Up for anything she said...

Over the summer I launched an inquiry via my Instagram page hoping to capture some images in and out of the water. I was thrilled when mutual acquaintance and talented macrame artist Michelle Lavallee was “up for anything.” With summer at its peak, we headed over to Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth, Rhode Island for some creative fun. Michelle was a trooper in and out of the water during this whimsical and transcendent shoot.

If you are looking to support local artists, check out Michelle’s varied works of art HERE.

Seaside with Haarstick Jewelry

Haarstick Jewelry are statement pieces that feature bold, geometric designs with modern and vintage flair - The perfect accompaniment to the classic LBD or white tank and jeans. Haarstick is designed by Katie Whittemore, a long-time L.A. resident who settled in Newport, R.I. Obsessed with vintage and classic clothing (Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Valentino, and Anna Sui are favorites), Katie is inspired and creates her jewels by gold-plating and laser-cutting steel.

Recently, Katie has incorporated new wax molds that have unfolded into a fun and flirty new line of whimsical earrings. And let’s not forget the tassels as featured on the gorgeous and talented Jillian Tullgren.

Itsy Bitsy Imsy - A bold swimwear line

I had the pleasure to shoot with an amazing gal the other day that I had never met.  I have to say Caroline Synnott made my job an easy one!!  Not only did she power through wind, waves, and sand - she made it look effortless in her adorable IMSY bikini.  Self proclaimed to "bridge the gap between fashion and function," my super active model dawned two different style IMSY suits.  Each offered signature prints, are totally reversible, and are handcrafted for an amazing fit.  

Designed by a local Rhode Islander, Katie Imswiler, IMSY swimwear and accessories embody a free-spirited and confident vibe, any adventurous lady would love to wear. 

Summer Loving with Bohemian Bias

Free spirits, tropical gangster's and hippie rock n' rolla's should take note of Bohemian Bias set right here in Newport.  Located near the corner of Mill Street and Bellevue Avenue, this gorgeous boutique is filled with apparel, shoes and accessories that celebrate and empower females through the art of fashion and creative self-expression. 

Shoppers can find brands such as Rolla Jeans, Sugarhigh Lovestoned, and Brixton prominently featured throughout the store, inspired by music, art and the laid back vibes of the West Coast and an era of yester-year...

Anchored in Pink - RI's Lilly Pulitzer Signature store

Located down on lower Thames, in Newport, Rhode - Anchored in Pink is Rhode Island's first Lilly Pulitzer Signature store.  Known for it's bright, colorful, floral print wares, Lilly Pulitzer evokes the feeling of summer no matter the season! 

Set on the docks behind famed IYRS at sunset, all the girls and ladies involved were adorned by the season's latest fashions.  

Wicked Tulips

If you haven't been to Wicked Tulips yet this spring - Try to buy your tickets ASAP!  This gorgeous tulip farm located in Johnston, Rhode Island features over 600,000 early, mid, and late blooming tulips spread over 5 acres.  My sister and I returned to our Dutch roots and frolicked among the tulips for an afternoon.   After we completed our haul - we headed over to nearby Crepes Corner for delicious authentic Belgian Crepes & Waffles.

Spring has Sprung

With rising temperatures and blooming buds, it finally feels like spring has sprung here in the Northeast!  Newport, Rhode Island offers an array of outdoor activities and festivals around town that visitors and locals can take advantage of.  Most notable, Daffodil Days highlights the hundreds of thousands daffodils planted yearly by volunteer green thumbs.  Photo shoots can be arranged most anywhere now that hedges are in bloom, and foliage starts to show promise for warmer days ahead. 

Use a color story to create fresh, colorful photos to brighten up an empty wall in your home.  

Ryan Lee Crosby at Sachuest Point

American guitarist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Boston, Massachusetts, Ryan Lee Crosby is a versatile, exploratory musician with a restless drive to create.  Crosby's unique sound is a fusion of American blues and world music influences, which he performs on 12 and 22 string guitars.  Crosby was looking for a few images to accompany his new album and website  - so we headed outdoors on a super foggy day!  The inclement weather created an allure similar to Crosby's unassuming, folky swagger.  Most of the shots were captured at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge as well as inside my home.

Follow Ryan's musical journey and stay up to date on local shows and happenings here