embracing imperfection: seven on seven

I almost bailed on this month’s 7-on-7 because I’ve been busy shooting the Spring Noonday Collection. But these are the photos I’ve been taking, so these are the photos I’m sharing even if I feel a little vulnerable about it.

I did a thing last fall. A friend invited me to see Noonday Collection at her house. I was smitten by all the beautiful earrings, bracelets, bags, all handmade. I was even more taken by the stories of the artisans who make all these beauties by hand. I loved learning about country-specific raw materials like ethically sourced water buffalo horn from Vietnam or repurposed bullet casings in Ethiopia transformed into beauty.

Everyone I’ve met who knows Noonday loves Noonday.

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If you’re not familiar, Noonday Collection is a certified B-Corporation that helps to create a fair trade marketplace for 4,500 artisans of jewelry and accessories from around the globe. I like pretty things. I especially like pretty things that help make positive change. Noonday Collection uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities — wanted, dignified jobs — in 14 less-resourced countries around the globe. The founder was recently featured in Magnolia Magazine and Forbes.

Today is the launch of Noonday Collection’s spring line and ambassadors are participating in a style challenge. I’ve only posted one of these so far on the gram, so consider this a sneak peek. (If you’re feeling really generous, pop on over to @taranoonday on Instagram and show some love for these over the next few days.) But the spring collection, as of today, is available for purchase and I’m warning you, there’s a whole lot of pretty. I’ll put a link down below, just in case.

I’m an ennegram #7 (do you know your enneagram number?) so I’m always seeking out the new but I have to say I’m super excited about this Spring Collection. The Spring Collection look book was in photographed in Antigua, Guatemala (and with Guatemalan models, so cool)! Guatemala is also home to some of Noonday’s artisan partners. I spent a month in Guatemala a million years ago studying Spanish, living with a family and volunteering in orphanages. I returned to Guatemala a few years later doing corporate social responsibility work for Aveda. I dug out a few photos from those trips. My photo skills weren’t stellar — I’m pretty sure this was point-and-shoot digital — but look at what my eye was drawn to even then. One of the (many) neato things about Noonday Collection is the way the Noonday design team works with the artisan partners to develop their traditional artisan techniques and vintage materials into products that are fashion-forward and marketable here in the United States.

Azores Earrings and Huipl luggage tag made of vintage huipl fabric and photos I took in 2005.

Azores Earrings and Huipl luggage tag made of vintage huipl fabric and photos I took in 2005.

I enjoy doing product and lifestyle photography. I do not enjoy being my own model. Noonday Collection celebrates the beauty of imperfection. In fact, Noonday Collection is imperfect by design.

“By using native and natural materials like water buffalo horn from Vietnam that varies in color from horn to horn and goat leather from India that tans over time, our artisan partners create pieces that are one of a kind in the truest sense of the word.” -Jessica Honegger, Founder, Noonday Collection

So here’s me embracing my own imperfections.

Azores Earrings (Guatemala - hand beaded earrings), Rustic Leather Wallet (India - vegetable tanned leather)

Azores Earrings (Guatemala - hand beaded earrings), Rustic Leather Wallet (India - vegetable tanned leather)

Yellow Duchess Earrings (hand rolled, hand dyed paper bead chandeliers, so light!), Paradise Pouch (vintage fabrics repurposed into a one-of-a-kind colorful clutch)

Yellow Duchess Earrings (hand rolled, hand dyed paper bead chandeliers, so light!), Paradise Pouch (vintage fabrics repurposed into a one-of-a-kind colorful clutch)

Floral Fan Necklace (India, 4,000 year old technique, each piece requires a new mold), Dhokra Earrings (India, same technique, each is unique), Polished Horn Ring (made of ethically sourced water buffalo horn in Vietnam)

Floral Fan Necklace (India, 4,000 year old technique, each piece requires a new mold), Dhokra Earrings (India, same technique, each is unique), Polished Horn Ring (made of ethically sourced water buffalo horn in Vietnam)

Arm Party - Encircled Wrap (Haiti), Dune Wrap (India), Portal Bracelet (Haiti), Terracotta Tassel (Haiti), Demi Hoops (Kenya)

Arm Party - Encircled Wrap (Haiti), Dune Wrap (India), Portal Bracelet (Haiti), Terracotta Tassel (Haiti), Demi Hoops (Kenya)

Rustic Leather Wallet, Modern Leather Tote (vegetable tanned leather) with Huipl Luggage Tag (Guatemala, vintage fabrics), and the Feliz Infinity Scarf is sold out but the Angelica - same but different colors - is available (Guatemala, hand loomed).

Rustic Leather Wallet, Modern Leather Tote (vegetable tanned leather) with Huipl Luggage Tag (Guatemala, vintage fabrics), and the Feliz Infinity Scarf is sold out but the Angelica - same but different colors - is available (Guatemala, hand loomed).

My favorites from the Spring Collection:  Marina Hoops (Hand rolled, hand dyed paper beads from Uganda), Paradise Pouch and Destiny Necklace (from the Storyline collection in partnership with the Starfish Project which helps to give women in East Asia opportunities for freedom from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

My favorites from the Spring Collection:

Marina Hoops (Hand rolled, hand dyed paper beads from Uganda), Paradise Pouch and Destiny Necklace (from the Storyline collection in partnership with the Starfish Project which helps to give women in East Asia opportunities for freedom from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Limitless Hoops (Silver plated, Peru), Silver Druzy Necklace (India, sterling silver and composite druzy)

Limitless Hoops (Silver plated, Peru), Silver Druzy Necklace (India, sterling silver and composite druzy)

Our little photo circle has grown this month and I’m excited to share the beauty Jen Vasquez brings this month!

And here’s the link to my Noonday Collection online trunk show.

the colors of fall edition: seven on seven

I have been entranced by my surroundings this fall. From cute animal encounters at the bus stop to Halloween photos on our doorstep, there was no way I could choose only seven. I went out one day seeking only yellow and could have filled an entire post with just those. Or red. Or Halloween costumes and decor. As if the foliage colors weren’t enough, we happened upon one of the most striking rainbows I’ve ever seen. Well done, fall.

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yellows leaves embrace
fallen yellow leaves
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feathered costumes halloween
little green soldier halloween
military theme halloween
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Thank you for stopping by and do hop on over to see Kris McNeil’s latest.

the pumpkin patch edition: seven on seven

October is here with all the fall festivities!

lone pumpkin by wooden wall
corn maze with a view

This had to have been one of the most scenic corn mazes I’ve ever been too, with Smith Rock State Park in the background.

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colorful indian corn
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Can you tell the difference between an alpaca and a llama? The key differences — I learned — are the ear shape and hair fluff on top of the head. (Top is llama, bottom is alpaca.)

my guys at the pumpkin patch

Just in time for school pictures, we happened to get some of the worst hair cuts the boys have ever had, oops. Oh well, they don’t seem to mind, and their hair grows plenty fast.

Probably the pumpkin cannon was a highlight for my kiddos.

Probably the pumpkin cannon was a highlight for my kiddos.

But I really loved the little hike we did at Smith Rock State Park. I definitely need to spend more time there.

But I really loved the little hike we did at Smith Rock State Park. I definitely need to spend more time there.

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Here’s hoping you’re having a lovely October in your corner of the world. Do stop by Kris McNeil Photography to see some Colorado fall beauty and another mention of llamas.

spring breakin: seven on seven

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We didn't go far this Spring Break. In fact, our mini-cation was something of a stay-cation, just two hours away from home. And yet for those few days, everything was different, we were different. We fell out of our daily routines and fell into the simple joys of time spent together. Other simple joys included: the scent of pine needles, a fireplace in our hotel room, naps on the deck, never ending bike trails. Our room had a tv, but it was never so much as powered on the entire time. Electronics were set aside for real live games of chess, spoons, Uno.

I wasn't sure my husband was going to make it back from a work trip in time to join us, but, he did and it made all the difference. It allowed us each to have some one-on-one time with the boys when they wanted to go in different directions. On the last day, the littlest one wanted to try indoor-boogie boarding on the wave rider while the eldest wanted to do more exploring on his bike. Julius took to the waves and I hit the trails. I let Jack choose our route and direct us on our ride. In turn, he was a little more willing to be in front of the camera. 

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one on one time is good
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Did you take a spring break anywhere?

Sunriver Resort is the place we stayed. We'll definitely be back.

Next in our circle is the lovely Kris McNeil, do hop over and see her images for this month! 

adventuring at lake eklutna

We've been living in our snow pants lately. Whether or not there is snow on the ground, most everything is covered in frost and everybody seems happier when all their parts and bits are nice and toasty.

We drove up to Eklutna Lake just to get outside the other day. The boys resisted at first but guess who didn't want to leave? They quickly busied themselves ice cutting (thank you, Frozen) and stick gathering and log crossing and just generally enjoying themselves outside in a pretty dang pretty setting. The blues are so blue, but there was something about the textures in the muted browns were really catching my eye. Not my typical photo share, but then Alaska is not your typical place. 

beauty in the breakdown at lake eklutna a landscape image by tara romasanta
reflected mountain at lake eklutna alaska by lifestyle phtoographer tara romasanta
why so glum, chum?

why so glum, chum?

a hint of a smile.

a hint of a smile.

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monochromatic log and grasses
smiling boys at lake eklutna
mirror reflection at lake eklutna
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