I’ve been keeping a little secret but now I get to let you in on it! I’m so excited to have my photography published in Flea Market Decor Magazine August/September 2019 Issue and I have to thank Kelly Rideout! I first met this talented lady when our booths were next to each other at the Behind the Picket Fence flea market in Costa Mesa in 2014. It was my first time selling at a flea market and I was a little bit nervous. Kelly and her daughter Noelle had their booth, Far Away Hood, all set up to create custom signs and the Mother/Daughter team were the best neighbors I could have ever asked for. Since then we’ve seen each other while selling our goods at flea markets, including the Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, CA and also at The Coast Vintage Market in Mission Viejo, CA.
Now that I’m focusing on photography, I asked Kelly in March if I could take an Environmental Portrait of her for my Digital Photography class and I’m so thankful she said yes! Not only did I take her portrait but I got to take pictures of her and Noelle and her beautiful barn on her property in Fallbrook. And let me just tell you that her homestead is major goals for me. Gorgeous house? Check! Spacious Barn? Check. Tranquil pond with a dock and ducks? You better believe it. I’ve dreamed of living out in the countryside in a beautiful home just like Kelly’s and I’m so jealous, but in a good way. I’m thrilled that she’s living her best life in her gorgeous surroundings. #Goals
Her barn is such a dream painted in traditional red and trimmed in crisp white. Adding to the perfection was the full hillside of beautiful wild flowers stretching their pretty faces up to the sky after all of the spring rain we had. Inside the barn Kelly is set up to host creative “Wine & a Sign” classes where students can come in and create a one-of-a-kind barn-wood and metal signs for their home or for a gift for someone special.
The walls have so many signs displayed in a rainbow of colors that your creative juices can’t help but flow!
Kelly with her sweet pup, Hope.
Thank you, Kelly, for letting me take your portrait and this incredible opportunity. And congratulations on being featured in Flea Market Decor Magazine!
Journey Christine is featured as a La Belle Fav Model and I’m so happy for her. I was lucky to meet five year old Journey Christine in September. After talking to her mom about my plan for the shoot I found the perfect dress from Biscotti and designed a Beyonce-inspired floral crown for Journey to wear. Not only is Journey absolutely adorable but she has the most charming personality. She flitted from tree to tree, like a precocious little pixie, in a gorgeous park in Pasadena, California and worked her magic for the camera. The results were stunning and I’m so thrilled for her continued success.
To learn more about Journey Christine, visit her on Instagram and see all of the incredible work she’s already done for Disney, Honda, Walmart, Kohl’s, Home Depot and other top companies.
On a cloudy and pale July morning we set out to capture images of the mysterious Lady of the Lake.
The warmth of Summer held us in its languid embrace and the wildness of the wetlands enveloped us in enchantment.
With a smoldering look and the hint of mystery in her eye, the Lady of the Lake withheld all of her secrets from us.
The Enchantress beckoned us to come closer.
From the wetlands we moved on to a nearby pool and created magic as the sun rose hot and high in the sky.
I always love to see Behind the Scenes photos so I can see the scene from the perspective of someone else.
I’m so grateful to this team that I had the privilege of working with and especially thankful to Hair Stylist, Nicole Martin and Fashion Designer, Kasha Faye for inviting me to be a part of this collaboration. I’ve been officially published in a print magazine, the August 2018 issue of Avant Garde Magazine, and I have this amazing team to thank! I feel so lucky to know so many talented artists and to be able to create this beautiful shoot, surrounded by a talented fashion designer, a hairstylist who transforms models tresses during New York Fashion Week and my friend, Emmy Award Winning Make Up ArtistMargaux Lancaster, was a dream come true. The model, Nicole Fitzgerald, is a delightful soul and we recently got together to take some lifestyle and fitness shots of her and I can’t wait to share them! And I feel so thankful that my husband, Phil Barker, came along on the shoot and was my photography assistant and runner. Thank you, everyone!