Botanical Inspired Shoot

Sometimes you find inspiration in the strangest of places and in the most unique objects, which I find myself on a continual search for.  Sometimes you find this in distant travels, across oceans and long stretches of road, but sometimes you find it in your own backyard...literally! My parents have this amazing 100 year old home in Kirkland. Washington. Before they owned it, it was a 7 acre dairy farm with a central farm house and a series of buildings on the property where everything from milk processing to fruit was stored during harvest season. One particular out building was where the farmer and his wife stored their tools and personal belongings, almost like a garage, without any vehicles in it. The amount of dust and debris always kept us from really exploring deeper into this building, until my parents decided to turn it into a guest house years later. I still remember a bright and warm Saturday morning, one Summer, my dad got me and my brother to help go through the "shed" and pull out anything worth grabbing before it was demoed the next day. We found a series of old tools and farming equipment amongst a bunch of stuff that just appeared to be trash..but beyond the main room was a small door that lead to a closet. I believe this is where the farmer's wife had her stash, as we found a series of old hats, books, perfume bottles and apothecary related items. I was in heaven! After dusting everything off, the real fun began! I found everything from medicine bottles for different animals on the property, to a collection of vintage toothbrushes, to a beautiful vintage bottle of Chanel No.5. These findings, amongst the trailing ivy that had grown in through the dusty windows set the stage as the inspiration for this shoot. Many of the items used in the shoot were from this shed and are items that hold great nostalgia to myself, as they give a glimpse of a simpler life that was lived on this property before we had the privilege of moving in. Enjoy these stunning photos from Ali Mae Photo, as you take a trip down memory lane with us. 

Photography: Ali Mae Photo | Hair & makeup: Melissa Korn | Paper Goods: Libby Tipton | Model: Lauren Alexander | Table: Seattle Farm Tables