This year I've had a "personal photography bucket list" in my head. Images I've wanted to capture, techniques to try, methods of interaction to test and a big collaboration project. I always set goals, but these goals were less business focused and more creatively focused...the kind of goals that fill me with passion and excitement!
So far, it's been an amazing year of checking off these creative endeavors from my imaginary bucket list. I look forward to checking off more as the year goes by and for that matter, ADDING more!
When I first stepped foot into The Vintage Gypsy, a local boutique carved out of an old "vintage" building in the downtown of my small community, I was smitten. I felt the charm as I walked in and NEVER left without buying something. Sometimes a gift, most times a little something for me! Prices are so reasonable, quality is top notch and selection is unique and beautiful.
Every time I walked into the store I left thinking ... "I want to do something with this." It was a nagging feeling, an itch I needed to scratch ... although I wasn't certain just WHAT to do. Then it hit me, collaborate. Both "up and coming" woman owned businesses based in our small own trying to succeed and create a loyal following. Why not work together?
The seed was planted. I decided I wanted to do a styled shoot. A styled shoot is one where you are purposeful in your execution and use props perfectly and pointedly placed and styled.
I walked into the shop one day and introduced myself to the owner, Marie. I gushed about her store and asked her if she might be interested in a little project. I'm pretty sure she thought I was nuts, but she eagerly agreed and was on board. Knowing her better now, I know her whimsical spirit and casual breezy demeanor were not even phased by my idea for a collaboration.
That's Marie. She's pretty inside and out.
Soon we were adding like-minded people to our project. She brought on the beautiful Mel and I brought on Niki from Niki Robison Skin & Brow to do make-up. The last addition was a stylist and Niki brought on Coley. Here is a photo of Niki and Coley, also beautiful women and aspiring/successful artists.
There was no shortage of good looks. Oh and here is the gorgeous Mel ...
Together we met, discussed our themes, set a date (HARD to do with 5 busy schedules!) and created a shared Pinterest board to share visual concepts and ideas.
The day of the shoot was the most magnificent day you could have ever asked for. DAYS leading up to it were rainy and dismal. This day, the sky opened up and gave us the most perfect day. I was grateful.
Marie, Mel and I met at the shop to pull product and pull all of our visions together. The location was something out of a magazine and as it turns out...was Marie's family back yard! I really stumbled onto good fortune with this one!
Together, we pulled the vision together to create two settings ...
It was magical. The day was cheerful and wine filled and so very fun. It was amazing to collaborate together to make something beautiful. I wanted to push my creative limits, try different editing techniques and build new relationships. All of that was accomplished and then some. I think we were all blown away by the entire experience.
Here are some more of my favorites.
There are more images in an album listed on the sidebar on the right. >>>
This project was so fulfilling and fun for me. It truly reignited my passion for photography all over again. I'm hopeful and anxious to collaborate again ... next time ... a fall/winter shoots. Think chunky sweaters and fall boots in a rustic venue ... I'm already daydreaming about it! I hope The Vintage Gypsy gals are up for it!