Midsummer Night's Dream Inspired Shoot

So grateful to have been a small part of this romantic and gorgeous shoot.
Midsummer Night's Dream was probably my favorite back when I was in school.. I almost jumped up and down when I saw the photos. Breathtaking!

Here are some shots of my contributed work - some of which are not included in the feature. 
See the whole feature here!

Vendors :
photography: Leighanne Herr // venue: Chateau Cocomar Houston, Texas // event design: Leighanne Herr and Dolce Designs // florals: Flora&Eventi // hair + makeup: Sunkissed and Madeup // dress: A & Bé Bridal Shop // paper aisle runner + invitation suite: Kelly Lee Design // ring: Trumpet and Horn // shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // cape: Minaree Finery // veil: Gossamer // men’s suit: Nordstrom // flower crown: Love, Sparkle, Pretty // cakes: Dolce Designs // tables + chairs: Aztec Rentals // cake table + candleholders: The Borrowed Flea // ribbon: Silk and Willow // models: Lauren Toppe and Isaac Thomas // film lab: Richard Photo Lab

A Wall To Remember

I love when my brides push me to new limits and challenges. This wall is definitely on my list of favorites. The bride wanted something more than a typical seating chart, so we came up with this concrete wall (built by hand by her fiancé!) for me to paint on.

The wall was "roughed up" with quick layers of concrete, then I went in with a base muted gray.

The beautiful truth about paintings is that what you see when you look at it is rarely what was first painted on. Underneath the "final" layer are all the rest of the layers that came before. This wall was no exception. I painted, covered with gray, painted some more, covered some more. It was an entire process. Every time I would cover a part up, someone would ask, "why?" I didn't have an answer.. it just wasn't it.

But the best part of the process is that moment when I find "it." When I find "it," that's when I go. I paint fast because I need to get it out of me before I lose "it." 

This wall took me about two full days, and I enjoyed every moment of it. By the time I had most of the background done (before the lettering) I realized I stopped using brushes and began using my hands. I took a photo of my hand because I loved it.

It was.. pretty.

It was so great seeing the final wall at the venue. 

Haley Sheffield Photography

Haley Sheffield Photography

Haley Sheffield Photography

Haley Sheffield Photography

Thankful for the opportunity.


Baby Butterfly

Two months ago, my dear friend had a darling baby girl. 
She wanted to create special monthly announcement photos so her photographer and I collaborated - she took the image and I added my illustrations!

So happy and honored to be a part of this pretty little project.
Can't wait to watch this little butterfly grow. Stay tuned for the second one coming soon!


Sea Creatures

Happy Saturday!

Here's one of my favorite whales, the orca, that I drew a few months back.
I drew over it and scribbled madly with my Pilot pen. I actually wanted a tattoo of an orca a while back but couldn't figure out where I would put it on my body. Anyway, I really like drawings with "movement" so maybe I will keep at it. Ooh, maybe I can have a series of framed illustrations of ocean dwellers.

I wonder if I am the only one who has trouble getting my brain to sizzle with inspiration.. I read many articles where they talk about how creative brains tend to run too fast or too slow - never consistent. But, I mean, that's everyone, no? I think I just need to keep pushing myself to go back to the basics. Grab my sketchbook and just go sit somewhere and draw what I see. Pen, so that I can't erase any mistakes. I found a quote..

"I don't have inspiration. I only have ideas. Ideas and deadlines." -Stan Lee

How awesome is that quote?
Has the concept of finding inspiration become hollow and vague now? Sometimes I find so much "inspiration" around me that I don't know what to do. That makes no sense!

I think I ruined my favorite pen..
I'm thinking octopus next? Yes.