These are a handful of the photographs I took during Spring Beauty Day, a Beauty Everyday workshop in which I had the privilege of joining as an instructor, along with some incredibly talented friends. The ladies of Beauty Everyday (Rinne Allen, Rebecca Wood, and Kristen Bach) planned and effortlessly guided us through the day. Mandy O'Shea, the brilliant creative force behind Moonflower Design Studio, provided these stunning flowers, all grown organically and sustainably on her solar/bio-diesel powered farm. Kat and Susan of Sweet Olive Farm were our wonderful, warm, and generous hosts. Erin Wilson and Lindsey Pennington, culinary geniuses and style icons behind Wild Food, served an incredible feast made from foraged edibles that grow in this region of the Southeast.
The day began with coffee and tea in the barn, making introductions, and chatting about our various interests and backgrounds. Then Mandy lead our guests around the farm, gathering native plants to use as greenery with her blooms. Back at the barn, she led the group in bouquet making, while she shared some of her thoughts on flower farming and sustainability in an industry fraught with pesticides and herbicides, in addition to the thousands of miles that commercially sourced flowers have traveled before they reach the hands of the consumer. After some free play time with the abundance of blooms, I shared about my work as a photographer, my take on noticing and documenting beauty in an increasingly trend saturated visual culture, and balancing/blending creative work and family life. We spent some time practicing that documentation with our cameras, which was where the majority of my photographs originated. With the incredible beauty of the flowers, and plenty of gorgeous props provided by Rinne, I literally wanted to spend the remainder of the day pulling different elements together into vignettes and experimenting with darker, more moody lighting in my photographs. I am very pleased with the results, and editing these pictures brought me so much joy as I watch my work evolve and grow within the medium of photography. Following our picture-taking, we enjoyed our delicious meal, which you can read more about here on the Beauty Everyday site. We lingered over honeysuckle sorbet, rested for a bit, and then gathered to hear Rebecca Wood share her studied, thoughtful, and gestural method for illustrating flowers. All in all, it was an excellent and enriching experienced, one that I feel so grateful to have shared with both instructors and guests. I believe there will be more opportunities like this in the future! I would love to share a workshop with you, so stay tuned to Beauty Everyday and/or my site for updates. xo