Humans with Bouquets: NOLA

I cannot begin to convey the love I have for New Orleans. I have visited many times, and each time, I'm more in love. There is something about it - the beautiful archuitecture, the history, the art, the music, and the food. However, above all, what make NOLA is its beautiful people! I have traveled to many cities in many countries in my lifetime, but I have to say that New Orleans has some of the friendliest and kindest people I have ever encountered. So, on my recent road trip, I decided that I wanted to capture some of these lovely faces and give them the spotlight they deserved. I made a bouquet, and NRU brought his Hassie along and we went for an early evening walk in the French Quarter (with kids in tow of course). I simply walked around and asked people who seemed interesting to me if they would hold the bouquet and participate in my endeavor. No one said "no" - and here are the lovely people we were able to capture before we lost the daylight!

This lovely man - I don't know his name - couldn't hold a bouquet and play his instrument at the same time, so one of my boys gave him a hand (albeit a little hesitantly). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This is Bourbon Street beauty Brooke. She was very sweet, and I loved those shoes!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This man was busy, but he was still a willing and kind participant. I just love the bright colors of his shirt and hot dog cart! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This serious but kind man is Vashon. He didn't have an e-mail address, but I promised I would mail him a copy of his photo to his home. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And last but not least, is Chris, who was playing the guitar beautifully on Royal Street! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Thank you beautiful people of New Orleans, I'm honored to have you as my humans!

Note: Once we were done, I told my husband that I would give the bouquet to the next person who admired it. So, we walked into a charming shop where the shopkeeper said "Oh, what a lovely bouquet" and they were hers. She was so shocked and thankful - and told me that I had made her day! Let's just say that I had had a pretty good day myself!

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Joy

When we were in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stopping by Joy Wilson's lovely home in the French Quarter for a little shoot. Oh, you don't know Joy Wilson? Sure you do...you just know her as Joy the Baker! If you are at all into cooking or baking, then you know that Joy has the most scrumptious blog about baking and cooking. Additionally, she has a certain way of captivating you by simply telling you what is going on around the Internet or elsewhere, what she did that day, or just downright pointing out something that you too just happened to be thinking of. So, in a way, Joy not only teaches you how to make amazingly delicious food in the easiest way, but when reading her blog, it is as though you are sitting down and having a cup of coffee with a friend. Her "Let it be Sunday" posts are a great example of this, and one of my fav blog series.

As a reader of Joy's blog, and someone who loves to make decadent food, I love the fact that she celebrates the usage of real ingredients such as butter, sugar, and chocolate. I mean, have you seen these black and white baked donuts? Her second book - Homemade Decadence - comes out in October. I am certainly looking forward to it!

As someone who loves to travel and isn't afraid of change, I loved hearing Joy's story on how and why she moved earlier this year to New Orleans and into her gorgeous home (built in the early 1800s). It's a gorgeous place, and filled with art and style (and a cat called Tron).

Thank you, Joy, for participating in my series. You are a breath of fresh air, and it was great spending time with you!

A little glimpse of the incredible natural light and art in Joy's home. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This balcony is even more amazing in person!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Joy's kitchen, where all the magic happens. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: peony, anemone, rose, nigella, blushing bride Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

We walked around the neighborhood, which is oozing with charm. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, these french doors + Joy + her bouquet - so much light and so much beauty in one image! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood