With Mother's Day approaching there is one place that comes to mind. Bloom Retreat in Walnut Creek came into my life when I didn't even know I needed it. It's founder Michelle Long is not only a client but a friend who I respect and look up to. What she has been able to accomplish with Bloom Retreat is truly inspiring. I had the pleasure of working with Abi Q Photography (also featured here) and Melissa Hoffmann (who guest posted here) to style not only the stunning Michelle, but the incredible space she's created.
Bloom Retreat is an oasis created for mothers to unwind and receive the calm moments they deserve. They have everything from a co-working space, yoga studio, spa rooms and on-site childcare. I mean, what more could you want?! Oh, how about a community of supportive women that want to connect and help support each other. It really is something special and I feel honored to be a part of this shoot and to help contribute to a place that is doing so much good.
The space is filled with vintage finds that add a quaint and cozy touch. There is an instant calm that waves over you as you enter the space and when styling the space, I wanted to emphasize that. Peach and cream roses, Bloom's white tea cup collection and old cameras were just some of the key pieces used in this shoot. But my absolute favorite thing used in the photo shoot was light. Abi is a serious genius with how she photographs light. But that's a whole separate blog post.
I love the pictures of Michelle's kids. They are so relaxed in front of the camera and they also happen to be the cutest kids ever. Above is her sweet daughter Edie looking precious as ever. Here is a little tip if your kids are being photographed with you. Pick their favorite outfit, the shoes they live in (if they aren't too gross) and comfort is key. If your kids feel at ease it will be much easier to capture them in their natural state. As someone who frequents Bloom Retreats yoga classes often, I can't tell you what a safe space it is. At the beginning of Michelle's class she asks everyone "What do you need from today's class?". As each person goes around the room and responds to the question at hand, there is something special that happens. It bonds us. It's a pretty incredible thing to say that not only is my yoga class helping my body and my mind, but it makes me feel connected and supported. Special stuff.
Bloom's philosophy is:
When we take time to care for ourselves and realign with our centers, we…
- become better mothers, partners, and women
- embrace our roles, our creativity and energy reignite
- remember our beauty… and we bloom.
We wanted Michelle's look to be in line with the space. Cozy, inviting and warm. Melissa kept her makeup and hair soft and natural which just enhanced her natural beauty. Such a lovely woman inside and out. I love her story about how Bloom Retreat was created. She took tragedy and turned it into understanding. And from that understanding she realized a necessity for a space that could remind Mom's to take time for themselves. I appreciate that she saw something that needed to exist and then she made it happen. You can learn more about it here.Bloom Retreat does every day what Mother's Day does once a year. Mamas are celebrated, appreciated and cared for in a genuine way. So in the spirit of Bloom, to all you mamas out there I have something to tell you.
"Mama, you deserve all the love, chest bumps, fist pounds, high fives and baby hugs in the world." - Tweet it to spread the mom love!
Oh! And a special mama's day shout out to my own Mom. Even after 30 years (cough cough.. yes I'm 30) she still knows how to make me feel supported and taken care of. Sending you love all the way from California!