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Finding inspiration at the Museum of Art

First off if you haven't entered yet- I've partnered with the San Diego Museum of Art to giveaway 1 duel membership pas to museum and a 30 minute photo session by me! All you have to do is go to my instagram post here before Thursday night (3/15/18). If you missed my takeover on the SDMA instagram, you can watch it on their instagram highlights here.

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Every now -n- then I’ll find myself on a shoot…ya know doing the typical thing, shooting the same poses, in the middle of the street, against a wall, sitting on a curb and I ask myself WHAT ELSE IS THERE in life?!?!>

Well not life- life is great; but when this happens I can tell the universe is telling me I need to breathe in new inspiration. 

Most photographers go to Pinterest for inspiration, but I head to the San Diego Museum of Art, in the heart of Balboa Park.

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Inspired already? same.

The first thing when you walk in the building, is the most grand, elegant, symmetrical , minimalist-yet-detailed AF staircase.

I'm also DYING to get married here- it would be so ME. Honey, hint hint if you're reading.

Seriously though- I couldn’t get past the staircase, picture me....I’m there, stuck mid way taking photos, imagining myself on a later date shooting down on my subject, that’s most likely sprawled across horizontally with a chic sequin dress and sneaks on…and there’s my fiancé’ at the top of them like um what are you doing? Lol. 

It’s called art people, anyways, moving on!

The first exhibit I walked into was called “Genre & Myth” and I walked past every painting and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this one.

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"Nymph in Spring" (ca. 1537-1540) by Lucas Cranach the Younger.

First of all, I love how she is just laying by the river and doesn't care AT ALL if anyone sees her. Not a care in the world.

If you look really closely theres a beautiful white stranded material around her head and midsection-- you guys know I love textures, so naturally, this spoke to me. It may be an odd statement, but to me this is such a modern day "vibe" she is giving off. When I read that "Nymph in Spring" was painted in 1540, it blew my mind and made the vision in front of me even more special. 

I want to do a semi-nude shoot at a lake- ala Nymph in Spring- ASAP! The first room I entered already gave me all the inspiration I needed.

Kari, the director of Marketing & Com., actually told me that the museum had just acquired this piece and they're throwing a party for it soon! A party for a painting--- I mean that just makes me happy :) 

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Another exhibit I loved was Visible Vaults, you can read more on it above. Every drawer had something new in it and my brain was on edge and loving it.

 

 

 Loving the top row of ceramic pieces- how rad would it be to do a shoot with a million of those all around your subject- somewhere really rustic and abandoned!?

Loving the top row of ceramic pieces- how rad would it be to do a shoot with a million of those all around your subject- somewhere really rustic and abandoned!?

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 NEED to get married here. Seriously. 

NEED to get married here. Seriously. 

 Self-portrait in the portrait room. This room was the portrait room, it had the most STUNNING painted portraits. It was such a lush room, if I had a glass of champagne, a cane and a faux fur I would've fit right in. Noted for my next visit.

Self-portrait in the portrait room. This room was the portrait room, it had the most STUNNING painted portraits. It was such a lush room, if I had a glass of champagne, a cane and a faux fur I would've fit right in. Noted for my next visit.

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    I found the most beauty and inspiration in the poses. This one above was my favorite pose. It's raw and piercing, yet so submissive at the same time.  It's true that we can find inspiration anywhere we look, but my favorite place to find creative energy is at the museum. To me there is something so humbling when I look at a painting that took 3 YEARS to make and is 523 years old. The inspiration seems to hit me faster when I'm surrounded by 20,000 pieces of   vintage   art, and yes I did hashtag #vintage on my insta story next to a Monet.   Here's my personal 3 tips for an  INSPO HUNTING TRIP TO THE MUSEUM :   1. Slow down- take your time and if you want to stare at something for 20 minutes, DO IT. There is something so relaxing and recharging about this to me.  2. No Debbie Downers- don't bring ANYONE who will complain that they're bored, try to make you stare at the painting THEY like when you feel nothing for it (time waster), someone with an itinerary, ect. If you can't find someone who is chill, not controlling, and quiet then I suggest you fly solo.  3. NOTES- Jot down notes or snap photos when you see something that makes you think. I'd write quick keywords to help me brainstorm when I got home like: "grand staircase" "turn back pose" "mini pottery" "white cotton string" "lake" "burgundy and gold" ect.  If you missed my instagram takeover for the  San Diego Museum of Art , you can still go watch it in their instagram highlights  here  and don't forget to enter my giveaway on this  post ! 

 

I found the most beauty and inspiration in the poses. This one above was my favorite pose. It's raw and piercing, yet so submissive at the same time.

It's true that we can find inspiration anywhere we look, but my favorite place to find creative energy is at the museum. To me there is something so humbling when I look at a painting that took 3 YEARS to make and is 523 years old. The inspiration seems to hit me faster when I'm surrounded by 20,000 pieces of vintage art, and yes I did hashtag #vintage on my insta story next to a Monet. 

Here's my personal 3 tips for an INSPO HUNTING TRIP TO THE MUSEUM

1. Slow down- take your time and if you want to stare at something for 20 minutes, DO IT. There is something so relaxing and recharging about this to me.

2. No Debbie Downers- don't bring ANYONE who will complain that they're bored, try to make you stare at the painting THEY like when you feel nothing for it (time waster), someone with an itinerary, ect. If you can't find someone who is chill, not controlling, and quiet then I suggest you fly solo.

3. NOTES- Jot down notes or snap photos when you see something that makes you think. I'd write quick keywords to help me brainstorm when I got home like: "grand staircase" "turn back pose" "mini pottery" "white cotton string" "lake" "burgundy and gold" ect.

If you missed my instagram takeover for the San Diego Museum of Art, you can still go watch it in their instagram highlights here and don't forget to enter my giveaway on this post

 After all the inspo at the museum, we had dinner at Panama 66, a restaurant right next door. Cheese plate + rose + live music = YES

After all the inspo at the museum, we had dinner at Panama 66, a restaurant right next door. Cheese plate + rose + live music = YES

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