PHOTO STYLING // Rare Bird Preserves

Client: Rare Bird Preserves (www.rarebirdpreserves.com)
Photographer: Mikey Litchfield, Potluck Creative (www.potluckcreative.com)
Role: Photo Stylist
Services: Day-of Styling, Prop Rentals, Lettering, Creative Direction

Having been a fan of Rare Bird Preserves for some time, I was overjoyed when Mikey of Potluck Creative reached out to me to join him on a shoot for their brand. Elizabeth Madden has been a delight to work with, and her preserves are phenomenal! We wanted a minimal aesthetic focused on simple, intentional living and framed by pale pastels and a limited palette. Moving forward after the shoot, we have worked together to continue the branding idea into her booth design for One of a Kind and similar markets. 

PHOTO STYLING // Modern Sprout

Client: Modern Sprout
Photographer: Kelly Allison Photography
Role: Day of Styling + Prop Rentals
Package: A La Carte ServicesSarah Burrows, of Modern Sprout, approached me for a product shoot for their marketing materials and ecommerce. She had an overall concept and shot list put together, but wanted a stylist on set to really key in on layout, display, and arranging items more intentionally. Additional props were rented from our collection at re:find Joy to help flush out certain areas and give a more lived-in look.

TABLES // Unison

Client: Unison (www.unisonhome.com)
Package: Tabletop Styling, Illustration, Floral Styling
Photographer: Mikey Litchfield, Potluck Creative (www.potluckcreative.com)

EVENT:
Well-Fashioned Feast: 
A Thanksgiving + Holiday Table Styling Event

Unison reached out for florals and tabletop styling for their in-store event, Well-Fashioned Feast: A Thanksgiving + Holiday Table Styling Event. At the event, I spoke with customers about decorating tricks, place setting options, and holiday styling ideas. We also enjoyed light refreshments from Boutique Bites + Perrier.

Unison did a lovely follow up interview that you can find HERE.

STILLS // bird watcher

The story began with the idea of bird watching and took wing from there. If one was a bird watcher, what would they need for a day of adventuring? 

We explored the themes of bird watching in the fall. There were so many questions to be asked. What supplies would one need to document and record their findings? What kinds of natural elements could be picked up along the trail? What navigational tools would one use to locate their bird treasures?

All of these thoughts go into every shoot. I love to have little details that help round out a story and give it character and personality. You begin to feel who this person or brand is, and what they're all about. Life is incredible, and that is really what draws you in.

STILLS // dingelhopper

This series arose out of merely picking up a fork. I was organizing my prop collection one morning, selecting flatware for an upcoming shoot, when I picked up this fork and thought, "Dinglehopper." It seemed worth exploring. I wanted there to be natural elements to these vignettes, because well, The Little Mermaid. 

I like putting contradictory textures together in vignettes. The flat lay above has the most delicate and soft serving platters from Canvas Home, combined with hard, gritty rocks found along the shoreline. I think these beautifully tarnishes flatware pieces and the soft blush linen help balance them out.

Of course, this one is a bit more obvious. The background texture is a woven rope rug, commonly seen in homes around the country. This one is a delicate shade of light blue that looks as if it had been hand-dyed. I wanted to showcase the handles of these forks - oh, the intricate floral pattern on that beauty! - so everything else slips into the background. A bowl of sea glass, with bottles to match, a pretty wood block cutting board for warmth, and a little skeleton key that leads to some mysterious treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean.

I imagine this as an escapist advertisement displaying the latest line of perfectly patinated flatware for your beach home.

This last one is my favorite. It's stark and bold, yet elegant. The vermillion cloth bound book is the background for a collection of flatware that was almost placed and forgotten. A fern frond and berzilia stems, combined with birds eggs spilling onto the scene ground the image with life. I love the organic gold shapes on that little plate, and the gold feathering on the edge of the cocktail glasses. This palette makes my heart sing with possibility.

It has been a season for exploration and discovery. I've been actively thinking about who I am as an artist and what I want to accomplish in this life. What will I leave behind? What mark will I make? 

STILLS // roaring 20s

The roaring 20s have to be one of my favorite eras of design history. The transition between Art Nouveau and Art Deco was one of the most interesting shifts, prompted by lifestyle and scenes of the times. This shoot was inspired by the minds of young people at the time, the electricity of the changing world, and the incredible detail being tailored into every scene and garment. 

I was picturing a couple madly in love, followed by a gushing, eager proposal and an intoxicating elopement. 

TABLES // prop showcase

Here is a snapshot of a product showcase for re:find Joy, the boutique prop rental company I own. We wanted to showcase the versatility of the surfaces and color palettes available, as well as how various pieces could fit together in a theme.

This collection was inspired by moon phases and Scandinavian design.

Many times the pieces pulled are inspired by what's going to be on them. The props are there to showcase the colors in the food. Here, the prop collection mimics the rosy, warm tones of grapes.

TABLES // zen

This tabletop was inspired by zen minimalism. We went with a very limited color palette, and pieces that had clean lines and design elements.

TABLES // events

Sharing a table is sacred. No matter the number seated at the table, a sense of community is felt. Creating that ambiance is something I treasure.

My styling work began in designing tablescapes and vignettes for events, and has expanded into a world of rich exploration. I am blessed to be able to focus my styling work curating props, creating crafts, or designing as the project allows.