Are you familiar with the work of American pro photographer Philip Ficks? I first discovered him back when I was writing for Cookie magazine, but he has also appeared in other publications like Real Simple and has shot for clients that I love like Hable Construction as well. His still life work is my favorite, you can see some of what I like below but you’ll need to visit his portfolio online to access all of his beautiful photographs for your viewing pleasure today. :)
Philip Ficks was raised in Cincinnati and studied painting and then went on to study graphic design at Parsons. In New York, he worked as an art director for 10 years, most recently at Real Simple. While working with so many photographers over the years, he felt drawn to their work and realized his own unique ability to express his vision and creativity through this medium so he transitioned from art director to photographer. Great story, isn’t it? He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and works with a diverse group of clients ranging from editorial to advertising and commercial.
I love stories like these… people changing directions and trying new careers and finding success. It’s lovely and definitely flattens the old school way of thinking — studying something and sticking to it for life no matter how much you’d prefer to be doing something else! Why bother? Transition and move forward! Those of us who have done this are happier for it, this is a fact!
(images: philip ficks)
You can be inspired by so many different things from the wings of a bird to a corsage on your blouse! Ban.do is a small business that specializes in creating beautiful corsages and other decorative pieces to embellish your wardrobe — it’s exciting to peruse their website because you can always find something lovely but you also can find inspiration for your next decorating project! How so? Take inspiration from the colors, patterns and textures and translate those things into a room — it’s all about letting your imagination play and giving yourself the freedom to explore something new — who would have thought that a brooch pinned on a vintage dress could inspire a wall of plates? But it can.
These images above, paired with the corsages, were not inspired by work of ban.do — though I’ve paired them to appear as such. This is merely an example to support my point so that you get an idea as to exactly how this sort of thing works. Now it’s your turn. Here are some more lovely things from ban.do below. Perhaps you can use them to inspire a room in a your home now, or someday?
Let your creativity run wild, inspiration is all around you if you pause for a moment to simply see it.
I want to immerse myself into something refreshingly beautiful for a moment to ease my mind and comfort the soul. It’s impossible to not feel inspired by the talented Anna Williams so I have selected her portfolio to highlight in order to accomplish my need for visual comfort food. Would you like to join me?
Anna’s photographs magically transport you to sweet spaces where cherished memories are made, where tables runneth over with delicious foods and ease delightful object beckons you to hold it, use it, run your fingers on each creamy smooth surfaces…
I first discovered Anna in Real Simple but after finding her again online I learned that she is based in Brooklyn and has been shooting commercially for Martha Stewart Living, body + soul, O Magazine, Weddings, Whole Living, Food & Wine, Target, Williams Sonoma and many others for over 10 years, including Real Simple. She has shot 43+ covers — wow!
Stunning work — Anna is one of the reasons why we keep buying magazines, you can’t tear images from blogs and tack them on your board for inspiration, can you?
I hope that you will visit her website and slip away into her stunning portfolio for additional inspiration today. Perhaps you will come across some familiar images from some of your favorite magazines.
Wasn’t that a luxury, to enjoy her gorgeous photos for a moment?
(images: anna williams)
Elena Giavaldi has more than just a very pretty name, but she has lovely ideas that she transforms into some great designs. I love these two images below, one from her illustrations portfolio and another showing her hand drawings — all eventually become book covers, prints, wedding invitations, advertisements — she has quite a diverse list of projects and clients!
Elena splits her time between Milan and New York City and you can see more of her work and learn about her here on her website.
(images: elena giavaldi)