Setting: A 1:1 mentorship with Fersk Floral Artistry
Flowers: Cafe ranunculus, sweet pea + double tulips
It is tempting to lean towards ethereal pastels for spring. Our minds go to pale colors and gossamer petals peeking out timidly from their cozy winter beds. However, as someone who works with earthy materials constantly, I honor spring for its strength. Spring is anything but timid. It is enduring, it is powerful, and thank heavens, it is consistent.
When Lexi, the photographer for this 1:1 floral design mentorship, walked into the studio she exclaimed, “it feels SO good to see so much green finally!” That is the exact emotion I hoped to capture with this styled portfolio shoot. The relief that spring brings. And the way it brings it robustly, vibrantly, and at just the right moment.
With this emotion in mind, a traditional spring palette of butter yellows and egg-shell blues quickly gave way to heartier tones. I focused this earthy spring palette around the cafe ranunculus – which ranged from rust to golden – and used dyed sweet pea + caramel double tulips alongside it. And of course, abundant greenery that is the truest sign that spring is finally here.
The result did not replace the graceful and intricate embodiment of spring, but instead complemented it more purely. Fortified it with the too often forgotten side of spring, the side that confidently shakes off winter and braves the elements eagerly.
A 1:1 Floral Mentorship in an Earthy Spring Palette
Mikelle of Fersk Floral Artistry traveled from Wisconsin to Utah for this session. While undergoing a rebrand, she knew this 1:1 mentorship was another vital step towards reaching a higher-end clientele.
Together, Mikelle and I created a foliage heavy arch which was a beautiful contrast and backdrop against the more floral-heavy and colorful bouquets. I shared with her all of my tips and methods to arch and bouquet design, sourcing, and color theory, I cannot wait to see how she applies what we discussed and to see where her business takes her. Click here to learn more about upcoming workshop opportunities like this.
As you can see from other past mentorships, each session includes a styled photo gallery for the designer’s portfolio. I consider the mentee’s style, target clientele, and the planned floral work to style an artistic and elevated shoot.
For this session, I reached out to Clara to model because I knew her copper hair would accompany the rust and terracotta colors charmingly. We styled her hair down and wavy, to match the natural air of this entire session.
Other Vendors For This Spring Floral Mentorship
Mentee – Fersk Floral Artistry
Studio – U. West
Photographer – Lexi Marie
Model – Clara Mason
HMUA – Bridal by Caitlin
Dress – Blushing Bride Boutique