Notes

It's August. Summer is in full, glorious swing. Ideally, you're sprawled across a towel lakeside, or cruising through a gorgeous countryside. But if you're like us and an artist, the reality involves long, solitary days in the studio. So we've come up with some fun tips to help you defeat any unproductive feelings isolation.

  • Spruce up your workspace! We've added a collaborative worktable to our showroom, and we're planning to paint one of our walls with chalk paint. Sprucing up your studio is an excellent project during the slower months, and will surely impress your clients in the future.
  • Start a collaborative social media project; we recently celebrated "go fly a kite day" with photographers all over the country, and we did it from our desks! (visit @cypressalbums on Instagram to see) Social media is a great way to connect with friends, peers, & mentors, and it's even better if it encourages you to create a new series of work.
  • Discover your favorite walk. There are gorgeous walks in every city- we love the Silverlake Reservoir & Griffith Park. Sometimes you just need to ramble out your front door and get started. There is no better cure for a dull imagination than a long walk. We guarantee you'll return with a fresh page of ideas and a much calmer mind.

    Here in the studio, the Magnolia book has always held a special place in our hearts. As artists, we value the focus that the album lends to its images, and we think that the museum-style mats add an elegant touch that make the photographs even more poignant than they already are.

    The album encourages us to slow down. It adds great depth to each image that has been chosen for the book, and in the end, the Magnolia creates a distilled experience; one that embodies the true essence of the story.

    Images by Yvette Roman

    The beauty of a print lies in its tangible qualities-it is physical proof of a moment, though past, that has been shared and experienced. When it's passed around to friends and family, "ooo's and ahhh's" are exchanged. You're huddled together on the couch, looking through images that remind you of a time, a place, a scent. It's magical.

    Images by Yvette Roman

    The tradition of having a flower girl walk down the aisle dates back to the Roman era, where the girls carried fresh herbs and sheathes of wheat to bless the bride & groom with prosperity and fertility. Joining at the altar is a profound step in one’s life, and it honors the fascinating inner-lives that we develop (and fall in love with) as we grow older, experience more.  Yet to watch youth wander down the aisle- only steps ahead of us- allows us one last nod to the simpler times, when our lives were comprised of only magic & warmth.

    These lovely images were provided by Ned Jackson Photography

    So you’ve decided to slow down, take a breath. The world outside is wild, exciting, glamorous, but inside of you there grows this overwhelming desire to reflect.

    There’s something mesmerizing about holding a photograph in your hand. Inspired by this experience of reflection, we’ve decided to take vintage boxes and re-invent them to hold your prints, mats, (or any other treasures you’d like to archive).

     

    All Boutique by Cypress products are hand-sculpted by local artists in our Los Angeles studio

     Wedding images by Erika Gerdemark

     

     

    Fall always stirs a bit of adventure in our souls. Even here in our lovely Los Angeles studio, we look forward to a brisk shift in the air, the blue color of morning, weekends spent at mountain getaways. Here’s some inspiration for you to ponder as the weather grows cozy.

    Let’s breakfast. We love the simple, focused philosophy of Marta Greber, who believes our days should start with quiet laughter, a good record, and delightful food. Aren’t her photographs beautiful?

    As the inspiring KT Merry says, it’s truly paramount that you keep physical prints of your photographs in order to experience them in the deepest, meaningful ways. And besides, nostalgia is a beautiful thing- it keeps us warm through the colder months.(Studies have shown) Place your favorite image in an artisan frame and keep the rest in one of our stunning vintage boxes.

    Dena’s on Instagram! And we love to see what you do with our products- so make sure you always tag us in your photographs @boutiquebycypress, and remember to get creative!

     

    Inspiration Board Images courtesy of: (Clockwise) Bethany Nauert, West Heritage, Jaclyn Campanaro, Ed Pulella, Bethany Nauert

    Each wedding is a timeless experience that blends intricate details with the unique personalities of individual couples…” These are wise, observant words from the talented Leo Patrone, a film photographer whose work has been featured by both Style Me Pretty and Kinfolk magazine. He approaches each of his events with extraordinary attention to detail, and his desire to capture genuine human emotion helps him create photographs that are full of warmth and joy.

    How do you develop a synergetic relationship with your client?

    I think the most important part is communication. With every wedding I always make sure I clearly communicate with clients my approach to wedding photography and my goals when photographing an event. For me, the key to creating the photographs my clients want is to make sure they trust my vision completely. I also try to make sure people are always comfortable in front of the camera. This allows their personalities to be reflected in the images. 

     How do you maintain a balance between your artistic vision and your client’s expectation?

    This is definitely rooted in the trust your client has in you. If a client has complete trust in what you do, then you won’t have to balance your artistic vision and your client’s expectation. If a photographer has to compromise his or her vision, it’s a clear indication that the client hired the wrong person. I believe an artist needs freedom to create.

     Do you find it important for the client to connect with your vision as an artist?

    The client connecting with your vision is probably the most important aspect of a photographer’s relationship with a client. If the client doesn’t connect with your vision, then chances are they won’t be happy with the end result.

     Do you think it is important to connect with your client on an emotional level?

    Definitely. A wedding is a very emotional event. And photography is inherently intimate. If you ignore or can’t connect with people’s emotions at a wedding, maybe you should do something else.

     What is the biggest misconception about working with brides?

    I believe each person is a universe—they are unique in their own ways. I don’t like the idea of categorizing or stereotyping people. It doesn’t work. Approaching each person and each wedding with this in mind will help tremendously when working with people.

     For more information on Leo visit his website www.leopatronephotography.com and his blog

    Invitation by Bliss and Bone

     

    Your wedding day feels like a dream— the flowers, the laughter, the murmurs as you and your beloved walk down the aisle. You want it to last forever.

    Yet if it did, how would you grow? How would you roam the streets of Paris together, start your dream career, celebrate your first anniversary? Your wedding is just the start of a journey that will transcend any one day in time.

    But for the rainy days, when all you want to do is curl up with your loved one and wax nostalgic, Cypress has designed a box. Think of it as a place to store your memories. It’s a place to keep your wedding day mementos of utmost importance- the ones that will transport you back to your magical day. A dried bouquet, a pair of silk gloves; the note he slipped you when no one else was watching, your written vows; a photograph that was taken as you two slipped away; the final sketch of your dress.

    These are objects of immense meaning that will be cherished for generations to come. We can’t wait to see what you’ll place inside!