. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mama Style {Summer Brights}

{top - Zara, skirt - H&M, neckace - Anthropologie, bag - Free People, shoes - Target}

I tend to wear lots of white in the summer. Every time I get an email from Anthro/H&M/J. Crew urging to buy more summer clothes, those whites are the first items I click on. Love them! 

But color is not completely lost on me. When you open my closet doors, you'll see a dominant white-washed theme but also a decent chambray/denim line up. Following close behind is a solid group of black, and then the prints and colors bringing in the back. The brights tend to be dresses mostly and really, there's not much that's actually solid. It's mostly prints. Interesting ... guess that's just my summer vibe. Remember how much we loved bright denim a couple of years ago? My closet was filled with jewel tones then. :)

Sooo, after all of that, there's this skirt. It's a beautiful orange-y red and a great high paper bag waist. Such a fun burst of color for summer!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Toys

Our little Monty Rowan turned 8 about a week ago and for his birthday he received this dirt bike plus all the gear to keep him safe. Lucky boy! He has a smaller motorcycle which he has been riding since he turned 6 but this one is the real deal, so he had much to learn. Of course the first time was a funny mess, as we expected, and the bike took off and he quickly fell into the grass. But that was it. One fall and we're good to go! So the family has been heading to our church as there's that huge parking lot free of cars and it's surrounded by endless fields where he can safely learn. While he's doing that, the others are on scooters, bicycles and skateboards. It's been a sweet time for us, hanging out in in the trunk of my SUV watching these kids. Ha! 
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