When writing goals for 2014 I decided spending more time
collaborating with others was going to be at the forefront of what I do with
the majority of my free time. There is something so magical about collaborating
with people—the way inspiration and creativity feed off the ideas being formed
in your head and let loose into the world without inhibition, the way a simple
sketch can be envisioned as the grandiose image already in your head and the
involved parties not only understand, but are anxious to see it brought to
life, and how bonding during the process is viewed to be just as valuable as
the end result.
This, my friends, is magic. This is like glitter raining
down on a sunshiny day where a warm breeze tousles your hair and someone
catches the moment on film… no filter required.
I haven’t participated in much collaboration in the past—one
absolutely lovely session with Lani Elias Fine Art Photography and Bloom Petals& Gifts (check it out here) was all I needed to know I wanted to do it
again…. It was like eating a slice of the most amazing pie and knowing you just
had to have another slice…or two… (or in my case, the recipe).
In Winkler I had friends who were doing things. Lani is one
of my closest friends and Meg from Bloom is our go-to florist who is just as
awesome as her floral arrangements. It was a simple collaboration—it worked
well, was easy to arrange, and went beautifully.
Enter the move to Hamilton.
I arrived in Hamilton and realized I didn’t really know
anyone—no local florist to visit, no hidden gems of creative talent I could tap
into for easy experimental fun. Little did I know the lovely lady we ended up
living with is a photographer who wants to, get this, get into food
photography! *Insert harps and hallelujah choir here.*
As an individual who
is pretty much down to be involved in anything creative I jumped at the chance
to help her brainstorm and execute ideas for a course she was taking and, since
then, have taken almost any opportunity to make something delicious and then
get pictures of it.
Aside from a recent
mini-shoot of Birthday Crepes, the most recent shoot consisted of process shots
and a few final shots of cupcakes Meag hired me to make for a baby shower. It’s
fun to live with someone who enjoys sharing the magic during the process.
As the year is only beginning, I am looking forward to the collaborations that will arise and where they will take me. It’s always humbling and inspiring to work with individuals who have talent and are willing to share it with you for a collaborative vision. I look forward to those photographers, florists, stylists and all other creative beings I will be honoured to work with this year. Know that I am grateful for the opportunity, educated through the experience, and inspired for the future by the simple act of collaboration.

Process shots by Meagan Tutti.
Final shots by me.