Scouted: Yves Klein Blue Sunglasses

SCOUTED-YvesKleinBlueSunglasses These cool, blue-lensed Etnia Barcelona glasses are the ideal eyewear for the summer-to-fall transition and beyond. With light wooden frames and an effortlessly chic vibe, we’re already envisioning what the world looks like through cobalt-colored glasses. Call The View on Elm, which carries the contemporary eyewear collection, and inquire about this stylish pair today.

The View on Elm  //  Greensboro, NC  //  336.274.1278

Aug
25
2014

Friday Favorites: 6 Fabulous Fixtures

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No matter how small, no matter how large, a room can be transformed by incorporating just the right light. Knowing this, we rounded up six fabulous fixtures that are sure to inspire and illuminate and any space. Here are our glowing recommendations:

1. Three tiers of perfectly balanced crystals and light, the Biarritz Chandelier is available from Neirmann Weeks. It measures: 43″ diameter x 28.5″ H;  2. Made from hand-blown glass the Glass Sputnik chandelier, from Coup D’etat, exudes character and style. It measures: 46” in diameter and is 72” H;  3. The Le Pentagon Chandelier from De Sousa Hughes has a clean, bold, classic modern vibe. It measures 7′ in diameter and is 16″ H (with a customizable drop);  4. Don’t let the simple shape fool you, this white plaster and silver leaf Jean Michel Cone Light is available from Neirmann Weeks and is perfectly portioned. It measures: 15″ in diameter and is 22.5″ H;  5. Let your wild child shine (in all the right places) with the Articolato chandelier, from Coup D’Etat. It measures 35.5” in diameter, is 43” H, and consists of eight brass articulating arms capped with lacquered black shades;  6. From the french black finish on the outside, to the gold leaf finish on the inside, the Brussels Pendant from Revival is sure to add a warm cozy glow to any space. It measures: 17″ H x 36″ W x 36″ D

Aug
22
2014

Scouted: Bespoke Slippers

SCOUTED_LetaFoster_PalmBeach These customizable smoking slippers are preppy perfection. Available in a variety of color combinations and fabrics and in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes, the Hadleigh’s Bespoke footwear is a must-have for fall.

Leta Austin Foster  //  Palm Beach, FL  //  561.655.5489

Aug
21
2014

Pearls and Perspectives: Photographing Children

tsg-photographing-children-christy-ford There’s something about this transitional time that makes us feel like we should be capturing moments. Very soon we’ll be in the midst of the frenzied pace of fall, and taking a moment to snap a picture of the kids enjoying the sunshine or finding time to get everyone dressed up for a family shot will seem nearly impossible. Plus, while the holidays may still seem far away, there’s no time like the present to attempt the perfect, card-ready photograph (like the above by TSG co-founder Christy Ford) that will come in handy come late November.

With visions of perfectly lit, beautifully composed, and thoughtfully framed portraits of our children already dancing in our heads, we reached out to Charlottesville-based photographer Danielle Hill, Durham-based portrait artist William Branson, and Wilmington-based photographer Anne Liles, three experts in the field, to find out their tricks of the trade and what they enjoy about the process of photographing children. Whether you’re thinking about getting behind the camera yourself or hiring a professional—which we highly recommend—you’ll enjoy and appreciate their perspective and pearls of wisdom.

DANIELLE HILL

tsg-photographing-children-danielle-hill-2 How long have you been photographing children?
I’ve been photographing children and families for over 5 years. I started off shooting engagement and wedding photos for friends, and then eventually, their children. Over time, I became more serious about lifestyle photography and realized I could create a business out of it.

Any special tips that you’ve discovered?
I’ll often have one of the parents (or both) stand behind me or to the side (depending on the frame I want) and do anything to make their kids smile. Parents know their children best, so they know what tricks work! But don’t let that become a rule…sometimes the in-between expressions are my favorites. I’m able to get more artistic shots not posing my subject and just letting them run around and pick wildflowers, or chase butterflies.

What are your favorite locations?
I started my photography business in D.C. and am now based in Charlottesville, so my choice locations have changed somewhat over the past few years. I tend to gravitate towards wide open spaces with pretty backdrops. In D.C., those were of course harder to find…in Charlottesville, though, there’s no lack of beautiful fields from which to choose. For me, it’s also about the time of day and the quality of light. I try to schedule all my shoots either early in the morning or the last few hours before sunset.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love how spontaneous children are. They don’t let their inhibitions hold them back from expressing themselves, however they’re feeling in the moment (which isn’t always a good thing!). There’s the potential for a pure, true photograph, in which you know what you captured is truly authentic.

tsg-photographing-chidren-daniellehill-1 Have you had any particularly memorable shoots?
I love creating set designs for shoots whenever I get the chance. I was hoping for a snowy backdrop for a shoot last winter, which I didn’t think would be too hard since it had been snowing the whole week prior. Of course the day of, there was no snow… so I needed to create some. I managed to wrangle a PVC pipe and some fake snow, rigged it up and let it snow. Improvising can sometimes lead to your most unique images!

See more of Danielle Hill’s work here.

WILLIAM BRANSON

tsg-photographing-children-william-branson How long have you been creating portraits of children?
I opened my studio in Durham in 1972 and have been working with children ever since. Portraiture is a way of capturing the moment, of freezing a portion of someone in time. For parents, it is especially meaningful to have a keepsake of certain moments in their children’s lives; I get a lot of clients who want to preserve those moments in the form of a painted portrait.

Any special tips that you’ve discovered?
I always suggest that you get down on their level and talk directly to them. Don’t talk to them through their parents, or as though you are the adult, but as though you are on the same plane as them.

What are your favorite settings in which to photograph kids?
I build the majority of our sets in the studio specifically designed for each portrait I create. Sets are built based around a child’s personality, level of energy, and their “look”—whether they are blonde or brunette, blue or green eyed, for instance. I also work with parents to create the perfect setting. I like to personalize each portrait by bringing together my eye with parents’ ideas of how best to capture their child’s personality.

tsg-photographing-children-williambranson-2 What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love how honest they are. Children have very little filter, they don’t protect their emotions or their thoughts. That is a beautiful thing to see and I love conveying that fresh honesty in my work.

Have you had any particularly memorable shoots?
My most memorable session was with a young girl who was about to begin cancer treatment at the Duke Children’s Hospital. I created a portrait of this child in the prime of her youth. She was healthy, happy, wonderful to work with. As her treatments progressed, her parents brought her back every few weeks so she could see the progress on her portrait. The portrait came to serve as a reminder of what she was capable of, an image of hope, a goal to aim for when her treatment was over. I loved working on that portrait, the deep meaning it held for her and her family stretched beyond the canvas.

See more of William Branson’s work here.

ANNE LILES

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How long have you been photographing children?
I have been photographing families for over 14 years.

Any special tips that you’ve discovered?
Photographing children is all about letting them have fun; as long as they are engaged and enjoying themselves, all should go well. My key is to never discipline a small child, but to distract them. It works every time. A little backstory on this concept: I had a 2-year-old this summer who did not want to take his shoes off. We were on the beach, so shoes were fine for the beginning of the session, but as we were nearing the ocean at the end of the session we tried again to get the little guy to take his shoes off, and this kid was not going to do it. So, I asked the mother and father to pick him up—twirl him, toss him up, toss him in-between and tickle him and get his shoes off in the process—it worked like a charm. Here’s the end product:

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What are your favorite locations?
My favorite location is anywhere outside, where kids are free to be themselves, to run, play, get wet and have a great time.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love working with kids because they light up over the silliest of things—noises, words, actions. To see them fall apart giggling makes it for me. Kids aren’t afraid to get dirty, wet or enjoy themselves. These are the moments that will be looked back on and most enjoyed!

See more of Anne Liles’s work here.

Aug
20
2014

Scouted: Anaconda Crop Jacket

SCOUTED-AnacondaCropJacket-TheLittleBird-Aspen Utterly stylish and undeniably statement-making, this Bottega Veneta crop jacket, available from Aspen-based luxury consignment store The Little Bird, will be your favorite go-to come fall. Ideal for wearing over a cocktail dress or paired with jeans and heels, this wild find is wonderfully versatile and will feel right at home in any wardrobe.

The Little Bird  //  Aspen, CO  //  970.920.3830

Aug
19
2014

Red Stick Spice Company’s Roasted Tomato Recipe

tsg-Red-Stick-Spice-Tomato-Recipe At markets, tomatoes are practically overflowing from produce displays right into our baskets (and, for those of us who have green thumbs, they’re falling off the vines in our gardens), creating a late-August abundance of fresh deliciousness in our kitchens that we can barely keep up with. While we do our best to take advantage of the raw fruit at its peak via salads, BLTs, and other tomato-friendly dishes, sometimes we find ourselves having trouble keeping up with our purchased or homegrown bounty. Therefore, having a simple recipe on hand that can utilize a lot of tomatoes and help them reach their full potential goes a long way toward satisfying our taste buds while also assuaging our guilty consciences, and Baton Rouge-based Red Stick Spice Company‘s recipe for roasted tomatoes definitely fits the bill.

Created by Red Stick Spice Company owner Anne Milneck, the recipe is wonderfully simple, and can be used and adapted in a variety of ways. Milneck recommends using the roasted tomatoes in their “chunky, salsa-like state” as a side, a stir-in for pasta, a topping for chicken or fish, or pureed into a homemade version of a jarred marinara. Be sure to check out her tips below for spices and blends that will tailor the recipe to a few specific dishes or suit your personal tastes.

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Ingredients:

Tomatoes (enough to cover a baking sheet)
Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Optional: 1/2 sliced onion, 6 peeled garlic cloves, loose handful of fresh basil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Quarter medium and large tomatoes, halve cherry or grape tomatoes, and place cut-side up on a baking sheet. It’s okay if the tomatoes are crowded.
3. Drizzle tomatoes with a heavy dose of olive oil and season with two generous pinches of salt and several generous grinds of black pepper
4. Add optional aromatics and herbs.
5. Roast tomatoes uncovered for two to three hours, until they are blistered and bursting and releasing their juices. The tomatoes should be shriveled, very soft, and fragrant.

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Anne Milneck’s recommendations for additional spices:
Red Stick Spice Company uses local ingredients and fresh spices and sources custom blends and rubs from local chefs, grill masters, regional farmers, and their own in-house experts, so you can rest assured Milneck’s recommendations will truly take things up a notch.

To give the tomatoes a spicy or mediterranean kick: Tuscan Blend would be great to add to the tomatoes when used with pasta or as a dipping sauce with a nice warm, crusty loaf of focaccia. For those who might not want as much spice, our Vegetable and Pizza Seasoning would be a great choice. For something really rich and savory, Soprano’s Deliza fits the bill. Walnuts are ground into this Mediterranean blend, which gives it a meaty richness.

For some smokiness: Simply add a little Smoked Sweet Paprika. According to Milneck, this ingredient is the “in” thing right now…and for good reason. “This is a must-have for the kitchen,” Milneck says. “It would be a great addition to this sauce. And I guarantee cooks will find many other ways to use it. Paprika is naturally sweet, so the smoking process leads to a very sultry, smoky-sweet end result.”

Red Stick Spice Company // Baton Rouge, LA // 225.930.9967

 

Aug
18
2014