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Frida- My love

“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” 
― Frida Kahlo

 If you know me, you know that I have an unquenchable love for Frida Kahlo. Her story, her strength despite her broken body and broken heart, her talent, her view point and her unapologetic attitude and personality. Frida is just that... Frida. She shares through her portraits a vulnerability that most of us aren't brave enough to explore about ourselves let alone share it with the world. Her story has inspired me to embrace all the parts of myself -- even the weird, dark or scary.

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you."

Its nice to know there are other women out there that feel a little bit cracked from the inside out, that have a few weird quirks and unibrows that grow wild and free. Women that find love, loose love, suffer loss, health problems and discouragement and yet continue to press forward, to make the world around them more beautiful and stand as a beacon of strength for others around them. Lets be bizarre and flawed and beautiful together. Lets let the light enter our cracks, lets beautify the world around us and let our unibrows grow wild (just kidding that's going too far, keep those brows on fleek ladies) 

A few years ago I found a few other ladies in the biz that felt love for Frida as well, to collaborate on a shoot in conjunction with her birthday. I wanted to share a few again as her birthday is fast approaching. 

  • Photo- Miesh Photography 
  • Model- Misty Lucero
  • Hair and Make up: Elise Harris @beautyonthebrain:
  • Wardrobe:  Mary Ann Horne @muchachamary


Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under inspiration, Frida, Woman Power.

Leather and Lace Inspiration Shoot

Last summer Michelle of Miesh Photography and I met with Valerie the Editor of Utah Bride and Groom to  brainstorm this crazy, awesome, off the wall, slightly terrifying close to tacky shoot over breakfast. We felt like it could be INCREDIBLE if we played it right. As we chose different elements during planning we wondered which side of the fence we teetered on with each wild choice. 

Inspired by old school video games, rubik's cubes and 80's punk, this shoot came together with magic I couldn't have anticipated. We couldn't have done it without amazing vendors and stunning models. I am so thrilled to be able to finally show how this came together! 

  Michelle and I had this wild idea for the Bride's dress that we crudely sketched out and never thought we would be able to get our hands on the real deal but LOW AND BEHOLD Hart of the Mountain brilliantly caught our vision and produced this killer dress. The bridesmaid's clothes came from Chalk Garden Co-op and all the ladies shoes came from Solestruck. I am still mad at myself for not stealing the bride's heels. Our handsome groom's suit came from Beckett and Robb. 

Everything in the wedding world has been soft, peach, romantic and ultra feminine. We wanted to find a balance between stunning and edgy for a Bride that wants something a little different than you find on every pinterest wedding board. Branch out! Personalize your wedding, think outside the box, find inspiration from your past and make it your own. Everyone will remember the wedding of the season that was different. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This dress was everything!


                                                                                                                                    This dress was everything!


Peter Loves Jane NAILED these invitations! 

Fun fact: the day of the shoot was Rubik's cube 40th anniversary

RIng by O.C. Tanner and necklace from Chalk Garden Co-op


Photography: Miesh Photography

Bridal Gown:  Hart of the Mountain

Grooms Suit: Beckett & Robb  
Shoes: Allen Edmonds

Bridesmaids Clothes: Chalk Garden Co-op
Shoes: Solestruck

Wedding Ring: O.C. Tanner, Jewelers

Signature Cocktail: Bar-x

Paper and Invitations: Peter Loves Jane

Cake: Cake-a-licious

Location: Mod a-go-go

Hair and Make up: Studio Enizio

Posted on January 15, 2015 and filed under inspiration, wedding, gold black and white, edgy.