She hold's the sunshine in her lap....

|| Model: Makayla Miesel @ BMG || Dress: Arnhem Clothing ||
Assistant: Victoria Moronta

I've never been one to write a poem, but I will forever pine over Emily Dickinson's ability to intertwine words in the loveliest of ways. These are two of my favorite poems she wrote about nature and they bring this shoot to life as if they were made for each other. Makayla and her darling personality are straight from an 1800's poem even when she isn't frolicking in the flowers! 

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Two: Nature


THE GRASS so little has to do,—
  A sphere of simple green,
With only butterflies to brood,
And bees to entertain,
And stir all day to pretty tunes        5
The breezes fetch along,
And hold the sunshine in its lap
And bow to everything;
And thread the dews all night, like pearls,
And make itself so fine,—        10
A duchess were too common
For such a noticing.
And even when it dies, to pass
In odors so divine,
As lowly spices gone to sleep,        15
Or amulets of pine.
And then to dwell in sovereign barns,
And dream the days away,—
The grass so little has to do,
I wish I were a hay!        20

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Two: Nature


SEPAL, petal, and a thorn
  Upon a common summer’s morn,
A flash of dew, a bee or two,
A breeze
A caper in the trees,—        5
  And I ’m a rose!



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Tori & Victoria: New Friends & Glorious Adventures!

Words of Wisdom
Sometimes you just have to trust that things will happen exactly when they need to, and not a moment sooner. 

Model: Victoria Moronta | Benz Models; Juniper Springs Florida

Outfit 1: Thrifted Bongo Vest, Neon Hat, & Onepiece.
Outfit 2: VS bikini & Pandeia Sundial Watch

Feeling beyond blessed to have met the beautiful Victoria Moronta early this summer. This dazzling creature has  been such a joy to work with! We share not only our name, but a serious love for fashion, thrifting, the ocean, and long blonde hair! :'D 
Beyond stoked for our upcoming collaborations with I am Vibes[UK] & Lotus and Lime[Hawaii]!
Also, stay tuned for the blog posts featuring this weeks 2 day shoot full of glitter & grunge! 

This past year has been such a humbling time for my family and I. We've been blessed with the challenge of being patient and trusting that God will deliver not a moment sooner or later than need be. This has been a season of learning to rely fully on him. To trust that God will be faithful to do much with the little that we have. [I'll have to do a blog post soon to fill you guys in on the green energy turbine business my family is kick starting! HiswindTurbines.com] As many of you know I have been shooting with a less than capable camera. While the Canon Rebel T3 is a great dlsr for a beginner, I am in desperate need of an upgrade on both cameras and lenses. With that said, I am so grateful for my inability to purchase "fancy equipment" because it has caused me to really milk my camera for what it is worth. It has required me to hone my skills in photoshop and to delve into a deeper level of creativity to stand in for my lack of camera quality. With that said, I encourage you guys to never let money stand in your way. Work your hardest to multiple what God has blessed you with! If you are reading this, I LOVE YOU, and God loves you. Rely on Him and HE WILL DELIVER! Praying this prayer over my camera situation and over my readers! 

keep swimming lil mermaids!

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Ps. If you are a business interested in sending Victoria & I goodies to shoot, please contact me via email ToriRay0613@yahoo.com and we'll talk details! 


Colors of the Wind: Ft Mallory Knowles

|| Jewlery: model's own & Pandeia Sundial Watch | denim shorts: Wild & Free Hawaii | Cherry Blossom Songbird Kimono: Arnhem Clothing Byron Bay | Leather Fringe Top: Vintage ||

Model: Mallory Knowles
Muah: Mallory Knowles
Styling: Tori Ray 
Photog: Tori Ray 

Recently had the privilege of shooting with an old friend, Mallory Knowles. We dressed her up in Arnhem, Wild & Free Hawaii, & Pandeia to draw on some modern boho vibes! Hope you all enjoy this babe's stunning hair & perfect skin! :*

- New Collabs & Giveaways Coming your way!
- Currently Reading: ScrewTape Letters by C.S. Lewis. [highly recommend it] 
- Listening to: Bright Eyes, Rebelution, The Little Mermaid Track, & Bethel Live! 

Words of Wisdom that Recently changed my life!

"Do not resist or run from the difficulties in your life. These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth. Embrace all of the circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting me to bring good out of them. View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on me. 
When you start to feel stressed, let those feelings alert you to your need for me. Thus your needs become doorways to deep dependence on me and increasing intimacy between us. Although self sufficiency is acclaimed in the world, reliance on me produces abundant living in my kingdom. Thank me for the difficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self reliance."

keep swimming lil mermaids!

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