Inspiration from Nature: Color, Shape, and Pattern

Hammock in the trees (c)2012 La Domestique

October is flying by and it seems all my projects involve everything but food. Being a freelancer is fun because I never know what kind of project lies just around the corner. Most recently, I photographed my friend Kerry, founder of Comma Workshop, quilting in her beautiful studio and I’m working on a project styling luxury handwoven purses with a photographer for another client. Food is still my favorite subject, but it’s fun to branch out and grow as an artist. I don’t have a recipe for you today, but I would like share a few photos I captured on a trip to Seattle in August. Nature is a huge inspiration for my lifestyle and food styling. Even though it was still technically summer in Seattle, the overcast skies and cool temperatures felt very autumnal. Usually, when I think of lying in a hammock I picture ocean waves, sunny skies, and a refreshing drink, but it’s interesting to see a hammock at the edge of dark and mysterious woods. Instead of a lemonade I picture sipping a cuppa hot tea and getting lost in a copy of Alice in Wonderland.

A path through the woods (c)2012 La Domestique

This path through the woods made me think of the old Hansel and Gretel fairy tale.

Berries on the bush (c) 2012 La Domestique

The foliage in Seattle is overwhelmingly green, with bursts of red berries that almost seem florescent.

Blue Berries against lush forest (c) 2012 La Domestique

It’s challenging to capture detail when the background is full of leaves in so many shapes and textures. I liked how the light kissed these dusty blue berries.

Fern (c)2012 La Domestique

Leaves (c) 2012 La Domestique

Flora and fauna of the arid Front Range in Colorado (where I live) is so specific and often monotone (pine trees in the mountains and dry scrub in the foothills) that I always appreciate the diverse plants in other parts of the country. I got a high off the visual stimulation from so many shapes and textures in the temperate rain forest of Washington. I returned home inspired by nature with new ideas for styling and photographing.

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  1. Absolutely, I am inspired by traveling to the Pacific Northwest. I get excited whenever someone discovers its absolute lush beauty. We love the Seattle area too, but are particularly drawn to the Oregon coast and countryside of pine forests. You captured the area beautifully and I am so glad you had a wonderful time on your trip.

    • Sarah,
      I love Oregon as well, especially driving past vineyards towards the beach.

  2. Those are lovely photos, Jess. You were almost in my neck of the woods, over on the eastern side of the state. It looks like you’ve been up to some fun projects. I hope we get to see more of what you’ve been working on.

    • Ginger,
      I’m glad you enjoyed this post, I love that part of the country. Sometime soon I will share more of my lifestyle projects here at la domestique.

  3. Beautiful pictures, Jess. I can’t help but notice the difference in plants and trees when we travel and it’s fun to compare. I can see why you found inspiration!

    • Nicole,
      Thanks! I just got home from a trip and I’ve been looking forward to checking out your Nashville trip on your blog!

  4. Jess, nature is always inspiring for me too. I lived in Seattle for the first 10 years of my life and I feel deeply imprinted by the wet lush beauty there.

    • It’s really a wondrous place, Erin. Thanks for saying hi!


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