Beauty. Love. Strength. Spirit. Courage. These five words embody who our "Traveling Dress" woman is. She is a mother, a lover, a sister, a friend. She has struggles, strengths, triumphs, virtues that the unforeseen world does not notice. This project inspired each of us in our own way, to share our own vision of what it means to us to be a woman. As we poured ourselves into this project, we realized that although we may be different, we are truly all the same. One green dress brought 7 strangers together and a sisterhood was born.
"The emerald conveys a more complex set of symbolism and emotions. Green, by nature, is the most calming of all the colors on the color wheel. It encourages growth, reflection, peace and balance. It also represents healing and fertility."
Jessica Miles, Florida
"I was inspired to try something outside of my comfort zone. I had never been brave enough to shoot at night, so when the opportunity to join The Traveling Dress Collective arose, I decided to try something new. I've been forcing myself to push my own boundaries this past year and began doing a lot of self-portraiture to document my way through illness and back to health. For these images, I went to downtown Sarasota, and took them using whatever available light I could find late at night. It was challenging and eye opening to set outside my box."
Katy Yates, Washington
“The forest is where all magic comes from. It is where my heart lies and my mothering happens. There is a quiet there that cannot be found anywhere else! And from the forest comes strength and beauty and peace!”
Korinne Brownlee, Florida
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“My name is Korinne Brownlee and I own and operate Korinne Brownlee Photography in the southern region of Florida. When I saw the opportunity to be a part of the Traveling Dress Collective” I jumped right on it! I love any and every opportunity to continue my growth in this industry as well as bolster my creativity alongside some fantastic fellow photographers. Believe it or not, I found this beautiful young woman who modeled for me, working at a popular Ft. Lauderdale restaurant in the midst of a girls’ weekend away I was enjoying with a few of my close friends. I approached in her a totally pro-stalker way telling her she was clearly striking and would love for her to meet me at sunrise the next day at my hotel to model for me (not creepy whatsoever—amiright?!) She was so gracious and came bright and early to blow my socks off with her natural beauty and effortlessly cool demeanor.”
Taylor Boyd, Texas
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“Though Boerne, Texas isn't the biggest town, the hill country is still a beauty, and when you add in a gorgeous green dress + heavy fog, you get spectacular moments. I had actually had the dress once before. I had completed the session, ready to submit my images, and my hard drive failed me. The re-shoot was more than I could ever dream of, and even though I was so devastated with the loss of the first go-around, the second time I had the dress, it was absolutely what I needed to get the creative juices going.
My favorite part of photography is the adventure, and finding new spots to shoot in. This early sunrise session resulted in me finding the perfect little new spot to shoot in, and I was so excited about it! Texas made a mark in the gorgeous Emerald green dress, and memories were made. I absolutely loved taking part in this journey!”
Participant 7: (Team Leader)
Steph Pate- California
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“The light was low in my living room and I became inspired to create a portrait that felt like I took the dress traveling back into time. I wanted to express how our roles in motherhood/womanhood seem to remain the same thru history, how portraiture, even in that era, can portray a woman to be powerful and inspiring. The emerald conveys a more complex set of symbolism and emotions. Green, by nature, is the most calming of all the colors on the color wheel. It encourages growth, reflection, peace and balance. It also represents healing and fertility.”
Graphic Designer since 2005 and natural light photographer producing mostly black and white images, some color, with a fine art style, located in Vancouver, WA, USA.
I love creating. I love finding beauty in the mundane and seemingly trivial. I love being a part of creating beautiful things.
I tend to be an over-sharer. So here goes. Music, movies, and imagery are God's gifts to me. I'm convinced these are the tools He chooses to communicate with me. I make mistakes everyday, try to clean up the mess alone, make it worse, then finally, as a last resort call on the One I should have in the first place. I'm desperately searching to fill the hole that only He can fill and everyday I become more convinced that it won't be filled here... and I can't wait to meet Him face to face. To finally meet who I was created for. To finally understand.