A little while back, I read an article by big time photographer Jack Alexander. While Jack Alexander I am not, his thoughts on doing a few unpaid photography jobs just to spark creativity and increase the exposure of my work really appealed to me. 2015 has been a year of major growth for me as a photographer. I find myself relaxing into my groove more, nailing things I used to struggle with, and, as a result, meeting clients I really want to work with. My visions are becoming easier to execute, which is an amazing feeling for any creative person. All of that said, there are still so many things I want to try. I'm a person who thrives on variety and mixing it up, so I decided to seek out a few little projects to inspire me and get my creative juices flowing. That objective is what lead me to Dear Paperie, run by tenacious hustler, Tina.
Dear is a budding (pun intended!) business specializing in various paper goods, but specifically in handmade, hand painted paper flowers. I dropped Tina a quick line and asked if she'd ever want to collaborate and create some pieces to shoot so we could both use the images for our portfolios. She was tickled, and we immediately started putting our (incredibly similar) brains together to plan a shoot with lots of models. In the midst of doing all of that, we exchanged a few of her pieces so I could play with photographing them in a studio-like setting. Anyone who follows my Instagram (@stayhomewithme) knows that this is right up my alley. I had a great time working with her holiday creations (so soft and beautiful without screaming OMG CHRISTMAS!) and thought as a little Christmas Eve treat, I'd share some of the shots with y'all. Stay tuned, because in Part II of this post, I'm going to share our styled shoot with lots, lots more of her beautiful creations.
If you're interested in having Tina create something for you, you can find her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://www.dearpaperie.com/.