It's been a weird end to one month and start to another.
This past fall, we had some visitors in the shop, who began a conversation with me, one thing lead to another and I've found myself on the February cover of Today's Woman magazine. It was kind of strange seeing myself on the cover, but it was a lot of fun doing it. It's a little crazy, truly placing your trust in another person to find your best- whatever that is- and make it visible.
As I stood there with my flowers while the pros checked their lights, fixed stray hairs and adjusted beautiful dangling earrings- I truly tried to be in the moment and think about the people I wish were there with me while this strange and wonderful moment took place.
The one main person who came to mind was the lovely man that lived upstairs from our shop for the first thirteen years of me growing my business in Jeffersonville. Larry was this lovely, gifted, artist who was just so kind and generous and always a quiet little cheerleader for me. I truly appreciated his friendship and his very own wonderful, artistry. Although he passed away about a year ago, I thought about him being in that room with me, what he would have said to encourage me and make me feel at ease. I thought of him during that shoot, to help keep myself calm. I think the cover caught me thinking of him- and I think he would have been very happy for me.
Thank you ladies of Today's Woman magazine- for capturing the side of me I tend to keep tucked away. A special thank you to Julie Houser for her hair and make-up talents, Melissa Donald for making me feel comfortable in front of your camera lens, and Marie Bradby for your kind article.
That photo however, is not the photo you see on this post. This photo, shot by photographer Crystal Ludwick, captured the version of me that is thinking my clients are depending on me. They're expecting perfect, creative flowers and I and my design team, will deliver. I might not be smiling on the outside, but I am beyond smiling inside. Flowers make me happy- always. The 'shop' me, my hair up, in work mode, in my second home is what you see in her photo. I truly love what I do- every day. This photo was shot for our spot on the FEVA.org Floral Vendor's page- FEVA is the Fair Event Vendor Alliance, which we are very proud to be a part of.
Looking for someone to capture the real you on your wedding day or for any of life's wonderful occasion? Check out Crystalludwickphoto.com- she's a photo ninja and a FEVA member, too.