Contemplative Fine Art Musings - Simplicity, Balance and Connection
We're joined today by fine art film photographer Reid of When He Found Her and stylist and florist extraordinaire Lisa of Sweet Woodruff for a pensive piece on something slightly more personal. As wedding professionals, surely we can all agree that the inevitable can and does happen - things like burnout, brand confusion, feeling stretched to the extreme when it comes to your schedule. Are we right, or are we right?
When we have the great fortune to speak at workshops, we always make several recommendations to avoid duplication and aim towards originality and at the top of the list is shooting for yourself. Reid and Lisa have taken some time to create, with their divine talents, something solely for the love and joy of the art. Read more below....
From Reid and Lisa:
This project was an effort to broaden our portfolio: to create content we sincerely connected with and that intentionally blurred the lines between the wedding industry and the fine art world. But above all, we are conceptual artists, and we knew the content not only needed to visually and aesthetically represent our brands, but also was deeply rooted in our values and goals.
We wanted to visually interrupt narratives and ideas that we are, in our own lives, working through, struggling with, learning from. These ideas sparked conversations about simplicity, balance, and connection.
The idea of simplicity was born from a conversation about authenticity. Whether simplicity in design or simplicity in life, when we examined the idea of simplicity, we discovered what we were actually talking about quieting the noise. Letting our true selves be seen. Focusing on what we connect with most.
Burn out plagues us all. The demands of what both our creative and personal lives call for are stressful. The feeling of "keeping up" is ever present. When we talked about balance, the idea of wholehearted living came up a lot, and what it means to be living a life of value. We talked about being present. About being faithful to our gifts, to our careers, to our families, to ourselves. For me, and many of us, this kind of balance is a struggle. And in many ways, I'm not sure that 'balance' itself is something that can ever really be achieved or attained. We shouldn't think about it as a tangible goal. Rather, I believe to achieve that life of value, balance needs to be a means of making choices, a way to live, a state of being.
I believe why we share ideas, stories, and insights stems from our basic desire to connect to one another. Why intrinsically want to relate to each other, to resonate, to feel valued. Connection is our families and communities. Connection is what holds us together. It's what gives us purpose and meaning.