I recently did a project with a group of talented women and three of the images were chosen to be published in a magazine. That’s pretty cool, right? I think so. It was my first publication, and the physical magazine just arrived at the studio! It feels incredible to touch this piece of art, thumb through the pages and see our work right there in print. I get this same thrill each time a print or album arrives for a client.
You can check out the digital version of RIZING MAGAZINE here.
The desire for validation is a normal human trait.
Having our work published is incredible because of the validation that it gave for not only our vision coming together but that our actual work was good enough. There is validation in being chosen to represent the magazine itself and being placed next to other incredible art and artists. It’s like winning a prize. I feel like maybe that is what some of my clients are feeling when their images are chosen to be posted on social media. But, that external validation isn’t the most important thing.
Collaboration and connection are key.
Looking back at the actual work and effort each individual put in behind the scenes was the actual win for me. There was an energy at the studio of give and take, sharing skills and creativity that you do not get on your own. I thrive from being surrounded by creativity and get inspired just being in the same room with other artists. It lights a fire in my belly and makes me come alive. I get this way when I meet other business owners or my clients for the first time. (So…when you finally meet me in person and we start chatting, it may get weird! But don’t worry, that’s when all the good stuff happens. LOL )
It takes a village, especially for this shoot.
We all felt a connection when we met online. Remember your mother warning you not to meet up with strangers online? They could all be murderers, right? Well, those weirdos are still out there so please be careful, but thankfully these women were not. Dottie, Maude and I met last year during the Mother’s Day giveaway that we collaborated on and we decided back then that we had to work together again. Dottie then brought in Sarra, and Kacy, both from IG connections. Dottie also took the lead on getting a vision together with Maude. They created a mood board with colors and textures, shopped for clothing at Last Chance and we brought all of our skills together at the studio here in Lemont. I love what we created together and I hope you enjoy the story of romance and fantasy we created.
The Anemone Flower
Creative director, hair stylist Dottie Salamone
Photography Molly Hebda – Motion Inspired
The description for this floral collaboration is taken straight from telelfora.com. teleflora.com/meaning-of-flowers/anemone
Meaning & Symbolism of Anemone
The name anemone comes from the Greek word for “windflower.” According to Greek mythology, the anemone sprang from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis.
Thought to bring luck and protect against evil, legend has it that when the anemone closes its petals, it’s a signal that rain is approaching.
Still, another mythology connects the anemone to magical fairies, who were believed to sleep under the petals after they closed at sunset. Perhaps it’s because of these magical and prophetic tales that today in the language of flowers, anemones represent anticipation.