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Still Life: Coral Peonies

Hi there! How has your week been? We are doing very well here,  just getting ready for summer and enjoying lots of warm sunshine. Grace asks everyday, "How many more school days till Summer?" I remember that feeling - you can hardly wait to have lazy mornings in your pj's, endless afternoons running around the neighborhood with friends, hoping to hear the ice-cream truck approaching. No homework. Picnics in the park. Going to the beach. Wearing your swim suit all day. Childhood summers - I have many fond memories... Nowadays, filling the house with fresh peonies is a sure sign that summer is around the corner. Friends and family have been bringing me bouquets almost weekly! My two little Peony bushes only gave 6 blooms this year. I hope next year will produce a larger bunch. Let me know if you have any tips on making more pop!

I have been challenging myself to arrange some still life compositions to shoot outside of the product shots I take for the shop. This series featuring three amazing, King Peonies in coral was such a delight to photograph. I had to cut myself off. Enjoy...

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In case you are wondering, the backdrop is a vintage map of Rome and the other props are vintage goodies I have laying around my studio. It was fun to pull objects together and find harmony and balance in their arrangement. I did my editing in Photoshop using the Rad Lab plugin and I shot with my Canon XS Rebel with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens.

Have a lovely Thursday!

xo,

Ivy

Claire and the Peony

Hi friends. How are you all doing? Happy Friday. I hope your week has been lovely. It was my second week home alone with Claire while Chris was at his new job and I can honestly say that it went much smoother. Seems like we are finding out own rhythm and schedule. I do miss being able to pop into his office and say hello but I'm adjusting. The peonies I got for Mother's Day are in full bloom and are truly glorious. So I thought why not pair my favorite flower with my favorite baby girl...

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Claire bear will be 11 months old in two days. I can hardly believe it. Almost a year has flown by and she is desperately trying to walk.

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She is enamored with flowers (like her Mama) and always tries to grab at them when she gets the chance.

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She was surprisingly gentle with my dear peony and I am happy to report that no flowers were injured during this photo session.

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Thank you, Claire for being such a good little model for Mommy.

Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Ruffles of Pink and Red

Every week, I try and buy myself a little bouquet of flowers. It's my treat for the week and it makes me smile to see fresh blossoms on my table. Now that the ranunculus are in season, they have taken center stage in my home for the past two weeks...and of course, I had to take pictures! Enjoy...

Don't you just love them?...all those ruffles. sigh.

Now, go get yourself some flowers...seriously.  I mean it.

xo,

 

p.s. want more Ranunculus love...go here.

Flowering Branches

We've been a having a lot of rain lately and well...honestly... it's getting a little tiresome but I am taking great pleasure in witnessing the slow bloom of all the flowering trees. Dogwoods, cherry blossoms, camellias. I'll take them! Give me some brightness and beauty amidst the gray! This weekend, I plan on going out into the garden and bringing in some of these gorgeous flowering branches. They make the most beautiful display. Inexpensive, dramatic and inspiring you can't help but want them in your home. Check out these gorgeous images via Style and Home.com...

Don't you love the deep shades of navy, teal and amethyst and how they contrast against the lightness of the blooms? So lovely!

What spring blossoms are you enjoying where you are?

xo,

Flowers for you

Hello there. For Valentines Day, Chris brought home flowers for Grace and I. Roses for me and tulips for Grace. We were both very pleased!

I took photos of the bouquets, of course. While I was photographing them, Grace stood watching.

I made the comment, " Aren't they just so beautiful? I wish they lasted forever!"

She looked at me for a moment and said nothing, as if contemplating my statement.

Finally, she nodded solemnly and said, "Yes mommy, that would be nice but then they wouldn't be so special." I was floored. She says the most profound things sometimes! She amazes me.

Anyway, here are the pics...a little late.

As usual, I couldn't resist playing around with some textures. This last one is from Kim Klassen's collection. Go check out her awesome blog. She has some amazing photography (gallery here) and lots of ideas and tips!

Have a lovely Tuesday.

xo,

I heart my camera

Hi there! Hope your Monday is going smoothly. On Saturday, I took a fantastic photography workshop with Peter West Carey and I'm completely in LOVE with my new camera (now that I understand it)!  I look a little silly walking around the house and yard in my yoga pants and sweatshirt with my Canon around my neck but I don't really care. Every time the sun peeks out behind the clouds, I squeal and run outside desperate to capture the beautiful light.  Here are some of my humble attempts. I'm learning and loving it.

This lovely camellia is the first bloom in my garden. I was so happy to see her.

My poor kitty has been very patient with me...

I will leave you with another pic of my beloved camellia. I played with some filters on this one. So much fun!

Have a fabulous afternoon and thanks for having a look.

xo,