Here at Foster & Flourish, we love entertaining and throwing parties.
Tessie and I both pride ourselves on being consummate hostesses - offering drinks, decanting the vegetable dip into a crystal bowl, adding fresh flowers, and doing all those little touches that make an evening special.Read More
It seems like every week there's a new "National Something Day" popping up - but we're not complaining!
Today is National Taco Day, and the ladies of Foster and Flourish are READY for it.
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It was months in the making.
Bonnie, Jessica and I were in the infancy stages of developing our mission for Foster & Flourish. We were dreaming about ways to gather creatives in collaboration with each other. We'd hosted one fantastic styled shoot already, and a sold-out watercolor class coming up.
Over numerous lattes and several orders of avocado toast, we decided to have our next event celebrate summers on Long Island And so our Vintage 1960’s Styled Shoot was born!
It was our vision to bring to life Bonnie’s love for all things vintage, Jessica’s whimsical stationery aesthetic, and for me to beautifully capture the vision on film, a medium I adore. I was so excited to photograph it! I would, in fact, be the one hosting the event and inviting photographers who love to shoot film to join along on the adventure.
Bonnie and Jessica’s trust in my craft means so much to me and their encouragement has fueled my desire to continue to get out of my comfort zone and to grow. I wanted to host this Styled Workshop for just this reason. I also like to teach others and see them grow. I have, over the years, been asked to share my knowledge and experience, and I feel that I have something of substance to offer to those seeking direction in their photography journey. I wanted this to be a hands on, ask-me-anything workshop where those who attended left knowing a little more than they did when they arrived. I wanted to give back. Invitations were open to all photographers: those that are new to film, those wanting to add film to their current repertoire, or those who simply wanted to add a session with this style to their portfolio.
As with all plans we have to be prepared for the unexpected- in our case it was the weather. And when the unexpected arrived, our community, both professional and personal, pulled through and breathed life into our vision and it was even better than we imagined. It was community and collaboration at its finest!
Thank you to our participants and sponsors!
ORGANIZED BY: Foster & Flourish | @fosterandflourishny
HOSTED BY: Tessie Reveliotis Photography | @tessiereveliotis
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bonnie Bryant Creative | @bonniebryantoconnor
STATIONERY: Whimsy B Paperie | @whimsybpaperie
MODELS: Gillian Dougherty and Dom Rizzotti
HAIR: Tapestry Salon and Spa | @tapestrysalon_andspa
MAKEUP: Heather Ann Makeup | @heatherannmakeup
STYLING SURFACE: Simply Rooted Surfaces | @simplyrootedsurfaces
JEWELRY: Victor Barboné | @victorbarbonejewelry
VINTAGE ROMPER AND PARASOL: Paper Doll Vintage | @paperdollvintage
Our Watercolor Workshop at the historic Setauket Neighborhood House this past June was a sold-out success!
Foster & Flourish cofounder Bonnie Bryant O'Connor was the workshop instructor. Bonnie took watercolor classes in college, and learned that watercolor painting could be a soothing and stress-relieving hobby. It's inexpensive to start and easy to practice. Even if you're not an experienced illustrator, you can still create beautiful abstract watercolor paintings with no formal art training. When painting with watercolors, you need to learn to let go - to let the paint and water do their thing on the paper.
This workshop had one simple rule: no comparing your work to the work of others, and no complaining about how "bad" your painting is! Bonnie started our workshop with watercolor basics. Students would use these basics later in the class to create their final painting.
Each student was singularly talented, and everyone had a ton of fun. We had delicious sparkling rosé, and incredible donuts from East Main & Main in Port Jefferson. The talented Tessie Reveliotis shot stunning photos. Thanks to Jessica Brennan of Whimsy B Paperie for her help, too! One lucky guest won a tote bag full of goodies from Bonnie's super-cute online shop! It was an incredible event, filled with creativity, talent, and learning!
To learn more about our upcoming events, click here!