A Girl Named Leney

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New York Portraits | The Dowdy Girls

the kind of girls who follow their dreams, not trends.
the kind of girls you want as friends, sisters, partners, mothers. 
the kind of girls who encourage you to be more you by simply being unapologetically themselves. 
the kind of girls you will be late for buses and trains for.
the kind of girls to go dancing with under late night city lights. 
the kind of girls who have wild and relentless ambition. 
the kind of girls who listen with their hearts. 
the kind of girls you will book plane tickets with.

these are the kinds of girls i feel grateful to not only know, but call dear friends. 
these three strong, independent and beautiful sisters inspire me endlessly. 
i feel lucky that from time to time our lives line up to allow us to be underneath the same little patch of sky and with the same rooftops beneath our feet.

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Announcing New Travel Dates
on a rooftop in New York

on a rooftop in New York

travel dates are to let you know when i'm going to be somewhere other than home (which for me is sweet beautiful Virginia) and have availability for additional bookings for photography work.  
because while, yes, i totally can and will come to you for a session wherever you're located, if you see that i'm already going to be near you during a certain time it'd be more cost efficient to go ahead and book a shoot while i'm already planning on being in your area!
make sense? 
plus i've decided in 2018 to offer my photo sessions booked during travel dates at a discounted rate!
what's not to love right?
for the latest travel dates announcements check out the blog tag! or my instagram story highlights.

Feel free to message me on Instagram or shoot me an email if you have any interest!


Norfolk, VA August 28th-30th
New York City September 9th-12th
London October 17th-22nd
Greece October 22nd-30th
Texas December 30th-January 7th

New York City | PlantShed

you all might remember this post from last fall involving my work with the dreamy Upper West Side plant and flower shop, PlantShed.  

i have since had the privilege of working with them again and, for the foreseeable future, will be continuing to do so! 
to say that this is a dream job is an understatement. being able to work with plants and cool people in one of my favorite cities? yep. all the makings of a dream job.

if you're in the city, you should definitely go by their shop, located at 209 W. 96th Street, New York, NY 10025. everyone who works there is so much fun and they're some of the most knowledgeable people i've met in regards to plants and how to take care of them!
i learned how to better care for my future fiddle leaf fig for example (thank you again Dahlia...). they also make some of the most beautiful arrangements (which you can see heaps of on floral designer Casey's own website and instagram!) and with Valentine's Day coming up... well i don't need to finish that sentence.
i think one of the highlights from this last trip though, was seeing the old photographs that Eric, the owner, pulled out from when his family opened the shop in the 1970's and from being in the flower business decades before that even! i absolutely love the family owned and operated aspect of a business. it makes your experience more personal, not to mention the story behind knowing how something started and being able to see where it is now is such a cool evolution and timeline to witness.

and, for the record, it's truly only the fact that i wouldn't be able to get any of those huge cacti onto the bus/plane/train with me back to Virginia that i don't adopt every single one of them... 

if you don't have the opportunity to visit them in person, definitely check out PlantShed's website and all of their wonderful floral bounty here and be sure to also follow them on Instagram!

here are just a handful of my favorite shots from January's shoot! 

P.S. if you liked all of that, maybe you'd also enjoy watching THIS video i made while in the greenhouse!


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August Showers and New York Flowers

i had the exceptionally wonderful opportunity to travel to New York City at the end of last month to photograph some special projects with my friend Casey Godlove, Plantshed and WeWork

(what? you got paid to travel to New York to take photos of flowers and plants?? i know... i can hardly believe it myself. talk about a dream job. #thetravelingphotographer)

i try to make it to New York at least once a year, and not having been able to go yet this year, Casey's job proposal came at the perfect time. 
oh how i'd been missing New York.
it was a very needed breath of fresh inspiration and creativity and, as always, working with fellow artists is always such a life giving experience for me. especially when we work so well together. 
more photos from the dreamy WeWork spaces coming soon, but i did want to share these incredible arrangements that Casey put together for an event at the Gracie Mansion!

can i just frame one of these images so that i can forever have these flowers in my home and pretend they're real? 
i feel like that's a good idea.
because hot damn i just want to stare at these beauties all day...

 

OOAK Knits | The Bowery Tank

The Bowery Tank
 

Inspired by the lines and symmetry of the concrete jungle. 

New York City. 

A place that holds the dreams and ambitions of so many. 

It's certainly no stranger to housing some of my own. 

Yarn origin: New York, NY  
A lovely silk and extra soft merino blend makes up the body of the tank and the side panels are knit of a beautiful cotton yarn.

A photo posted by Leney (@agirlnamedleney) on

If you'd like to invest in this piece and be the owner of it's unique story you can do so by heading to the shop listing for it below


You can also see other OOAK Knits and there stories here.

Why one-of-a-kind?

These pieces are inspired by...
the places i’ve been,
the people i’ve met,
the words i’ve read,
the images i’ve created.

All of which are unique, to themselves, their own, one-of-a-kind. 
Much like you are.

I believe that your clothing, what you wear, says a lot about you.
It adds to your story, your make-up, who you are as an individual.

And so, shouldn’t those pieces in and of themselves hold a story all their own?
I think so.
That’s why my knitwear is one-of-a-kind. 
Each design is a piece of art.
Each piece tells a story. 
Of a person. A place. An experience. An idea.
When you own one of these pieces you are the only one to own it.
Aside from me, the creator, you hold it’s story. 
You are now the caretaker of it’s story. 
And it, in turn, becomes a part of yours.
The Stories The Things We Own Tell.
I think they're terribly important, though often overlooked. 
I find that the things we invest in are the things we cherish and value most. Which in turn speaks to what kind of individual we are. What we put stock in. Who we want to be.

You can also read more about why here.

// Photos by Meagan Abell //

 

I Dream My Painting

I dream my painting and I paint my dream. || Vincent van Gogh


People you can dream big with.
The big-city dreamers.
Those are the kind of people I love.
The ones I get most excited about doing life with.
This girl's one of them, for the record.

Have conversations about how important it is to visualize where you're going.
Believe it's possible to get there.
Set goals to get there.
Believe those are attainable.
But also learn to be content and happy with the present, where you're at now.
It's a fine line, something that requires balance.
But that too is possible.
You just have to dream your painting.
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Shot at Greecologies in New York City

Five Cities

 New York, Richmond, Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh
Shot with 35mm film // Minolta x-700

I got some film developed recently.
I've said before that I don't shoot film often. Well, I do, but only one shot here and there. The allotted 24 exposures often extend across a timeline of a month or two. Containing only one moment from a certain day, or a certain week, that I deemed memorable. 
It's not always the case when shooting digital. 
The ability to capture and re-capture moments often tarnishes their beauty and sacredness. 
But film, film allows for me to be more thoughtful, more purposeful. And though often the photos themselves are not as beautiful or breathtaking as they would be if I'd shot them on less than a whim, with a better camera or with higher technology, that's often why I love them. 
Perfect in all their imperfections. 
As the cliche goes.

These five photos are of five cities I've travelled to in the last five months. 
Five cities in five months. 
(I've technically been to more than those five... But these are the five I captured on film)
It's funny, you don't realize how often you're gone until you pause and look back from your constant going. 
Traveling is something that I will always love. And while I still have more I want to do, this year in particular, realizing I've already done a fair amount in the first half of this year calms down the travel bug in me a bit. Remembering I've already done a lot, somehow lessens my need to do.
It reminds me, yet again, to just be where I'm at. Practice contentment. New adventures will come in their proper time. 
A lesson I am ever always, always, re-learning. 


Perspective
New York From A Birds View 
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I feel as though things (circumstances, situations, problems etc.) are so very often larger upon their first appearance than they are later on, after you gain a little perspective on them. 
Once you let them settle, have a good nights sleep, read a good book, talk to a friend or all of the above, things slide into a more comprehensive and understandable state.
Sometimes it just takes some time.
And patience.
(Not a virtue I necessarily possess, but I'm working on it...)

So here's to not making things bigger and scarier than they really are.
Take a deep breath and just take one day at a time and you'll look back on this time at some point and be surprised by how far you've come without even realizing it.