I’ve been trying to make up for last winter by overbooking. We just wrapped our ninth shoot in June alone, and May was equally crazy.

Solstice DanceSomehow though, even with all the early mornings and late nights of chasing after models with a camera, we haven’t spent a lot of time taking full advantage of summer. TJ and I keep winding up shooting on piers, alleys, street corners and rocky crags, with no flowers or leaves to be seen. Aside from warm breezes (last Saturday’s frigid shoot aside), there’s not much we’ve done to visually capture this fleeting season. And I have an insatiable need to capture it all.

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So, between the editorials and studio work, I assigned myself- with the help of the ever amazing Grace Soto on hair and makeup- something soft, romantic, and really girly to do when TJ wasn’t around. I wanted simple. Simple, for me, is a challenge.

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This whole shoot wound up being somewhat spontaneous. We started later in the day than we planned to. I randomly felt inspired to shoot motion instead of the quiet, still, antique-style portraits I’d intended. We ditched the plain white, Edwardian day dress I had planned on using in favor of something more twirl-friendly. Something Shakespeare’s Titania might have worn when she invited Oberon to dance. It all just felt right, up until the point where the mosquitoes chased us out of the woods.

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I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.



  • Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
  • Location: Houghton Garden, Newton, MA
  • Photography/styling: Kayt Silvers
  • Hair/makeup: Grace Soto
  • Model: Liya Atanasova