Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Evergreen Inspiration

"I'm not sitting and waiting for inspiration to come to me, I'm going after it!" - Me

One of my favorite things to do is explore a new place. Whether it's a new town just a hour or so down the road or a new state on a cross country road trip. I get excited to discover what's alike and what's different about each new place. 

I had an idea on our last road trip, instead of releasing collections based on fashion trends and color palettes alone, like most designers, I would create collections based on places that inspire me.

What better place then our home, the evergreen state! Beautiful shades of green, emerald and mossy hues inspired by hikes through the forest and my favorite season, Fall!

For more info and pictures visit my etsy shop @ JESDesignStudio.etsy.com

*A big thank you to my beautiful friend Megan for modeling this collection!



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wild & Free Shoot

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Outside the city limits, the backcountry of Washington is incredible. Earlier this summer our team  coordinated an enchanted countryside shoot with Dannie Melissa Wit of Abeille Photography .The shoot would take place at the Kowgirl Spirit Ranch in Sedro Woolley, and at nearby wildflower field owned by the sweetest lady.
Dannie and I originally met at an Artists 4 Artist Project meet up in Seattle. We exchanged information and I knew from her smile and enthusiasm, we would get along great. That evening I found her on Instagram and followed the link to her website. Her distinct style and the glow that radiates in her photographs is dreamy.

 My mind began to wander with images and ideas. The barn on the property flashed into my mind. Its gorgeous at sunset when the light shimmers through the cracks in the aging wood. The horses, they are magical themselves. Each one has its own personality and presence that I knew would fit perfectly with the overall theme.

After a few phone conversation over the next few weeks, Dannie and I picked a date and the obvious location, the ranch that my husband and I call home.  Dannie suggested Anita Munson of Makeup, Brows and Lashes Oh My for Hair And Makeup styling and I'm so thankful she did! Anita is a joy to work with. Not only is she a fabulous hair and makeup artist she is so sweet  AND she brought her beautiful daughter Awnya Munson who was generous enough to join in as a model.

 The vibe would be Bohemian Country, so my arrowheads, raw crystals and other golden pieces were the perfect fit. I began pulling pieces and creating new designs for the shoot and quickly realized I needed help. I contacted Esther Maria Swaty whom I had also met at the Artists 4 Artists meet up.  I remembered her elegance and grace and in her introduction where she stated that she was a "jack of all trades". Esther joined the team as our stylist and I'm so thankful she was there the day of the shoot because she was a tremendous help in creating "looks" and even inspired some on the spot jewelry designs with me. Along with all her in the moment help Esther was also able to help us with finding Kol Unger our other beautiful model. Kol is a natural beauty and was the perfect addition to our team.

I am so thankful for this dream team of women. It recharges my creativity to shoot in nature and be surrounded with others who appreciate its beauty. I chose to call this shoot Wild & Free because so many of my designs are inspired by my time spent in nature. When I feel frustrated or have a creative block, stepping back and exploring the wildness and beauty around me frees my creative spirit. My hope is that you enjoy these images by Abeille Photography and that they inspire you to pursue your creativity.

*A special thanks to Tiarra Sorte for creating and hosting the Artists4ArtsitsProject 

XOX - Julie

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Becoming Workshop

This past Spring I was invited to be a part of the promotional shoot for a brand NEW workshop, that Austie Eckley along with Jake and Anna Tenney of SweetlifePhotography.com have created. 

"becoming" is a portfolio-building workshop for wedding makeup & hair creatives that we’ve created with the extremely talented AustieEckley.com. From hands-on training to professional stylized photos, this exclusive workshop is designed to provide a select number of aspiring artists everything needed to start or rebrand their high-end wedding makeup and hair businesses - visit www.austieeckley.com/becoming-workshop for more information. 
Newberg, OR - September 14 & 15, 2015

It has been a wonderful experience, working with this talented team of wedding professionals, not to mention seeing my designs photographed with such care and precision. I'm excited to see what the future holds for this amazing group of people and all the attendees who participate! 

There is still time to apply!!  The application deadline is August 15, 2015. 

Below are a handful of images from the promotional shoot. 

© Sweetlife Photography.

Makeup/Hair/Headpieces: Austie Eckley / http://austieeckley.com
Facebook: @Austie Eckley
Instagram: @austieeckley
Photography: Sweetlife Photography / www.lovethesweetlife.com
Facebook: @Sweetlife Photography » Portland, OR
Instagram: @sweetlifephoto.jake & @sweetlifephoto.anna
Twitter: @itsthesweetlife

Florals: Swoon Floral Design / http://swoonfloraldesign.com
Facebook: @Swoon Floral Design
Instagram: @swoon_floraldesign
Twitter: @swoonpdx

Gowns: Elizabeth Dye
Facebook: @Elizabeth Dye
Instagram: @elizabethdye

Styling: Sam Rosen / http://www.samantharosen.com
Facebook: @Sam Rosen Blog
Instagram: @samantharosen5
Twitter: @Samantharosen5

Jewelry: JES Design Studio / http://jesdesignstudio.blogspot.com
Facebook: @JES Design Studio
Instagram: @jesdesignstudio
Model provided by: Ryan Artists / http://www.ryanartists.com
Facebook: @Ryan Artists Inc.
Instagram: @ryanartists
Twitter: @ryanartists

ModelGrace Hess
Facebook: @Grace Hess
Instagram: @gracehess101