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Caribbean Seas Series: Bedroom Inspiration

September 21, 2017

Some of you might not know that we have a fine art shop!    I have a masters in photography from SCAD, and our regular “job” is photographing weddings, which we absolutely LOVE doing.     Last year, we launched our first fine art series of pink flowers, which did exceptionally well.    These two (here and here) pieces were the most popular and continue to sell regularly…

Off the back of the flowers, we released a few more color profiles, neutrals and hydrangeas.    I particularly love this piece, and this one as well.

I have always ALWAYS loved the beach (I taught sailing in the Caribbean for two summers) and wanted to have pictures of the sea in our home.   We released this Harbor Island series last March, and this St. Barth’s from overhead series in September 2018.    We photographed the St. Barth’s series right before the hurricane hit and devastated the Island, and surrounding Islands, and so for a period of time, we dedicated 100% of the proceeds to hurricane relief.

These pieces are such a fun, fresh way to buy modern, colorful art for your home.   This is the best-seller, and this is my favorite.    Here is a bit of bedroom inspiration!

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Fine Art Release: Caribbean Seas

September 20, 2017

Thank you all for your wonderful support yesterday.  We are proud to launch our latest collection of Fine Art photographs that we took in the Caribbean.  It is a project that I have wanted to do for a long time because these Islands mean so much to my husband and me.

We photographed most of this series from a boat.  Because we were living on board, we were acutely aware of the weather. Tropical storm Harvey rolled through, affecting some of the Islands South of us and later strengthening in the gulf and causing so much damage in Texas.  It was already a difficult season for the Caribbean but since we left, it has been a stream of bad news for the Islands.  Somehow, this project of love has become embroiled with these storms.  It seems only appropriate that we donate all of our net proceeds from our sales to the reconstruction of the Islands that we hold so dear.  We are working with charities that are helping sustain and rebuild the worst hit islands.   These charities include Direct Relief, Convoy of Hope, and the BVI Recovery Fund. Or, if you would prefer, we can work with an established aid charity designated by you at the time of purchase. I visited the Caribbean for the first time when I was twelve.   My parents are divorced and my father took me there with my step-mother.  Even though I had flown that distance alone before (I was living on the west coast with my mother), I still remember getting to the airport and being very afraid and anxious.  My mother re-assured me that it would be the most beautiful place I had ever seen, and that I would love it.   As I was shuffled onto the plane, I remember turning back and memorizing her face, I can still see her calm re-assuring smile.

Of course she was right.  When I stepped off the flight into the balmy breezy air I knew that I was somewhere unlike anywhere I had ever been.  The color of the water, the tropical fish, the kindness of the people, I even loved the afternoon storms which would only last a handful of minutes.  I knew I had to spend more time here.   And I did.  I returned when I was 15 to go to a sailing camp.  While other friends were focused on the boys, I couldn’t believe the beauty that lay before me.  I remember the euphoria of the first time I swam to shore and the beach had no foot prints except my own.  I couldn’t believe this type of beauty could for a fleeting moment just be mine.  And on and on…I worked and lived on different Islands during and after college, and my husband, a sailor, did the same.

These photographs are a celebration of color and of beauty but they’re also a celebration of memory.  Intentionally abstract, they are more dreamlike than literal interpretations of the beach and the sea.  They invite emotional, personal response, whether it’s a recollection or a daydream. Perhaps a memory floats by of what it feels like to step into water so warm that you can wade in unflinchingly, or the feeling of salt on your lips or sun so bright you can’t open your eyes but you feel so lucky.   I hope that they allow you to escape for a moment and to find beauty and peace. To view the full collection, click here.

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Giveaway: Fine Art Photographs & Phone Cases!

August 15, 2017

Love is definitely in the air over here and I want to spread it to you! I’m giving away TWO of my best-selling 30×40 prints valued at $1500 each (Frame included) and 10 phone cases valued at $40 (any size iPhone or Samsung) 🌺 Visit our online shop to see the different options!
Here’s how to enter to win: head to our instagram and ❤️ our giveaway post, follow me @lucycuneo, comment why you want to win and tag a friend who would love to win a print! I’ll be randomly selecting a grand prize winner to receive a print of their choice AND one for their tagged friend 💃 FIVE runner-ups and their tagged friends will also be receiving a phone case of their choice. You can enter as many times as you want before Thursday August 17 at 9PM PT. Winners will be announced and contacted on August 18. Good luck 💘💘

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Launching: Hydrangea Fine Art Flower Photographs!

May 16, 2017

We’re so excited to launch the first of our hydrangea fine art series this morning! It has been our most requested flower from our customers and we’re thrilled to add these shades to our collection.   There are blue and white, brown/pink and white, and mixes of all three.  They will certainly pair more naturally with a neutral interior palate.  We’re kicking off with a 20% off sale so head over to the store to check them out! Behind the scenes here xx

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Editing Photos for Social Media

May 5, 2017

Hi friends!  I have been getting a lot of inquiries about how we edit photos — both our “professional” images and our iPhone shots — and I am an open book, happy to share anything and everything!  This is such a fun topic for me to comment on because it is what I love to do.  I feel like I could talk endlessly about it (I’ll try not to).  I have a Masters in Photography from SCAD and we just launched a line of Fine Art Prints.  I’ll take any excuse to get out in the world and to create something beautiful.  A day spent shooting and is like magic to me; I would love to pass on some of our enthusiasm and teach you a little bit about our “behind the scenes” process.  I know that learning photography can be intimidating, so please don’t be shy to ask questions.  I would love to play some small part in your photography journey.  Of course, I am still learning too!

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Charleston is full of “visual treats” and we are so, so lucky to live here.  It is warm, sunny, light-filled and full of pastel painted houses, overflowing window boxes, secret alleyways and beautiful gardens.  It is easy to take a pretty picture, slap a filter on it and call it a day.  I know that we are so fortunate; I will get into shooting in trickier circumstances later on in the series but, for now, I’ll take these ideal conditions and show you how I like editing photos.

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So much of editing is personal preference, there is no “right” way.  I lean towards vibrant yet dreamy images.  I love warmth in an image because I think it evokes feelings of happiness and beauty.  I do 99% of my editing in Lightroom.  I have downloaded VSCO filters for all of my camera systems — Canon, Pentax, Leica — and I work primarily with the “modern films” pack.  Right now, I’m using the Fuji 160C and Portra 160 filters the most, especially for our photographs that are taken outside in bright daylight.

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When editing photos I always look at an image with each filter and decide which I like best.  The images in this post are a mix of both of those filters.  I like to lighten the shadows (by sliding the bar to the right) and bring up the vibrance.  I often add a bit more magenta and yellow under the white balance tab.  I remove the “noise” from the filter by taking the grain all the way off.  For images without people, I like to use the lens correction feature in Lightroom.  This is under the “transform” tab — click “auto”!  It might be a bit easier to follow along on the video at the bottom of this post.  Last, I straighten my image and use the 4:3 crop ratio.

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Forgive me if I am speaking quickly in this video, just nerves!  I’m also planning to cover shooting and editing with the iPhone, what kind of light I look for, and photoshop fixes.  Anything else you’d love to know?

P.S.  This dress is from Hampden Clothing in Charleston.   I tell you only because I have received so many direct messages about it after posting on Insta-stories.  It is the most comfortable, feminine dress for summer — so nice to just throw on, easy peasy!  Do not worry if you don’t live in town, you can shop Hampden’s entire collection online (how cool is that?).   And this is entirely unsponsored, I’m just so impressed with them!!! xo Lucy

 

Thank you so much to the amazing, talented Pat Black for making this video with us!

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Introducing: Neutral Flower Series

May 1, 2017

We have loved the response to our first flower series that was, predominantly, a celebration of ‘pink’ in all its bolder shades and permutations.  Now, having spent the last few weeks photographing the explosion of Charleston’s glorious spring, heralded by the city’s famous parade of Confederate Jasmine, we have been inspired to launch a neutral flower series of softer colored spring flower photographic prints, focusing on the more neutral palette, to echo the whites and softer shades of spring color that surround us in the city.   Today, we are adding the first of these to the Fine Art collection, six photographs of flowers in whites and neutral shades that celebrate the beauty of softer, subtler hues of spring colors.   These beautiful flowers, caught as if in the transient stage from green bud to full flower, suggest the birth and hope of spring and the quickening pulse of nature toward the lush colors of summer.

We hope you will enjoy these additions and look forward to adding more to the series in the weeks to come.

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