Monday, March 23, 2015

Papaya Collaboration: Creative Process, Color, and Inspiration

The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
Hans Hofmann 

A few months ago I was sent a beautiful box of goodies by Papaya as part of a fun collaboration. I shot a few self portraits inspired by the beautiful colors and women created by artist Anahata katkin. I have been a looong time fan of her work and Papaya so this whole thing was surreal for me.

I was given creative freedom with what to create so initially I had no idea what direction I would take. I was most inspired by the COLOR and positive vibes throughout the pieces. The quote above is one of the many beautiful and inspiring quotes that run throughout Papaya. In terms of color I was really feeling
the pinks and teals surrounded by a darker backdrop. From there I started playing around with different shades in my makeup collection, and the patterns and textures in my clothing and accessories. I was also really inspired by the flowers in her work and wanted to incorporate those as well. These images show some of the initial play time I did. I will be sharing the final portraits in the next post!


Monday, March 16, 2015


“I sit before flowers hoping they will train me in the art of opening up 
I stand on mountain tops believing that avalanches will teach me to let go
I know nothing but I am here to learn.”
Shane Koyczan

"As you change your point of view, your views bring about a change in you." George Alexiou

"Wherever you are, you're in the right place. So let yourself enjoy the view." Unknown

Mountains have a way of putting you in your place. It's amazing how seeing from a different view can put things into perspective. You feel quite small and humble in the scope of things. They take my breath away while simultaneously giving me the exact breath of fresh air I need.

I took these on the way back from a mini vacation we took to New Hampshire a few weeks ago for our anniversary. Most of them were taken driving by but some were also taken at stops along the way to take it all in. We had a great time exploring, skiing and enjoying each others company in a different environment. I often crave seeing with new eyes and I always feel a strong pull towards mountains so this hit the spot. Hope you enjoy a small piece of what I brought back with me :)