the feeling of fragrance | fresh linen

It's time for the next edition of my The Feeling of Fragrance series, where I show you the final image that was included in my collection, then share some of the other options and talk about the stories behind the images. Today I'd like to talk about the "Fresh Linen" portrait. Here is the image from the show:

This portrait was inspired by the heavenly sensation of clean sheets, and the clean scent you inhale when fresh laundry comes out of the dryer all fluffy and warm. To me, the fragrance of fresh linen is one of comfort, safety, and childhood. For this reason, it was important to me to have a mother and daughter as the subject of the portrait. I asked one of my longtime friends, Lindsay, if she and her daughter, G, would be interested in posing for the project. At the time of the shoot, Linds was just a few weeks shy of the birth of her second daughter as well, so she was radiantly pregnant. 

These portraits were created in June, 2014, and was shot at the home of Lindsay and her family. We were assisted by my friend and 2013 bride, Karly Boileau, whose help was instrumental to the success of the shoot. It was a very dark, rainy day in the spring, so it was really important to use reflectors and sheets to bounce the sparse natural light wherever possible. Karly, thank you for all your help!


The essence of this shoot is natural beauty and being at ease in the comfort of one's own home. I kept the makeup very natural, really just applying blush and highlighter to Lindsay's perennially awesome complexion. L & G wore their own clothes in the pastel shades I'd suggested, and Linds did her own hair as well. G's favourite stuffed animal made a cameo throughout the photos.  Lindsay and G, thank you so much for letting me come into your home and photograph you together. Your whole family is beautiful inside and out, and it was a wonderful thing to photograph you together.