Deidre Lynn Photography

Brandon + Lee Ann After Session by Deidre Lynn Photography

My favorite time of the day to shoot photos is during the golden hour, an hour or two just before the sun sets. Photographer Deidre Lynn does quite an impressive job of capturing golden light, no matter what time of day. Take a quick glance at her photos and you’ll see what I mean, and truth be told, if I could sum up Deidre’s photography in one word, it would be golden.

I’m head over heels about the way Deidre incorporates nature in her photos, like the tree branches above that frame the beautiful couple. It’s one thing to photograph people in nature, but to have them interact with it as if nature is as much the spotlight as the people is a marvelous sight.

Woodland maiden photos shot by Deidre Lynn Photography

Armed with her camera and creative spirit, Deidre states that her aim is for her photos to “speak for themselves — loudly and clearly.”

The Wandering Princess shot by Deidre Lynn Photography

The Golden Woods shot by Deidre Lynn Photography

“When create an image of a couple in love, I hope to be creating a piece of art – a painting in light, love and a forever relationship.” — Deidre Lynn

Wedding Photography by Deidre Lynn Photography

For further inspiration, visit Deidre Lynn’s portfolio, though be warned that time might slip away from you.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Marius Wathne

Student work by Marius Wathne

I love visiting botanical gardens and arboretums whenever I can, mostly due to my nonexistent green thumb. It’s an opportunity for me to get up close and personal with flowers that don’t bloom around my yard or neighbors’ yard and a chance at avoiding awkward glances from my neighbors — you know, say if I want to study a flower outside their front window. Am I creeping you out yet?

Oftentimes I’ll keep pamphlets for reference, but rarely do they ever resemble freelance graphic designer Marius Wathne’s remarkable design concept for the Royal Botanic Garden in Melbourne, Australia. Read more about the project on Marius’ portfolio.

The Waterwise plant guide for the Royal Botanic Garden in Melbourne, Australia by Marius Wathne

Marius’ design and execution is enchanting. The entire piece is oozing with beauty, from the artistic typography, to the stunning photography, and the smartly-designed layout. This is information design at it’s finest.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Neve/Hawk

Photo by Leslie Ryann McKellar for Neve/Hawk

As a web/graphic designer, I often peruse sites like dribbble and The Best Designs to keep current with the latest design trends and to discover new-to-me graphic/web designers. Once upon a time ago, I happened upon the work of Bob Galmarini on dribbble,

 where I followed a link back to his clothing company called Neve Inspired, also owned and operated by his wife, Kris. I instantly fell in love with the site’s design, and even more so, the site’s products. Bob and Kris carry a line of fun wearables for children, like t-shirts that

feature Clumsy, a font created by artist and illustrator Kyle Steed.

Everything Bob and Kris create is illustrated, hand-sewn, and hand-screen printed in their home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kris and Bob recently released a new line of clothing called Neve/Hawk (named after their two children) this year and successfully received funding through Kickstarter to debut the line at Playtime New York last month. Everything about the line is playful, stylish, and most importantly comfortable.

Neve/Hawk Fall & Winter 2012

Be sure to check out more pieces from the Fall/Winter 2012 line in Neve/Hawk’s lovely lookbook.

Fight for Creativity

We love to imagine and create, and at neve / hawk we get to turn that into something real. This privilege of ours comes after a lifetime of being encouraged through school arts education programs — to explore our creativity through art, dance, music, illustration, and theater.” — Bob and Kris Galmarini

Bob and Kris’s purpose behind creating the line is an admirable one, too. They are committed to keeping the arts alive and thriving in public schools, so with every sale, they are donating a portion to fight for creativity.

Learn more about their passion for creativity.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

An Interview with Cathy Van Hoang

Jellyfish Air Plants by Cathy Van Hoang of Petit Beast

Prepare yourselves to be wowed. To say that I’m excited about this week’s interview with Cathy Van Hoang of Petit Beast would be the understatement of the year! I have the biggest love affair with sea urchins, which dates back to my early teenage years and all began during a trip to the tide pools along the coast of Corona Del Mar. I spent a day during the summer collecting the

shells and quite literally stumbled across the abandoned homes of sea urchins. While many of the sea urchins I found were worse for wear, broken homes if you will, I did find a few that were in pristine condition.

When I happened upon Cathy’s shop, my heart nearly leapt out of my chest with amazement.I felt like

I’d caught a glimpse of sea urchin heaven — where every time a bell rings a sea urchins gets its tentacles and becomes a jellyfish … or something. Cathy’s photographs are so ethereal and pleasing to the eye, I could see myself visiting her shop time and time again just to gaze at her brilliant photography and post-processing.

Without further delay, enjoy this wonderful interview with Cathy.

Share a little bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Cathy Van Hoang. I grew up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. I have a BFA in Graphic Design and I was lucky enough to go to art school in Florence for a year. My true passion is photography. I come from a long a line of photographers. My dad was really hardcore when it came to photography. With him, there was no such thing as taking a quick and simple photo. Everything had to be a perfect. He would spend a considerable amount of time making these elaborate setups with various props and then making everybody pose for what seemed like hours. That was no fun and nearly killed my interest in photography. But despite all of this, I somehow managed to pick up the camera myself and I’m glad I did!

voyage jellyfish air plant by Petit Beast

Share a little bit about your shop.
Ok, I’ve got a confession to make that may surprise you. Like many people reading this, I’ve got a black thumb. In the past, I’ve caused the demise of many plants and flowers. When I discovered air plants and how hardy they were, I simply fell in love. I became an overly-enthusiastic air plant collector (hoarder), and our place was quickly becoming too densely populated. My boyfriend suggested that I start selling some of the plants in order to keep my collection from taking over our home and our lives. A couple photo sessions later, my Petit Beast shop was born!

The idea of turning air plants into jellyfish was an accidental one. I had the right ingredients to make them from the start. Sales really started to pick up and I was running out of space, so I started to hang them from the ceiling and voila. All of the positive responses I’ve been getting from people makes me very happy. I’m really glad that people are able to relate to them.

Stripey and green jellyfish air plants by Petit Beast


What’s the story behind the name of your shop?
Air plants are incredibly fascinating to me. Each plant is really unique. It’s almost as if they have their own identity and personality. It may sound kind of crazy but, I like to think of them as pets. They’re little beasts that I adopt, care for, raise, and then send out into the world! So, the name Petit Beast was a natural fit for the shop.

Share a little bit about your workspace. 
Like most online sellers, I’m doing all this from home. My boyfriend and I live together and rent a beautiful green Craftsman home in Long Beach, CA. Our space is small, but incredibly cozy. We have an eclectic mix of antique wooden furniture procured over several years of hunting at flea markets, swapmeets, and on Craigslist. My workspace consists of any flat surface that is available to me.

the workspace of Cathy Van Hoang

Lately I’ve been hogging up an old desk we’ve affectionately named Lion Desk. It has those cool lion head brass drawer pulls and the desk’s feet are lion paws.

What does a typical day look like for you?
By day, I am a freelance Art Director/Designer. For the most part, that involves working for various design studios in LA. I recently started my own design and photography business called Studio CvH, so I work from home between agency gigs. In my downtime from the day jobs, I run Petit Beast. I do everything for the shop myself: caring for the plants, photography, graphic design, advertising, listing, supply purchasing, packaging and sending out orders, answering emails, and customer service. All of this while daydreaming about food. I’m a total foodie!

Branding for Petit Beast by Cathy Van Hoang


What’s your most-prized nature-inspired possession in your home?

It would have to be an antique wooden console table that we purchased from our awesome neighbors for $50. The piece is amazing! It’s over 100 years. It has an extremely intricate floral motif that was all hand-carved.

What are a few things you enjoy about nature? 
I think that nature has a real calming effect on all of us. Whether we are in a natural environment or just simply having some plants around the house, nature really makes us all feel good.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Photography by Mister Onüff

Macro shot of a butterfly wing by Mister Onüff

Artist Info

  • Name: Mister Onüff
  • Based in: Madrid, Spain
  • Visit his work on Behance or portfolio

Nature through the eyes of Madrid, Spain-based José María Parra Sánchez, or Mister Onüff, is enrapturing. José is a creative director and founder of a design company based in Madrid, Spain, though he’s from a small village on the island of Ölandin in Sweden. He captures the finest of details in nature that elicit many an ooh and ahh.

details by mr. onuff

Mister Onüff’s macro photography is quite exceptional, too. It sparks an ache in me to take up macro photography, something that I dabbled in a little bit of in high school and college. My camera at the time had incredible macro capabilities that I would go out on a limb and say could rival some of the most expensive macro lenses. The only problem, however, was that I couldn’t fine-tune any settings because there really weren’t any settings on my point and shoot.

macro photography by Mr. Onuff

I’m captivated by the dream-like qualities of many of Mister Onüff’s photos. Each photo from his Botanic Garden set look like a still from a dream sequence, so soothing and the sort of thing you’d want to look at before you nod off at night.

Botanic Garden by Mister Onüff

To learn more about the fantastic Mister Onüff, read his bio on his portfolio.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.