Hollow Tree has finally been launched online - direct to consumer. This is something we have been planning for a good while now, and we couldn’t be more excited! website link - https://www.hollowtree.ca/
Back in 2016 the Whistler based candle label reached out to Christian just because they simply liked his take on photography and creativity (this was also around the same time I came to visit Christian in Oregon for the first time). So with his house filled with the scents of Hollow Tree, (I think it helped me fall in love with Oregon so much more, you know how they say scents make memories?). These candles truly blew me away - The white soft jars, and when the warm flame glows through the jars it is so beautiful!
They are made from coconut wax, which means they are hypoallergenic, and are pleasant for anyone with allergic reactions to be around, it also means the scent carries on and on, which is something I always look for in a candle - something that will scent a room even if it hasn’t been lit yet. Inspired by the ongoing, lush forests of the Pacific North West, each candle is hand poured in Whistler BC with unique fragrances, sourced in Grasse France - (And truly the scents are like smelling the essence of the forest).
The Founder of Hollow Tree is overflowing with passion for the conservation of these forests and sharing their beauty, through scent, with anyone who is open to it. She also worked in forestry there for many years and has observed the beauty of the ecosystems of the PNW on a moving and intimate level. We are honored to be apart of this label creatively and are truly excited to see Hollow grow into it’s full potential!
I wanted to make a small blogpost on what physical new goods I have been working on :) - Both of these designs have been ideas I have been brewing inside my head for at least a year. I normally will let something sit for at least six months before I realize, well - I can’t get the idea out of my head so I MUST take action on it haha! Over the past years I have met and collaborated with all kinds of craftsman, especially in the fashion industry. I also had a good friend in the jewelry making industry so decided to call upon him with a ring idea. You can see below some inspiration, some snippets from shoots I have done, and behind the scenes of testing the designs out. These are both staple designs in which I think are understated by exceptional quality and beautiful in their detail. I am extremely excited to have them for sale on our store in the coming weeks and I will keep you up to date with the progress via here and on instagram!!
Like anytime we create something digital, we desire to showcase a connection in perspective with you guys.
I often say this and I will say it here - we are not selling you presets to show you ‘this is how to edit’, it’s just a starting point to hopefully inspire or teach you something in the form of learning that you can take as a stepping stone (and it happens to be something that sparked inspiration within us). Christian and I often talk about how side projects end up helping main projects we are working on. It’s like your brain needs the time to forget about a problem so it can subconsciously solve it while emerging yourself in a different aspect of creativity.
Often from our side projects we generate a passion to take back to whatever else it is we are creating or thinking about. I say this because I am constantly inspired by simple moods of photographs, perhaps a photo isn’t even trying to say something specific but I connect with the way it makes me feel and inspires another idea within me - that I take and act on. I think that’s perhaps why, to me, sharing presets is so exciting. Because there is a chance this could work for others.
As always we hope to see and be inspired by what you create from our little collection of light & color grades! - you can view these presets aswell as others, texture kits, fonts and tutorials on our shop website here!
Below we I have put some more examples of the presets in use and also a little write up about them / what inspired us both. We have both created 5 (so there are 10 all up in this set). Christian’s 5 are Inspired entirely by the older ways in which France and all her beautiful country-counterparts have been photographed over the last century, he spent a detailed amount of time building presets that mimic the glass work of some of his favorite film cameras as opposed to the film types often associated with them, you can see the titles under here :) V
Below are now some examples of the presets I put together :) These five are based off of Films / movies set in France as I have seen so many amazing ones! I have also placed a little mood board here so you can see the inspiration behind the color and tone choices!
1960 - Of course Amelie has it’s place in here :) 1960 is inspired by the punchy contrast, greens and yellows of this film!
I also added a little grain to this one, and Amelie was also one of the very first films Christian and I saw together (when we first met)! This preset looks really good with images taken in overcast weather or at dusk!
B&W - This one is inspired by the 1966 film ‘Au hasard Balthazar’. The preset is one of my favorites and It also works over images taken through windows, sheets of plastic or other filters, especially to let off the early 1900’s feel. (Which is heavily inspired by documentary style photography and this film as it is set in amongst poverty, however captures simple beauty in nature and people, which is also the goal of this one :)
Blue Ambient - I added this one as a contrast to the others, and also I personally love using blues to compliment warmer images. There is something that feels like home in blue light with a single light on in a house window or a candle around a dinner table. This always makes me excited to photograph people in this light as I feel it’s also extremely flattering. This preset was inspired by the series ‘Les Miserables’, (As well as so many other things), but I saw the series on a plane, and have to admit - I cried constantly (maybe it’s because watching movies on planes just makes you cry). Or the storyline alone is so strong, I was inspired to make something soft, to resemble twilight with blue shadows and peach highlights! This preset is made to use in ambient light, preferably twilight with a little warm contrasting light (like a candle or a lamp).
Painter - Based off the magenta and yellow tones in ‘An American in Paris’. I saw this film recently and loved it! I wanted to replicate the warm / colorful and lively feeling of the film edit and of course the colours of the Parisian markets. This preset works really well with images that have a lot of color and images taken in, in and outdoor light.
Mud - Mud is a preset I made up myself, it’s an accumulation of my own take on french films and the colors that resonate / inspire me when it comes to France. It’s grainy, a little flat with greener washed out tones :)
Camera Bodies & Lenses (from what I’ve learned:)
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is simply about camera gear. What lenses we use, what camera bodies are good / within price ranges and also which film cameras are worth investing in. Although I won’t claim to know a whole lot about film, I have learned some things worth sharing and I can definitely shed some light on what is good on the digital side of things. Below I have listed quite simply the benefits to a few different cameras we have come across and recommend!
CAMERA BODIES - These are some mid to expensive range bodies we are currently using and highly recommend. If you are wanting to invest a decent amount into a camera body…
-The Canon 5D mark 4 (for canon users).
-And for Nikon users , the Nikon D850.
hey are both great for photographing self portraits as they have bluetooth & their own apps that are easy to set up and shoot directly from your phone.
If you photograph more events, I would recommend the Canon as the live view is a lot quicker in terms of show back and when you are wanting to quickly check light / composition etc you can move a little faster.
If you shoot video more, I would go for the Nikon over the canon as it has a better range of video formats including slomo.
Both do have basically everything the other has, I think those little differences in speed and video options do end up being the deciding point in which camera I take to a shoot though :)
For more Affordable bodies
Both of these cameras also come in full frame, older additions which I would recommend if you want to keep the budget smaller. The Nikon D800 or D750 & the Canon 5D mark 3 or mark 2. All of these you can buy used via eBay / online for more or less $800. I used the D800 for years and still do at weddings or for a backup! All of these also have simple video features which end up being really helpful!
Now for a lighter body - which I think is important to note (especially if you are into documentary / wedding photography (or any kind that you don’t want to be noticed with a camera in your hand)! I have never owned Fuj but have wanted one for a while just so I can photograph more subtly in some situations.
Fuji XT - 3 (super compact, touch screen, fast with 4k video opt wifi & bluetooth).
Fuji X100 F - (simple & compact with a fixed lens. incredible image quality with simple video available. This one also lets you see outside the rangefinder in order to anticipate whats coming in documentary or action shots). This one is also a little cheaper than the Fugi XT-3.
It’s important to note that everything is in your own unique eye. I rarely think a photograph is made because of the lens, although it does assist, you can work with whatever you have. I have shot entire weddings on the 50mm, 35mm and the 24mm (all separate ones). If you are willing to walk (sometimes really get into peoples faces) and work yourself - you really can get a ton of variety with one lens!
The ones we use however are..
MAINLY - 24mm 1.4 This lens is incredible for atmosphere, landscapes, portraits too (in my opinion) - the lens does easily distort proportions a little as it is so wide, however it’s quite fun to experiment with that in portraiture too!
100mm 2.8 - This one I’ve been using for portraits more recently as the focus is so soft and beautiful. This lens is also incredible for softening areas in general - like shooting in busy / messy locations as you can very easily just focus on one subject and the light.
35mm 1.4 - this lens actually is my go-to for video, it’s also a good all-round interior / portrait / landscape as it keeps your lines relatively straight and is wide enough to get quite a lot of the mood into your images. (If I was to recommend just one lens to begin with / use it would be the 35mm).
50 mm 1.2 - This was one of my first ever lenses. It’s a great lens for a mix of close ups and atmosphere, and like the 100mm also quite good at de-cluttering spaces. Most people will say for portraiture it’s a standard, when I started photography it was basically the only lens I shot on for years, maybe I used it so much that’s why I rarely use it. But I would still attest to it being very helpful in the portrait / lifestyle department!
(Our lenses are mainly with Nikon or canon for our cameras, and we often buy Sigma because they are more affordable, great quality and cater to both of the cameras).
Below is shot on the 24mm (you can see how small Mont st Michel looks in the distance, We were actually closer to it than where the one shot on the right was.
Below is shot on the 100mm and you can see how much closer the village is!
I will keep this short because we will go into even more detail in our Photography and styling tutorial, however I hope this helped you guys and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions!
A little bit about the pinaforeS
It’s time for Pinafore No.2!! - Spring (for most of you) & Autumn here in Australia, we thought is the perfect time to release the new design! There are simple tweaks, it’s a little higher in the hem, so this one is a few inches shorter, and of course the fabric colours! The linen is from Lithuania and some of the most beautiful both Mel & I have experienced to wear, so we are really excited for you to also wear it! I described the inspiration behind the pinafore on the store in the description, but it is inspired by the late 1800’s / early 1900’s simple elegance and we were inspired to make something timeless, long lasting, comfortable and wearable both in home comfort and in dressing up / going out!
We made this video last November as we travelled through the Cotswolds & Wales (actually it was for our honeymoon:) ZeroUV is a sunglasses brand I have worked with since the beginning of my fashion blogging days, and throughout the video we are wearing all kinds of their glasses. In fact they may be one of the only brands I kept creating with even through the changes in my photography journey, so I am grateful for the friendship we've made over the years and the opportunity to continue creating now with Christian in my life also. There is more I’ve written about this video, the process and the feelings it gives me, I will write it on instagram so I don’t double up on here too :) - Below are some out-take images!
It’s my first time here in Canada, and I don’t know how to speak highly enough of the atmosphere. We are here to meet with Hollow Tree (a candle company based out of Whistler BC). Christian and I are part owners of the brand now, so we are scoping out the area, where all the scents are born and trying to capture the feel of it all in imagery we can take home and use for the website / social etc. All of the scents are inspired by the area, and it’s true - as soon as you start exploring the senses are overwhelmed (in the best way) with the unique flora and fauna of the area. ANYWAY I wanted to show you guys a few images, what we’ve been up to! The video up top is a Vlog here, and a small part bts on a photoshoot! Which there will be more soon!
Bless you guys!
The Sentiments texture kit is now up on our website. It is compiled of genuine antique textures taken from our own collection. This is my personal favorite so far, as I keep experimenting with each one I discover a new cropped pattern giving the individual textures a completely new feel over an image. We also plan to create Vectorized textures with these as they add beautiful elements to design work, but for now I hope you have fun using these for photography / edits and photo compilations! You can view them in the shop here, it is $20 for 12 high res textures (maybe a surprise or two;) - https://www.1924.us/photography-tools/sentiments-texture-kit
LAND - before
LAND - After