This February, 94 designers from across the globe will come together for a sold out teaching convention called Intrigued Experience, which will take place in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. Among them is our very own Carmel Vandale to demonstrate her own techniques for creating floral costuming. The three day session begins with an open forum in which examples of Carmel’s work will be modeled and she will discuss her creative process and how she was introduced to the world of costuming. The following days will be comprised of classes in which Carmel and the other featured designers will break down their techniques and guide attendees in the making of their own replications of a modeled piece. One of the things that will be highlighted in Carmel’s classes is the longevity and broad potential of each piece. Many of the designs used in photo shoots for Mt. Lebanon Floral have been able to be used in multiple shoots to accomplish a variety of looks and themes. The right materials will hold their beauty even as they age, which is something unique to this area of floral design. Carmel has been engineering floral costume pieces for years, and is excited to be able to share her mastery with others, as well as embrace the opportunity to see old friends in the business such as Francois, and make new connections with creatives like Magnolia Rouge. Designers grow from engaging with other designers, and Intrigued Experience is an excellent way to proliferate this concept.
For anyone not clear on what “floral costuming” entails, below are some images from recent shoots Mt. Lebanon Floral has done, featuring pieces that have been used in multiple shoots.
Mt. Lebanon Floral is always looking for opportunities to share what we love with others. Jay Lioon from VinoGlam reached out to us when she sent a beautifully decorated wine glass as a thank you for all the arrangements we had made for her from her husband over the years. Jay and her husband met just down the street from us when they both worked at Il Pizziolo, so we feel a special connection to their love story. Wine is the way to our hearts, so we responded to Jay’s gift by inviting her to make her very own bouquet at the shop…and she rocked it! Jay chose a dark & moody theme for her arrangement, and we couldn’t be more proud of her natural skill in arranging. Thank you, Jay, for letting us be a part of your happily ever after. We loved meeting and working with you!
Check out Jay’s handpainted custom glassware at www.vinoglamglassware.com
In a new shoot with one of our favorite photographers, Veronica Varros, Mt. Lebanon Floral created fantasy headpieces to accompany fun wigs, and experiment with color and contrast. Friend and model Aubrey Borowitz exhibited her dynamic beauty in these two distinct stylings. The blue wig pops from under the bright orange tones of the florals, whereas an indian inspired vibe emanates from the soft, natural tones of the greens and pinks of the more extravagant headdress, tying into the lighter wig. For both looks Aubrey modeled her very own makeup designs.
What started with a fabric swatch from our neighbors at The Fabric Place turned into one of Mt. Lebanon Floral’s most extraordinary shoots to date. Along with our photographer friend Heather Tabacchi and up and coming makeup artist Jesse Anne Churchfield, we were able to create a cosmic world that nods to the increasingly popular practice of Cosplay and the recent rebirth of the Star Wars saga. We had the pleasure of working with Cosplay model Sadie and Jen Lee, who brought the extravagant headpieces, stellar outfits, and vibrant wigs to life for an out-of-this-world photoshoot.
Mt. Lebanon Floral is beyond excited to present this amazing bridal video. It has been a wonderful collaborative experience putting this together. Please take the time to watch and wonder at the work of each contributor.
Song: Lora Faye – All Night
Location: Savage River Lodge
Video: Pictory Productions
Photo: Veronica Varos
Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral
Styling: Bliss Events
Wardrobe: Glitter & Grit
Hair & Make-Up: Hannah Conard Beauty
We’ve been up to some sneaky business here at Mt. Lebanon Floral. We had the pleasure of being a part of the surprise proposal of Anna Ciaccio…and she said yes! Anna arrived at what she was told was a photo shoot to model our latest live jewelry, but the ring she ended up with was diamond rather than succulent. These beautiful images were captured by our friend and photographer Heather Tabbacci. It was a true privilege to be able to contribute to this special moment, and we wish Anna and her new fiance all the best!
One of our most unique shoots to date was a collaboration with photographer Jason Snyder. Jason is a champion of a style called wet plate collodion. A common practice in the 1800’s, wet plate collodion was designed to make taking family portraits more accessible to the general public, and each photo produced is one of a kind. Anna Ciaccio, friend and model, shows her classic beauty in extravagant headpieces of Carmel’s design. Jason Snyder graciously agreed to answer a few questions about the experience, and we are excited to share what we learned with you:
Our first question was in regard to what attracted Jason to wet plate collodion. Jason explained that “the beautiful tonal range and ultra fine grain of the positives and the negatives” were one of the main attractions for him, in addition to the dynamic nature of the photographs. As a photographer, Jason is primarily interested in “the making of photographs, regardless of method” and there are many methods he uses to make pictures beyond wet plate collodion.
“I like the singularity of the in camera image, and the specific connection that I have through the camera to my subjects.”
Wet plate photography is impressive for more than just the images it produces, as the production is an age-old and intricate process. We asked Jason about the popularity and availability of the materials necessary for such an undertaking, and he informed us that there is a worldwide but tight-knit community of photographers who hold an interest in wet plate collodion, and the materials can be attained readily from photographic suppliers and chemical companies. The hardware of the process can be found at modern manufacturers, but we were interested to find out that much of the darkroom and actual camera components are made by Jason himself.
When assessing the value of these images it is important to take each step of its production into consideration. The time and experience that is required for proper execution is extensive, and the chemistry involved can be expensive. These one-of-a-kind images are made one at a time, each on its own piece of handmade film.
As this was Mt. Lebanon Floral’s first experience with wet plate collodion, we were interested to see why it was that we had only just been exposed to this amazing art form now. Jason explained that, while he is not sure of the reason for its revival, collodion photography is more popular now that it had been in the past five years.
“I think it has a place now more than ever, and should not be a replacement for, merely a supplement to, other expressive ways to work. In the end, a moving, well made photograph with content, execution, and holding power will have those qualities not because of the way in which it was made, but for more basic reasons.”
While we believe that flowers go with everything, we were pleased to hear that Jason also felt that “the floral collaboration was a success on all fronts”. Numerous images resulted from this shoot, the black and white images below are the wet plate images, and others were produced by color film and digital photography.
“The flower arrangements rendered well in collodion…It left me anxious to photograph outside where we have a little more creative freedom in the content.”
Mt. Lebanon floral is enormously grateful to have had this experience with Jason. Our mission is to seek out cutting edge ways to spread and create floral beauty, and we are always excited by the opportunity to work with great talents like Jason Snyder.
To check out more work from Jason Snyder visit his website!