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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...

 

Farm Days | An Oregon Urban Flower Farm In Film

i recently got some film developed from last Fall's trip to the Pacific Northwest. 
today i wanted to share this set of photos from a little urban flower farm in Salem Oregon because the colorful faces of these blooms has me excited for Spring (despite the fact that i biked in 30 degree weather this morning... Spring is so close, i know it, i know it). 

this inspiring venture is that of the lovely Melody Idol (be sure to follow Melody's beautiful floral adventures on instagram at @wild_and_wayward and visit her website). 
despite the cold and rain (we were in the PNW after all...) she gave us such a wonderful tour and talk of her flowery passions and even let us take a few blossoms back with us (much to my flower lovin' friend and i's delight). her last minute and spontaneous hospitality made the trip all the more memorable and extra special.

it's truly the opportunity to meet such beautiful and passionate people in so many varied walks of life that makes traveling such a joy for me.
although truthfully, it didn't help satiate my secret dream to be a florist (then again, isn't that everyone's dream...?

thanks again Melody, your plant mama ways are still inspiring me over here on the East Coast even months later.
i hope our paths cross again one day.
xo

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shot with Kodak 200 35mm film

Learning To Let A Little Green Into My Life

A few months ago I started a little photo project on Instagram under the hashtag #learningtoletalittlegreenintomylife.  

Since then I've come to grow (no pun intended... just kidding... pun totally intended) my appreciation for the little bits of nature and greenery I've brought into and become more aware of in my day to day. 

It's not an aesthetics thing.
It's not a branding thing.
It's not to make my Instagram feed look prettier.

It's because sometimes when you live alone, and you don't have pets because you travel so much, it's kind of nice to have something to take care of other than yourself.

It's because it's really rewarding to rescue little pieces of nature and bring them back to life.

It's because it's so satisfying to witness something grow. And know that you had a part in it.

It's because it's nice to wake up to lush greenery in your home.
Especially when it's a million degrees outside (hello Richmond humidity).
Especially because you would love nothing more than to be in nature but you actually can't stand being in nature at the present moment because you hate sweating.
(This is another reason I love the water so much I think.... I'm in nature but readily able to cool down via. wind or water!)

It's because it feels good to cultivate life.

This article a while back definitely inspired me to jump on the plant game more than I had been, but also the slow living mindset I've been trying to carry with me and introduce into my life over the past year has a lot to do with it as well. 

Plus, the mantra itself is a reminder to be open to the possibility of new things.
To not be closed off. 
To let a little green into my life.

Photo projects like this are fun and help me challenge myself. 
I also have... 
#theshadowdiaries
#writingsfromawouldbebeatnik 
#leneysairstreamdream
#anywhereonthewaterisaplaceicallhome 
#thethriftingdiaries 

And of course #daughterofasailor and #theknittingqueen and #thetravelingphotographer and #weddingphotographerdiaries. Though those seem to have attracted some other users lately so they're not just my own photos like the above tags are! ;)
 
Do you have any photo projects? I've always wanted to do a specific 365 day one! What about you?