two of my besties are getting married.
Traveller's Rest // Nashville, TN
Flowers - purchased from Geny's Wholesale (http://www.genyswholesale.com/), arranged by bride + family
Venue - Traveller's Rest http://travellersrestplantation.org/
Food - St Charles Catering
Cake - bride
Hair and Makeup - bride + maid of honor
Bridesmaid Dresses- Target
Bowties- handmade by Mother of the Bride
I could not have asked for a better couple to kick off the wedding season. JOY.
friends, what a whirlwind these past 8 months have been.
exciting news: towards the end of the summer, I will be releasing my first EP under the artist name TRAVELLER.
the nitty gritty:
the name TRAVELLER stems from a group of nomadic irish folk musicians that called themselves the Old Irish Travellers, or as translated in Irish Cant, "the walking people". I randomly found this group on google (thank-you, social media) & thought the name TRAVELLER encompassed who I am in this stage of life. I wanted to keep music & photography separated & let's face it, my full name, Mikaela Steinwedell, is near impossible to spell or pronounce (thanks, mom & dad).
thus was the birth of TRAVELLER. the songs on this EP reflect not only a travelling of my physical body, but also of my heart & mind. we are all travellers of some sort as we weave through life, & my hope is that these songs will relate to whatever path of life you are walking on.
last week commenced the first round of recording, which will be finished at the beginning of May. I cannot express how grateful I am to the number of friends & family who have supported me & helped to make this album infinitely more than I could have imagined.
that's all for now, folks. updates, song releases, & travellin' instagrams will be comin' your way soon.
peace & blessin's,
a couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of collaborating with my super talented friend, Moriah. she is a hauntingly beautiful writer, and she came to me wanting to write a poem about how she views herself based off of a picture I took of her.
below is the end result, the words written by Moriah & the photo that inspired them at the bottom:
a photograph: double-exposed.
One day my shoulders
will shrug with old age,
and my spine will bend gently
like it’s reaching for the ground.
My hair will turn grey
or fall out in weird places,
and the skin on my arms will
stretch away from my bones.
But for now, here I am:
average height, slender frame;
A few scars in weird places
a few crooked, stained teeth.
Full cheeks that push my
eyes shut when I smile;
Green eyes that turn grey
like clouds holding rain.
I don’t look in mirrors much
because I never know what I’ll see.
Some days my cheeks look empty
and my grey eyes not green;
or my thin arms look thinner
than they did yesterday
and it looks like my hip bones
might rip through my jeans.
And if I can see past the acne
I should have grown out of by now,
I see only scars over freckles
on a shapeless bone frame.
So I cover my face with my hands,
hiding my body in my arms,
and let my bony shoulders shrug
like they’re trying to fold up
like a piece of used paper
or an old cardboard box.
But most days I see both-
like a photograph, double-exposed.
6:30 am // Nashville, TN
loved welcoming the day with my beautiful adventurer/forest nymph friend, Lexi.
on a beautiful day back in september, my lovely housie Betsy & I frolicked around Old Natchez Trace.
Minolta 201, Kodak Portra 400
Diana F+, Lomography Lady Grey
5D Mark II
fuji instax 210.
Last week I purchased the new VSCO Film 03, a lovely collection of filters that emulate instant film.
I edited some things I've shot recently, & I'm loving the variety & coloring of the filters. I'm excited to keep working with these!
Polaroid 690 Warm ++
Polaroid 690 Cold ++
Polaroid 669 +++
Fuji FP- 100c ++ Alt
we have to create, it is the only thing louder than destruction. -Andrea Gibson.
percy warner park // nashville, tn.
collaborate & create with those around you as often as possible.
Nashville, TN // EP coming soon.
a lovely saturday spent with my housemates.
5D Mark II, 50mm
Minolta 201, Portra 400
Diana F+, Portra 800
a series of double exposures.
Diana F+ with color flash
lomography lady grey
canon eos rebel g with 50mm 1.8
meet my name-twin & soul-sister Macayla. she, too, hails from the great land of Texas, & she has quickly become one of my dearest friends in Nashville.
sadly, she's saying adios to america for the next 6 months to go farm & adventure in New Zealand (whatever, I'm not jealous), so I was determined to get some pictures of her before she left. I used mostly film, which got partially damaged while it was being processed, but I actually think the damage made the pictures really vintage-y & beautiful, and I'm super pleased with how they came out. that's part of the risk of working with film, but also part of the beauty.
Yashica m-124 g, Portra 800
Minolta 201, Portra 400
5D Mark II