Tag Archives: trees

Tree Women Project: You’re Invited

You’re Invited!

The debut of this personal project celebrating the stages of womanhood and the seasons of nature through our connection to trees.

Arts In Nature Festival this August 22nd & 23rd

Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm, tickets and more info here: Arts In Nature Festival.

Tree Woman Project: Moss

The beautiful thing about this project is how it appeals to women of all ages and stages of life. Remember the model who sat patiently for me while I worked through my studio lighting technique with my classmate, Alecia Lindsay?

Well, after telling her about my project, she offered to join the volunteer models! And, since I didn’t have a specific tree in mind, she braved the cold, rainy Seattle weather to adventure around the Duwamish Greenspace with me as we found pretty mossy places in the trees.

JMC_TreeWomen 35

This session was more of an adventure than classic beauty portrait of a tree and a pretty woman…

JMC_TreeWomen 14

I treated the session much like all the rest of the series, by creating her crown, and planning around her dress to pair with a green velvet jacket and a little glamorous makeup…

JMC_TreeWomen 23

JMC_TreeWomen 37

JMC_TreeWomen 6

JMC_TreeWomen 31

 

This session inspired me to be more adventurous with my editing, and I explored some techniques to make them look like old school film prints…

JMC_TreeWomen 32

 

JMC_TreeWomen 27

 

JMC_TreeWomen 29

Much thanks to Jessica Marie Cantu for being an adventurous Tree Woman!

 

Tree Women Project: Deodar Cedar

When I think of Christmas trees, I envision a classic Scandinavian Noble fir. As I was learning about trees this past summer, I saw the Deodar Cedar and thought it looks very much like a Noble, but was surprised to find it’s what some folks call a “real cedar” tree. They grow very tall and look like giant Christmas Trees.

My Dutch friend, Robin, was the chosen model for this tree because she is a strong woman. A mother of four, her reputation proceeded her as a woman who gets things done. Though our kids don’t know each other, we have become friends through Facebook. Exchanging comments through social media seems like a shallow way to make a friend, but I can honestly say that I admire and appreciate her.

Cedar_Holliwithani 1

This was like getting together with an old friend to play dress up!

Cedar_Holliwithani 2

As a mother of young kids, I really think it’s important to feel beautiful, and to be celebrated in the midst of seemingly thankless years of raising kids past toddlerhood. That transition for the kids to become independent is vital for both parties, because it’s so easy to get lost in the care and shuffle of daily living.

Cedar_Holliwithani 3

Cedar_Holliwithani 4

Cedar_Holliwithani 5

Cedar_Holliwithani 6

A hearty thanks to Robin for being my model, and braving another “Seattle Winter” day – braving the cold and steady mist-like rain to show let me capture her beauty!

Tree Women Project: Bigleaf Maple

There is something magical about the Bigleaf Maple tree leaves. I remember walking to elementary school and being completely excited when the maples along a street we walked started dropping these wonders of nature, their size and color still delight me. My brother and I would collect the ones with the most vibrant colors to give our mom as if they were as precious as wildflowers.

It seemed fitting to pair Donna with the Bigleaf Maple as she turns ingredients into magic at her shop, Stuffed Cakes. She is a culinary artist, and gets credit as the Make Up Artist for our session!

TreeWomanDbyHolliMargell 5

TreeWomanDbyHolliMargell 7

TreeWomanDbyHolliMargell 9

TreeWomanDbyHolliMargell 11

TreeWomanDbyHolliMargell 13

TreeWomanDbyHolliMargell 3

TreeWomanDbyHolliMargell 1

 

I am truly delighted to be able to see this project come to life, and grateful for women like Donna who answered my call for a real woman model. Stay tuned as I hope to capture one dozen of these Tree Women Portraits by summer 2015. And, my then, I hope to have the experience and systems in place to offer these types of concept based portrait session next fall!

xo, Holli

Tree Woman Project: Lawson Cypress

I have had a love for trees for quite some time now, and this past summer, I was able to volunteer with a Tree Ambassador program in Seattle by photographing trees for a self-guided tree walk map.

Capturing beauty in women is also a passion of mine. When I discovered Brooke Shaden, both of those passions merged into a lovely light bulb moment: I wanted to photograph women AND trees. This little idea further grew after meeting and hearing Jeremy Cowart speak during Creative Live’s Photo Week in September. His work is amazing, and his experimental nature inspired me to just jump in and start my idea: Tree Women – and did a first try with my daughter last month.

When I posted to my friends on Facebook asking for volunteer models and help with the project, I was so encouraged. Not only did I get volunteer models, a fellow photographer friend offered to assist. The morning of our photo session, it was super windy – like storm warning the night before windy. It was so gusty, that I almost cancelled for fear that we’d be in danger, but my model/friend Tasha was sure it would be okay.

And, boy was I glad we decided to go for it. Literally, the clouds parted and the sunshine came out toward the end of our session. It was beautiful!

Tasha_HolliMargell 164 (1)

Tasha_HolliMargell 163 (1) Tasha_HolliMargell 162 (1) Tasha_HolliMargell 161 (1) Tasha_HolliMargell 157 (1) Tasha_HolliMargell 158 (1) Tasha_HolliMargell 160 (1)

 

Jump!
Did I mention how great Tasha was for being willing to climb and jump from the tree?!
Tasha_HolliMargell 166
Huge thank you to Tasha and Chris!

p.s. Check out Chris’ photography too!