This week I was pleasantly surprised to receive these stunning images by Sarah Doliver (http://sarahdoliver.com) that feature Raven + Lily designs. Sarah recently borrowed some of her favorite pieces from our Fall '15 Collection for an experiential photoshoot with light and darkness. The results are some of my favorite images taken of our products.
Aside from being a talented photographer, she's a big believer & supporter of slow food and sustainable living in general. She's a gal after my own heart!
I think I'm so drawn to these photos because of the way the jewelry and accessories stand out against the darkness. These designs represent the women in our partnerships who are shining brightly despite the dark background of their circumstances. Their light is glowing strong and the darkness of their past can no longer hide it.
When I asked why she wanted to feature Raven + Lily, Sarah said, "Aside from the actual products offered, I love the concept. I'm so proud that today's generation has made fair trade fashion a real thing, and the opportunity that Raven and Lily offers women globally is something I wanted to be a part of, or at least show my support of. This kind of shoot was something completely new to me, and I was a little nervous about approaching them, but their support and excitement for the shoot was so much encouragement to me! Even locally, Raven and Lily is supporting women in their crafts and I couldn't be happier to have stumbled into the store that day and had the chance to work with such an amazing team."
I asked her to share about her inspiration for this photoshoot. She said, "While my photography style tends to lean more light and playful, I've always been drawn those shadowy, black and white moody portraits. I came across a photo of Marilyn Monroe on a black backdrop, wearing this black drapey thing and a hat, and all you could see was her beautiful white skin - basically just her hands and décolletage. I thought it would be an amazing way to feature jewelry, and I just couldn't shake the idea. It may sound silly, but I kind of believe that an idea is a thing that wants to become real, and if you don't listen to a creative idea it will just go find someone else who will bring it to life... After a couple years of waiting for the opportunity to come up, I stumbled into Raven and Lily and immediately knew that this was the jewelry I was waiting for."
Photographer: Sarah Doliver
Hair & Make-Up: Emily Kleinsorge of Lucy Skyrocket Salon + Nisa Nicole
Model: Tiffany Desirae