Art in Bloom!
Artists Being Creative Together
I wanted the opportunity to shoot flowers that weren’t in a bouquet or a flower crown. I love flower crowns, but I tend to shoot those a lot in weddings and styled shoots. This project unintentionally grew out of my Bridal Decrepitude Project with makeup artist Kristi Martinson, of Wink Hair & Makeup. After seeing her do some amazing work with rose petals, “Bloom!” was born. It evolved into a collaborative project with several hair stylists, florist, models, and makeup artist. The only guideline was that they couldn’t do flower crowns and then let them create whatever they wanted with each model.
Flowers! Who Needs Them?
The entire project would have never gotten off the ground without the donations of all the florals. Some never knew they donated the flowers because I was gifted them from brides, after their weddings. I was given a range of flowers and greenery, and each time the artist stepped up and created a great look on the models. Usually, I wouldn’t know what flowers I was getting until the morning of the shoot. With one of the florals I was at an event, and before I left, I was offered a few of the centerpieces. While driving home I was able to put together a model, a hair stylist, and makeup artist to shoot the next day at 11 am.
Dreams Come True
I consider myself a very small time photographer, and I always dreamed of doing big creative photoshoots. I never really expect to be able to accomplish any of my concepts. Without the help of amazing artist, I would probably still be dreaming. Not one person “phoned in” their contribution. Just to mention a few people: the ladies from Wink stayed up till the early morning hours designing a floral collar, Allie Carter created a necklace out of cabbage leaves, and Alexis Ripley took wildflowers and makeup to build a botanical mohawk with pollen and dirt. I was amazed by everyone’s attention to detail, whether it was a simple look or a large headdress.