The number 1 way to keep a flower alive.

 

Black Calla Lily

Black Calla Lily by Jeanine Thurston

I’m going to tell you straight off… I KILL FLOWERS.  Not on purpose, but if you leave them in my care… well – they don’t last long.  And… I’ll attribute that to my LOVE of flowers – you always want what you can’t have, or in my case what I can’t maintain.  I find them fascinating!  The shapes, the colors and because I can’t grow them or keep them alive for long, I have decided that photographing them and hanging them on my wall is my only option.

So the number 1 way to keep a flower alive?  Hang a portrait on your wall in a print or canvas… PERFECT FOREVER.

Go ahead – comment below – what is your favorite flower?  It may be the next one I photograph!

Floral Series

Photographer: Jeanine Thurston

 

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Photographer: Jeanine Thurston

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Photographer: Jeanine Thurston

Kreation Krate Craft Event

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Kreation Krate Craft Event

 When: Sunday, June 22, 1-4pm

Where:

1045 Lincoln Street, Suite 301 – Denver, CO 80203

Parking:

Street parking is free in Denver on Sundays – and there is plenty of parking around the studio.  There is also a parking lot available to the North of the building that is $5 for a 2 hour period of time.  But if you’re like me… grab the free street parking!

 

Fototails is hosting an exciting new event at our studio in downtown Denver. If you haven’t heard about Kreation Krate, you are in for a treat! Kreation Krate is a monthly craft box filled with supplies to complete two crafts. One craft is for yourself, and one craft you create and gift to others, either through a random act or through a charity. Crafting is a great way to show kindness towards others, and Kreation Krate gets you started!

 

You can check out www.kreationkrate.com to see examples of previous month’s boxes, and check out their blog and reviews.

 

Join the owner of Kreation Krate, Shawna Grover on

Sunday, June 22 from 1-4pm for a fun day of crafting. All you need to bring is yourself as all the supplies will be provided!

The cost is $26, which includes June’s Kreation Krate, drinks and snacks. Only 5 spots are available, so sign up now to reserve your spot! E-mail jennyb@fototails.com or Shawna@kreationkrate.com to RSVP.

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5 Things to AVOID REGRET.

1. Create your path.  Be who you are and don’t let another create your path for you.  One of your greatest joys is the journey of finding yourself in life.  Don’t be afraid of judgement from others, and don’t fear your heart and opening it to others.  Walk your own path and know it is ok if people disagree with you.

2. Be giving.  Live your life by doing good for others.  Set selfishness aside and toss your ego in the trash.  Think about times when people made you smile, gave to you for no reason and pass a little of that along every day.  It is freeing, motivating and it makes your heart happy in the process.  Giving gives back 10 fold and feeds your sole.

3. Manage don’t micromanage.  Take a deep breath and let things go.  Make a conscious decision at some point in managing a project to let things play out.  Let go of your anxiety – walk away – and know that you don’t need to have control and know about every single detail.  You can always re-evaluate small flaws in your plan and make it better next time – and surround yourself with people who allow you to let go more easily.

4. Own yourself.  Flaws are in your mind – they are a product of your own creation – they are not real.  You’re skin, your weight, your shape, your scars, your tragedies, the way you think are all a part of you.  Just because you have been brainwashed that there is such a thing as beautiful or ugly doesn’t make it true.  Nobody is perfect and time spent thinking you are somehow less than perfect is wasting precious time that you could be using to enjoy yourself and all the people and things that you love.

5. Dreams are real.  You owe it to yourself to dream and dream often… dream every day, dream as BIG as you can and go with it.  Don’t ever feel that dreams and daydreams are a waste of time… UNLESS you never act towards them.  That’s right… they are only a waste of time if you don’t get up and DO something about them.  Pick one of your dreams and put your energy towards it today… put it in motion!  Every amazing idea, every amazing happening started with a dream… and happened because someone got up and decided that they would TRY to make it possible.

So get up today.  Be proud of who you are – and own all of your imaginary flaws that make you a beautiful and perfect individual.  Give someone a smile, a helpful hand, a meaningful compliment or an unexpected gift.  Start living one of your dreams.  And… let go of a handful of the “little” things that you are holding onto way to tight.  Avoid regrets and live your life in motion.

Photograper: Jeanine Thurston

 

Feed Zone Portables Recipe: Blueberry & Chocolate Coconut Rice Cakes

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Checkout these rice cakes I photographed last year… and seriously in love with this cookbook!!!

Originally posted on The Feed Zone Cookbook and Feed Zone Portables:

Feed Zone Portables sample recipe: Blueberry & Chocolate Coconut Rice Cakes

SERVINGS> 15
TIME> 25 minutes

3 cups uncooked sticky rice
4 ½ cups water
¾ cup coconut milk
¼ to ½ cup raw sugar to taste
juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt, or to taste
6 ounces chocolate chips (half of a regular bag)
1 pint fresh blueberries

  • Combine rice, water, and a dash of salt in a rice cooker and let cook.
  • Transfer cooked rice to a large bowl and add coconut milk. Add sugar and lemon juice.
  • Stir thoroughly and salt to taste.
  • Let rice cool then spread half onto a 9” x 13” baking pan. Press flat.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips and berries evenly over the rice.
  • Gently press the remaining rice over the berries and chocolate.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes, cut into squares and wrap.

per serving› Energy 249 cal, Fat 6 g, Sodium 194 mg, Carbs 45 g, Fiber…

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My style

 

 

 

Some ask what kind of photographer are you?  I don’t like to put a label on my style of photography.  I photograph people, feelings, emotion, lights and shadows.  I typically don’t think about shooting, I look at my subject, my surroundings and go with inspiration over a checklist.  Even in my most planned shoots – they more often take on an entirely different direction once I get to the point of shooting.   I’m inspired by everything, I go with what makes me happy – and usually that is the connections that I read from people and relationships.  I’m a daytime dreamer and love feeling the rain, the sun, the snow – seeing the shadows, and feeling connected with how other beings live and love.

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Strawberry Lychee Yogurt Parfait

Originally posted on Cooking with a Wallflower:

A creamy yogurt parfait topped with fresh strawberries and lychee fruit, perfect as a delicious healthy breakfast or as a snack.

Strawberry Lychee Yogurt Parfait | Cooking with a Wallflower

Yogurt parfaits are one of my favorites! What’s not to like? You get to have your favorite yogurt and top it with fruits and granola and whatever it is that you like. This isn’t much of a recipe, I know. But it’s meant to be paired with my Crunchy Honey Almond Granola recipe so I hope that you will enjoy both =)

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My favorite “Where the wild things are” quotes

Where the Wild Things are is one of my favorite books and contains some of my favorite quotes of all time…..

“Let the wild rumpus start.”

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Inside all of us is Hope.

Inside all of us is Fear.

Inside all of us is Adventure.

Inside all of us is… A Wild Thing.

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I’LL EAT YOU UP

I LOVE YOU SO

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“I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the

sadness, and it’s big enough for all of us.”

~ WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Inside all of us is adventure

Jeanine Thurston Photography ~copyright 2014

Orchids

Looking forward to posting floral canvas to purchase!  Gallery wrapped canvas prints or framed canvas wrapped prints will be available starting in 1 week!  Each week over the summer we will be adding more images for home decor.

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Rocky Mountain Bride Feature

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Check out our Rocky Mountain Bride feature on their blog today at VINTAGE WOODLANDS STYLED SHOOT!

This was a truly epic bridal styled shoot we did a few years ago – and it proof positive that you can photograph a wedding in a style that doesn’t date your wedding. Keeping it romantic and timeless will fit every year now and in the future… and I’m still in absolute love with everything about this day, the amazing vendors, and the models!

Flowers – Julia Kaaren of Mulberries Flowers

Coordinator/Designer Isabelle Kline Design

Dresses – Danielle Banfield of Blushing Bride

Cake – The Makery Cake Co.

Make-up & Hair – Samantha Koch Beauty

 

Melissa, Kirsten, Brittany… couldn’t have done it without your beautiful faces!!!

Pure imagination

I have always been in love with this song since the first time I saw Gene Wilder sing it in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was a kid.  It is a great set of lyrics to think about when you are in a creating mode.  I’m so lucky to have such an amazing team of “creatives” that help me play and make images while having fun.

 

These are some images from our Alice in Wonderland styled shoot…. a perfect theme for imagination.

Jill Scott Hatter

Jill Scott Hatter

Lyrics to Pure Imagination –

Hold your breath
Make a wish
Count to three

Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin with a spin
Traveling in the world of my creation
What we’ll see will defy explanation

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

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Jill Scott – MUA/Stylist

Samantha Koch – MUA/Stylist

Susan Dillon – Beautiful hat & Alice’s hair piece

Melissa Schans – Alice & Hatter Muse