love week: deviant valentine


Today, to finish up Love Week with my new found love of cameras and photography, and also to celebrate Valentine's Day, I have a special post planned. Remember when I mentioned this amazing collaboration I got to do over Christmas with some of the best talent in Utah? Well, here are the fruits of our labor. I am so in awe at the talent that I got to be a part of. Enjoy, and happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day.
A day of clich├ęs. Longing hearts, roses as red as blood, dripping from every corner. Gluttonous chocolates wrapped in pretty boxes and seductive, luxurious gifts begging to be unwrapped.

Valentine’s Day.
A day filled with love. The hope of romance, the chance of a spark, and the kindling of old flames.

As we thought about what we could style for a special Valentine's shoot, glitter, pinks, reds with floating paper hearts and sparkly lights crossed our minds. But we wanted something different.
We wanted something unexpected. 
We wanted something dark. 
We wanted to capture those typical commercial elements of Valentine's: roses, chocolates, hearts and diamonds, but unearth the hidden provocative side.

Because what is Valentine's Day really about?

Underneath all of the frill and amorous Hallmark-ridden sentiments of the holiday, the real sentiments lie:
Angst. Tragic love. Forbidden passions. Blood and tears and hearts shattered on the floor. And a murdered man, who as his last act, penned a note to his love that simply read, from your Valentine.

A Deviant Valentine.

And there it was. A morbid twist on the typical commercial elements of Valentine’s day:
Broken hearts. Dark roses. Gluttony. Frivolous overspending, drowning in luxury.

We present to you,
A Deviant Valentine


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Photography: Photography by Jami Leavitt and Sara Ursua Photography
Model: Elyse Beard
Make-up and Hair: Lacy Scherf of Laced Hair
Stylist: Amanda Hill, owner of {Re}cycled Consign and Design
Location: {Re}cycled Consign and Design, Cedar City, UT

Go visit EACH of these beautiful blogs to see their take on the shoot and MORE photos! I love seeing how both photographers saw the same scene, and I loved working with Amanda and Lacy as they worked their creative magic. Check them out!


  1. Like I said before....holy crap. You are smokin.

  2. mmmmmmmmm strawberries!

  3. This is so awesome! You look very beautiful and the photos are so hot! You go girl!

    *** I bet it's fun to have these awesome pictures with that neck brace huh?

  4. Ok this is amazing and you were the perfect model for it. LOVE.

  5. I love, love, love this! Such a perfectly awesome idea.

  6. gorgeous post! love your style!

    lots of love from the c&p girls,
    casper&pearl blog

  7. Hello! I just came across your blog, and I love it! These pictures are gorgeous!! I’ve decided to follow you! If you get a minute, I’d love to know what you think of my latest outfit post! While you’re visiting, follow along so we can keep in touch! :)
    xo, elle from Living in Color.



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