Late last summer, I had the privilege of working with my talented friend, Christina, of Christina Best Photography on a dreamy plant and photo shoot collaboration! I'm so excited to show off the gorgeous pictures she took of my patio, including lots of succulent inspiration and some outdoor styling ideas. I put my heart and soul into this space and feel lucky to have these pictures to serve as a great reminder of what I was able to create. Christina, I'm forever grateful to you for these photos, and more importantly your friendship!
When Christina reached out to me about collaborating on a DIY project, I was feeling inspired by the promise of a clean backdrop - my apartment's complex power washed and painted each building, in the weeks leading up to this shoot - I knew this was the perfect chance to capture my favorite space: my patio garden! I worked hard to get my pots in photo worthy condition (something more time consuming than I ever would have guessed). For the most part, I had collected enough outdoor goodies, that the bulk of my time preparing for this project was spent tidying each corner of the patios, and working on styling specific vignettes that would make for great photos. Can you spot the washi tape covered solar light? What about that DIY wood stump/end table that came from a pile of scrap wood I found off the side of a freeway? I'm proud of how these turned out, and certainly foresee a few blog posts about some specific projects seen here.
There were two patios at this apartment. The first, led from the parking lot to the front door and was spacious enough to fit the two big chairs and BBQ, plus three tomato plants, and my various succulent arrangements. (I removed the BBQ for this shoot.) The second patio was on the backside of the apartment, and was accessible through the kitchen and the master bedroom. I never spent much time out there because no matter how much I cleaned it, the surrounding bushes housed lots of bugs that crept into my plants and patio furniture. I mostly used the space as an extra spot for sunshine for a few of my plants, but otherwise, the outdoor entertaining happened in the front. For the purposes of this shoot, I did my best at styling both spaces with the furniture and plants I already had. I brought some indoor decor like the striped rug, grey hanging heart, and burgundy pillow, outside to cozy up the space.
I hope to share much more about my container gardening process, including what worked (succulents) and what didn't (cucumbers). But for now, enjoy the beauty of this fun lifestyle shoot we did back in August 2016. And don't forget to check out Christina's blog to see what fun stuff she's getting into lately.
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Christina and Anna (who are now engaged!) brought the best energy to this shoot. We had such a fun time chatting, and laughing while Christina snapped away. Anna is an awesome assistant, and they both made me feel comfortable, even while posing in front of the camera for the few glamour shots you got to see above. I felt like a modern day Martha Stewart while pretending to fluff the pillows and pose with my plants, which truthfully, has always been a goal of mine. :)
Thanks to Christina for making this dream of mine become a reality. I'll always cherish these photos, and the light you captured that sweet August night.