The Pursuit of Texture

     For as long as I can remember, one thing that I've always been drawn to is texture. Whether it's natural or artificial, from clothing or from the background. I absolutely love the way that it pops in an image and these past couple months I have been finding a whole new appreciation for the textures I've been finding in plants and in my surroundings outdoors. I would probably even say that I'm a bit obsessed at this point haha, all I want to do is find great natural plant textures that I can incorporate into my sessions and images.

     Whether it comes from the vibrant flowers of a blossoming and color-filled garden or from a single dense and leafy shrub, I'm probably going to want to shoot with it. My list of go-to locations for portrait sessions has expanded to included all kinds of great new places where the texture this time of year is positively wonderful.

     The thing that I'm really loving the most right now is the complete and total variety I can find in any given area. Each and every different kind of bush and tree offers something unique. Sometimes the leaves are small and matte while just across the park I may find a wall of ivy climbing up the wall or huge leaves shining with new growth. Not to mention both the subtle and drastic colors and hues that come with every different species. It gives me new found respect for those able to identify each and every different type of plant and flower and tell you the details like their blooming and color cycles.

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     This pursuit of new and different textures has me so completely excited for the fall season in Colorado as I know that it will bring, aside from the gorgeous new and different colors, a whole new kind of texture that I can chase. The slow drying of the leaves as they get ready to fall to the ground. The crunch of them underfoot and the wind blowing leaves in every direction. . .how could I not be excited haha? All I can hope is that the fall season this year is a long one, lasting all the way through October, maybe even a couple weeks into November.

     Leave me a comment with some of the favorite textures that you seen out and about. Maybe they are natural like plants and flowers. Or maybe you prefer the urban textures found in the city. Rusty buildings or simple stonework. Maybe it's the texture of clothing haha? Is there a favorite sweater whose fabric is on another level?

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