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Kismet. Seriously.... kismet. | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern

Do you remember us sharing about the lavender field portrait session? You know, the one where all the dominos fell perfectly into place in a whirlwind even though it was raining and I was learning to dye material for the first time?? (Click here if you want to read that story) WELL…. you’re not going to believe THIS then - because the story continues and gets EVEN BETTER!

So, as you know, we were invited back to Frogholler Lavender Farm for their Harvest Day celebration to take portraits of their patrons and anyone else who wanted to participate. Well, it was an AMAZING day and all those dominos popped up again and turned into an incredible tale.

Meet Jonothan and Esther. They are getting married next month.

As part of their wedding planning, they wanted to pick all the lavender for their wedding decorations and gifts - plus use the day as a fun date. They’d set aside this past Saturday, June 15th, to go to a lavender farm in Charlotte, NC and pick all day.

The day, however, had other plans.

When Esther and Jonothan showed up to the Charlotte lavender farm, it was closed. Disappointed but not discouraged, they searched for another lavender farm - which took them THREE HOURS away to Raleigh, NC.

After driving to the lavender farm in Raleigh, they began to worry. It wasn’t what it had seemed online and it wasn’t going to fit their needs. Alas, they turned to Google once more and found Frogholler Lavender Farm’s Harvest Day celebration.

Upon arriving at the farm a mere 45 minutes before the Harvest Day closed, Esther and Jonothan were warmly welcomed by Dorthea. She gave them a tour and told them that the official farm photographer (me) was there if they wanted to have their portraits made. As Dorthea introduced me, Esther’s eyes lit up. Esther then excitedly explained that she and Jonothan never had engagement portraits done and they’d given up on the prospects and resigned to taking a selfie in the lavender field to print as a large canvas for their wedding reception. Coincidentally, this meant they’d brought their traditional attire with them.

See - KISMET! All these dominos falling into place far in advance for so many awesome moments to happen! I. Love. This.

In the end after a discouraging day for Esther and Jonothan, coupled with the dominos falling into place for me weeks earlier, Jonothan and Esther were able to have professional portraits made and have a beautiful experience together.

It all goes to show that sometimes the plans set in place for our lives are bigger and better than we could imagine.

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio

Esther and Jonothan dressed in their culture's traditional wedding attire standing in a lavender field | Winston Salem Portrait Photographer Jasper & Fern | traditional wedding headdress | lavender farm outdoor portraits | engagement session | lifestyle photographer | professional photographer |photography studio


Behind the Scenes of The Secret Garden Promotional Shoot
The digital background purchased for the promotional images of which’s lighting I needed to match.

The digital background purchased for the promotional images of which’s lighting I needed to match.

Hello, Lovelies!!

Recently we had the opportunity to work with the Spring Theatre, located right here in downtown Winston-Salem, on their promotional imagery for their production of The Secret Garden. The marketing director, who also happens to be an incredible designer at www.carrieleighdickey.com, approached me about photographing their lead (Mary Lennox) in a manner for which she could be then superimposed on a digital background they had purchased.

After examining the lighting in the original photograph of the desired backdrop, I decided I could replicate the light.

We had our session and I sent the final 6 choices to Carrie, who then presented the photographs to the producers. Carrie then edited the photograph of little Mary Lennox onto the digital background.

Watch the video below to see how we mimicked the look and what the final poster looks like.

Celebrating Rebecca
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She came in poised, intention in every movement. She was the kind of woman who automatically commanded a room with quiet leadership. She smiled as we exchanged greetings and then sat on our dark velvet grey couch, setting a folder squarely to her side and then briskly folding her hands in her lap. Meeting her expectant air, I began to ask her about her needs.

Upon determining her need for portraits was specific to her profession, I asked “What do your portraits need to achieve?”

”I am not sure what I need. I know what I don’t want. I don’t want to be too corporate,” Rebecca replied swiftly. She was always straight to the point.

As I continued learning about her, I determined that, with her move to a director’s position at a new company in a new state and the different leadership and potential speaking roles she would be filling, she needed branded headshots to represent her fully. After expressing my assessment, she then handed me the folder.

I smiled. It was clear upon opening the folder that she had been assessing me much as I had been assessing her. She’s the perfect fit for her new director’s role. Inside the folder were magazine clippings of professional women’s portraits that were professional and just corporate enough without crossing into rigid territory. Off-handedly, Rebecca mentioned that there was a clipping in the folder of a pose which we had already discussed. I was glad for her scrutiny to make sure I was the photographer she truly wanted.

Her session ended up being wonderful! We achieved several different headshots to be used in a variety of forms, from her speaking gigs to her everyday office use.

Celebrating the Ladies of Lancome

The door was ajar and a chorus of laughter greeted me even before I knocked on at my clients’ suite at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon my knock, Lauren, the team liaison, ushered me into the bustling room. Hairspray clouds burst in the air as lipstick colors were mixed and cut across mirrored pallets. Against the wall, a team of stylists was hurriedly at work on the hair and makeup of several women.

"All these powerful, type-A women in one room working together like a well oiled machine. It was hard to not observe and admire.   We briefly chatted about their team headshots and team portrait..."  Beauty Team Portraits | Corporate Team Portraits | Boss Babe | Strong Women | Stylists attire | What to wear as a high end stylist | How to wear all black | All black outfits | Proximity Hotel Greensboro North Carolina | Winston Salem Photographer | Jasper & Fern

As frenetic as the room was, if you stepped back to take it in, a symphony of beige, browns, blacks and dusty reds blurred together to create a cohesive, grounded color palette. It was a minor detail but somehow displayed just how well all 13 of these women formed together. This was the eastern division of Lancome. All these powerful, type-A women in one room working together like a well oiled machine. It was hard to not observe and admire.

The group of us briefly chatted. I’d been brought in to photograph their team headshots and team portrait. As I’d only had contact with the team liaison thus far, it was important to me that I gather as much about each person and how they interacted with each other as quickly as possible as well as dictate what could be expected from their time with me.

I worked with each woman one-on-one, focusing on their individual personalities. Then, we also did team portraits, feeding off of each others interactions. There was hair flipping and top-model smizing going on by the end, finishing out the session with just as much laughter as there was to start the day.

"All these powerful, type-A women in one room working together like a well oiled machine. It was hard to not observe and admire.   We briefly chatted about their team headshots and team portrait..."  Beauty Team Portraits | Corporate Team Portraits | Boss Babe | Strong Women | Stylists attire | What to wear as a high end stylist | How to wear all black | All black outfits | Proximity Hotel Greensboro North Carolina | Winston Salem Photographer | Jasper & Fern
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Lancome East Coast Division Beauty Team Portraits | Corporate Team Portraits | Boss Babe | Strong Women | Glamour | Women's Headshots | Professional Portraits of Women | Women Supporting Women | Stylists attire | What to wear as a high end stylist | Beauty team | How to wear all black | All black outfits | Proximity Hotel Greensboro North Carolina | Winston Salem Photographer | Jasper & Fern | Monochrome makeup looks for middle aged women | pink lipstick for middle aged women | pink lipstick for women in their forties | lip colors for warm toned skin | Auburn hair color
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I can’t not mention these ladies below either! We had some extra time in our session. So, I made a point to photograph the style team who made the ladies above look awesome!

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