With Kinfolk – Winter Flowers

In my mind, every January opens a loop that we all move down and around, growing as the months unfold and the events of the year play out until it is closed in December, when everything gives way back to January and things begin anew. Thus, I see this as the season of finished circles and of endings and reflection. And in the spirit of reflection, I cannot think of photos more fitting to share than those which were shot all the way back in January.

In many ways, these photos set the tone for what the rest of my year would look like — quiet, composed portraits, improvised backdrops and a newly-formed appreciation for flowers. And, as the year has worn on and I’ve able to work with amazing people in awesome places, many of these photos have remained among my favorites. Even though I’ve partnered with Amy Merrick on numerous occasions, these stand apart from the rest to me as they were the result of our first cooperation. Perhaps that’s why I’ve thought them particularly orphaned as they’ve lain dormant for most of the year. We knew we wanted to submit them for publication somewhere, but weren’t sure what would be appropriate. Time got away from us, we shot other things (you may recall this story), and we found ourselves out of season for flowers. In the end, though, as with so much of my work this year, a number of these shots finally found a home in Kinfolk Magazine — and as the year began, so it ends.

So, with Christmas a mere 6 days away, and the year drawing to a close, the time is fast approaching where we all must (Mayans willing) begin another lap around the calendar. As I wind down the rest of 2012 with family, I reflect upon the year and all of the growth and friend-making and change it has brought with it. I hope that yours has been just as fulfilling. And as we look to begin 2013, I wish the utmost blessings upon each and every one of you, and of course, to all the most Merriest of Christmases!

Now lastly, some notes: flowers and styling were executed impeccably by Amy Merrick. Francesca Zmetra and Amy’s sister Micha were both kind enough to act as subjects. All photos were shot with either a Zeiss Ikon or Contax 645 using Kodak Portra 160. And please do check out the full story in Kinfolk Vol. 6! That’s all!

15 Responses to “With Kinfolk – Winter Flowers”

  1. Kyle says:

    Parker, … these are so beautiful. Thank you.

  2. maryanne says:

    Love these combinations, really beautiful and quiet. Flower/art lovers may be interested in Bouquets to Art in San Fran. It’s a yearly event I heard is pretty cool. Ever been? http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/bouquets-art-2013

  3. joy newell says:

    Wonderful job on these! Such a quiet, lovely mood.

  4. Dang, son! Pretty girls with flowers… my all time favorite!

  5. These are just breathtaking. I feel like it represents a little piece of my heart .

  6. Als Ty says:

    Only three pictures put in the ACTUAL MAGAZINE??

  7. Annette says:

    You never cease to amaze me, Parker! These are absolutely fantastic. I love your Kinfolk-work.

    • parkerfitzgerald@gmail.com says:

      Well I can honestly say that the same goes for – you’ve always been impressive to me. Thanks for all your kinds words and I hope that one day we get to actually meet!

  8. Lisa O'Dwyer says:

    This is such a beautiful series! Your work here really reminds me of Zubaran, if he was a Pre-Raphaelite painter. Superb!

  9. Iwona says:

    It is beautiful! I really like your blog and photos! I greet:)

  10. Steve says:

    Good work! Really eye catching flowers that suits as background picture. I will try this at home.

  11. Mizuho.K says:

    wow so pretty and wonderful!(*^_^*)<3

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