Being a photo-stylist, I mostly find myself in front of the camera; directing, styling... creating. Rarely do I look through the lens, and even rarer still do I take photos directly. Sure, I post pictures on Instagram and Facebook, but when faced with the task of orchestrating the scene from behind the camera, I usually shy away. This week however I decided to go back to my college roots and get behind the camera to capture what inspires me. Here's a little peek into the mini session I did with an average kitchen staple: the onion. I know it seems like the unlikely star of a photoshoot, but inspired by the sunlight on my kitchen table while prepping for supper, I decided to take a moment to appreciate this humble vegetable.
This to me is as much an ode to the onion as it is to appreciating the small things and the innate beauty that all things have. There are movements inspired by slowing down and appreciating the small things, most refer to that movement as Slow Living or Quiet Living. There are beautiful blogs and magazines like Kinfolk or A Quiet Style that are dedicated to the concept, but besides reading those blogs I'm not exactly a strict adherent. Most people would describe me as a-mile-a-minute... While I love contemplating the intricate beauty of a blossom or the rising steam on a coffee cup, you'll more often find me running wildly around our apartment with one shoe on, a toothbrush in hand and a toddler in tow, desperately trying to get out the door on time.
That's why this week has been so important. I NEEDED the down time, I NEEDED underwear time, and I NEEDED 12 hours of Netflix iZombie episodes---ok, maybe that took it too far, but you get the idea, I needed to slow-down. After taking some time this week to do just that, and unplugging myself from the computer I found myself drawn and inspired by the simplest of beauties. The way the light hit the window in the morning, the brambles on my morning walk stripped of leaves but still clinging onto the dark dried berries of summer and lastly, the way a bag of onions cascading out of their sack with their paper thin skins looked bewilderingly and intriguingly beautiful, like soft, papery, flowers. Here's a peek into what inspired me. Maybe take a few moments this week to find your own little everyday beauties.
As always get in touch with us if you need photo-styling help, product photography or event design, we'd love to be a part of your beautiful moment. Here at Autumn Wood Stylist HQ we're enjoying the late fall/early winter and are enjoying the early morning snuggles in robes and slippers around a hot cup of coffee. Our new favorite coffee? Vancouver's 49th Parallel Coffee--the Old School Espresso Blend.