Sep.19.14 Photoshoot / An evening in Sacramento

I am beyond giddy to share with you my recent shoot with the lovely and incredibly gorgeous Irene. We’d chatted prior and decided to do something a wee bit different — instead of planning anything, we wanted to grab coffee and just wander around our home of Sacramento. I had never done such a candid and spontaneous session like this before, and I have to say — these type of shoots are now a favorite of mine!

Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

Irene is a young gal overflowing with life and energy, and, when I’m around her, I can’t go very long without bursting at the seams with laughter. She has a talent for making people smile, and I did nothing but that during the entire shoot. Enjoy, my friends, as I take you along on our little wandering photoshoot!

Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

We started the afternoon off with coffee, and, after settling into a booth near the window, Irene confessed to me that she had never had her portraits taken before. I assured her it’d be absolutely fun, but it wasn’t until I showed her a few candid photos from just minutes earlier that her nervous smile turned into an adventurous one. For the rest of the evening, she was completely at ease and eager to explore.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

After coffee, we wandered around Capitol Park. The sun was just beginning to set — my favorite time of the day! — and it enveloped the park with a beautiful golden glow.

Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

Sometimes, not making plans has a way of opening up some amazing opportunities, and what could make a portrait session better than a gorgeous vintage Cadillac!? A huge thank you to the incredibly kind couple to let us borrow it for a few minutes!

Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

Just before the sun completely set, I found this quaint little spot illuminated by dozens of lights. I just love the glow on her face! It completely embodies her warmth and kindness.

Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

Such an incredible portrait session. One of the many reasons why I enjoyed this type of photoshoot is that it allowed me to leave my comfort zone. And I’ve found that sometimes, when we force ourselves to do something strange and new, we have the potential to create something truly amazing. This day was nothing short of that!

Sep.15.14 Life in Stills / 02

Happy Monday, friends! I feel like this month has flown by, so allow me to reminisce a bit by sharing a few snippets of my every day life with you, using captures from my Instagram and VSCO feeds.

Life in Stills | Of Trees and Hues

Imagery of my travels and adventures are flooding the pages of this blog, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share those candid moments, the ones from simple every day living… I think, in doing so, it will inspire & encourage me to live a more happy & adventurous life!

We’re only half-way through this month, but already, September is proving to be a fabulous — roadtrips to Southern California, visiting in-laws in the Midwest, lots and lots of coffee to fuel the creative & productive weeks, and taking moments through out the day to spend with my husband, despite how busy our days have been. It’s the little things that have the biggest impact on us, and I’m trying to be mindful of the details. To enjoy life — every little ounce of it.

If you would like to follow along, feel free to follow me on InstagramI would love to see what every day moments you’re capturing! So leave your instagram handle in the comments below. Have a happy week, friends!

Sep.12.14 Fall Fashion Giveaway / $450 Giftcard

I can’t believe we’re nearly half-way through September! Before we know it, we’ll be dragging our boots and scarves out from the back of our closets. And I can’t wait!

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An autumn wardrobe is my absolute favorite — nothing says comfort to me than being snuggled in layers around a roaring campfire. I’m already thinking about what to add to my wardrobe this Fall — leather boots, an endless number of scarves, over-sized sweaters, chambray button-ups, and a cute peacoat!

To help you get started on your own fall wardrobe — I’m teaming up with an incredible group of ladies to bring you the ultimate fall fashion giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $450 gift card to the clothier of their choice. What would you include in your autumn-inspired wardrobe?

Sep.10.14 Between Lenses / 09 “Silence”

Capturing silence is no easy feat — but it definitely inspired Tara and me to challenge ourselves, and I have to say, I am incredibly happy with what we came up with! Take a look below to see what Silence means to us and how you, too, can join us in this creative Bloghop!

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues
Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues

I knew that capturing silence was going to be a little challenging — but once I opened up to it, my mind was literally flowing with ideas. But the one I just couldn’t shake was this one — those quite and fleeting moments when I’m alone in the car and it’s just me and the asphalt. The twinkling stars above me and the shimmer of distant lights behind me.

The stillness of the night comforts me, allowing me to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s one of the most comforting moments and it’s those very nights where I had my biggest epiphanies and dreams. Silence isn’t just a quietness but a moment of tranquility. To just be.

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues

Oh my! I can’t get over how beautiful and serene Tara’s photo is. I have always been drawn to the stillness of the mountains and I love how well she captured that. And that blanket of fog only adds to the peacefulness of it all. Do take a moment to head over to Tara Victoria and see how her imagery represents Silence for her. Her words will absolutely blow you away, I assure you!

This is a blophop! — Tara and I hope that you, too, will join us and share your imagery with us! You can easily link up with us via the following steps:

Sep.08.14 “At This Moment” Moodboards / With Friends

To live in the moment — With our busy lives, sometimes it’s easier said than done. So, in efforts to be more mindful and aware of ourselves, I get together each month with some friends and we create personal moodboards — imagery that represent us at this very moment in time. I’ll share my moodboard later on, but I can’t help but be inspired by theirs! Meet my lovely & incredibly talented sponsors:

At this Moment moodboard

Tara Victoria is a lifestyle and design blog written and curated by Graphic Designer Tara Victoria about simplicity, experiences, living authentically and all things inspiring.

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At this Moment moodboard

Sam is a Sydney, Australia based graphic and web designer and shares her love for design and living a creative life over at Sam Bell Creative.

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