Saturday, June 2, 2012

Come away with me to Blackberry Farm


Welcome to Blackberry Farm and the incredible lifestyle of the amazingly, fabulously talented Kimberly Taylor! It was my distinct honor and privilege to spend two glorious days photographing Kim's life on her beautiful farm. As you can see I'm using tons of flowery adjectives to describe my time on Kim's lovely piece of land. I deeply admire Miss Kimberly! When you spend that much time in someone's home you get to see their true character. Kim is a lovely lady. I feel incredibly blessed to be allowed into her life. She has so many gifts! A true talent! She really should be one of the "big boys" because she blows Martha Stewart out of the water! Kim is the real deal and probably one of the hardest working women I know! She also raises four sweet boys. I'm sure they would hate to be called sweet but that is what they are! They are friendly and jovial and are quick to include me in conversations. I've really enjoyed meeting them! She and her husband are also an amazing example of generosity. Kim has no idea how she is an example to me! I want to be more like her and her husband! Generosity is so impressive to me because I don't think we see it often anymore and so it's something that really stands out about the Taylors. I've also spent time walking markets in the past with her lovely mother and it's such a joy to be so close with someone that inspires me so greatly.

Kim loves the french lifestyle and it's contagious! She diligently works to bring that quality of life into her home. When you visit her lovely farm you feel as though you could sit at the kitchen table for hours enjoying all of the wonderful foods that she has prepared. And let me tell you, I know that she has poured love into those meals and that's how she is showing you that you're important to her! I could spend hours upon hours sitting at her dining table or at the kitchen counter. Kim's gift of hospitality is unparalleled. I hope the beauty of her life and the generosity she displays in hospitality shines through in these photos.

When I went to Costco the other day to pick up these photos for my final assignment my eyes got teary! I could NOT believe I took these photos! Next Tuesday is my last day of class and I've finished one year of photography schooling. What a DREAM COME TRUE!! It was only three years ago when I was so lost and without direction. I remember trying art classes, taking a part time job, etc. looking for something to be passionate about. I was a mediocre cook at best and didn't have the slightest clue what ISO or aperture was. You might as well have been speaking french to me. I was reading lots of blogs back then and kept finding myself captivated by food blogs. I began experimenting in the kitchen, trying leeks, roasting my first chicken, steaming bok choy. I tried everything. Before long I found myself beginning to make pretty food and I would try to capture it with photography. My photos were so-so at best and it led me down the road to photography school. Taking photos is a JOY for me! I've never thought of myself as an artistic person. I used to joke that my brother and sister were the artists and that I was quite capable of balancing your checkbook or helping you set up a budget. While those are good things I would feel a little sad inside because I wanted a way to express my creativity as well. Cooking and photography have become my artistic expression. I can't believe I'm living such an amazing dream! It's been quite a journey. If you're at that place where I was 3 years ago and you feel broken or lost please remember that God has infinite creativity at his disposal and he's placed special and unique gifts inside of you and he's busting at the seems to see those wonderful things begin to come pouring out of you! If you find yourself in that lost place DON'T GIVE UP! This is only the beginning! The best is yet to come and God will use everything you've learned to bring those special things he's placed inside of you to a deeper level.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." Elizabeth Kubler Ros

To Kimberly, my friend.

Thank you!!! You helped make a dream come true for me! Being at your farm is like taking a vacation. I admire you, adore you. You are one class act!! I'm proud and privileged to call you friend.



To discover more about Kimberly and her lovely farm click here.
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40 comments:

  1. Ohhh, I'm so jealous! I'd love to visit this fabulous place! Your photos are gorgeous!

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  2. You really did nail this girl- it was so nice having you here hanging out and seeing it all through your eyes. Thank you for sharing this with us- what a special treat!
    xx

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  3. Oh goodnight. I'm officially coveting my long distance "neighbor". Ha! That's not good. What a perfect place to take pictures. They are lovely Lissa. I give you an A+++:)

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  4. How wonderful, these are beautifully taken. congrats on your year of photography school. I think kimberly is the most inspiring person, yet she makes everyone feels as if they are. I have been at the receiving end of her and mr. taylor generosity and grace and is has profoundly been inspiring and life changing. Honestly such a treat to look at these and read your words, thank you these are B e a u t i f u l !

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  5. Thanks for sharing! This is a beautiful farm & photos.I too follow Kim and love all her talent.Sweet you two are friends!
    Nice to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel when you are broken and feel hopeless.I am there, smack in the middle and I see the changes and how beautiful people don't just happen.I know there is a reason & I am working threw my struggles.Soon I hope to be on the other side as well and be renewed.~Blessings Kim

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  6. Lovely photos!! Kim id such a great person and loved to 'enter' her farm with your photos.

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  7. Thank you for your beautiful pictures and words. Kim truly is a class act to follow. I don't know you, but feel you are one special lady yourself. Florence

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  8. I LOVED every single photo!! And your post was absolutely wonderful. Enjoy the weekend.

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  9. Wow!!!! that is one of the most beautiful posts I have ever read and oh my the photography is beyond gorgeous!!!! I am so very glad that you found your gifts and you are sharing them with us...Simply marvelous !!! and yes Kim surely is a blessing to us all...from across the pond c xo

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  10. This is so great Lissa! Love the pictures, love the words. And if Kimberly gets tired of that kitchen, I will gladly move right in. I have always loved her kitchen! I am glad you have found your passion. He is endlessly creative, isn't He?

    Amy in CA

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  11. Awww Lissa I am so thrilled for you. Your talent really shines through each photo and they are indeed magazine quality. You are a rock star and I don't just say that. I love the sweet things you said about your friend too... we all need nice things said about us and I am sure that your words blessed her. YOu are a true JOY Lissa and I'm glad to call YOU friend. :)

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  12. Miss Kimberly has been inspiring me for years Lissa and I cannot wait for the day that we will finally meet face to face. I yearn to walk around the farm with her and meet her beautiful family ~ sit at the island with a glass of wine or cup of coffee. What a great post and you truly captured all that is Kim. xo

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  13. Do you know which photo is my favorite? The one of me holding the eggs- look how cute my right thumb used to look! Granted, that was before I smashed it in a rat trap and how have a permanent bump on it... Thank goodness you captured it back when it was such a lovely thumb!
    ;)

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    1. hahaha!!!! yes! good thing indeed! And that makes me very happy that I chose that photo for your kitchen notes book!

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  14. Gorgeous photos!! I love the one of the eggs...so lovely. But all of them are beautiful! So glad you had such a wonderful time!

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  15. Lissa, what beautiful pictures, so happy you found your true passion, I'm sure glad you're sharing it with us on your lovely blog.

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  16. I have tears as I finished this post. Two of my favorite people in the entire world. You wrote so beautifully about my sweet friend! I nodded with every word you wrote about Kim, her little farm and her family. I love, love, love these photos and will call you to tell you all my favorites! Adore you!

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  17. HI there. I have just looked at your blog for the first time in a long time and I was scrolling through the photos thinking "wowzers, her photography has come a LONG way!" Then I read the post. And yes. Now I know why. CONGRATULATIONS on a year's worth of hard work that has definitely paid off! I'm inspired!

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  18. Well done! You are both beautiful people and you bestow blessings on all who visit!

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  19. she's leaving my dream....on a farm! I miss those days so much and find myself more and more grateful that I grew up with a mom who was as hardworking and kind and generous as it sounds like Kimberly is. I loved growing up on a farm...her boys will be ever blessed for it!

    You're such an encourager, Lissa! I'm sure she feels very blessed to call you friend, too.

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    1. Oh sweet girl, how I hope those boys will one day look back on their childhood with fond and beautiful memories. I think it will take going out into the world on their own to be able to look back and really see how wonderful it was~
      xx

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  20. Oh my gosh I love both of your blogs so this is possibly one of my favorite posts as such a reflection of the beauty inside and out of both of you. LOVELY and wish I lived closer so I could visit!!!

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  21. Just gorgeous, love it! Now I'm going to look at it again

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  22. What a fantastic post! Love the style, your photography and her farm :)

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  23. What a beautiful person. I love her home. LOVE! The sheep are so adorable! And the eggs! Brown eggs are my favorite. The blackberries won't be ready for another month or so, will they?

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  24. Wow Lissa! Your photos are fabulous....straight from a magazine fabulous! You should be proud! I wish I could have hung out with you girls...looks like it's right up my alley :)

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  25. Lissa your photos are stunning and I can see why you would feel so wonderful being in that environment. I love reading how happy and passionate you are about your food and photography....congratulations on completing your year long course....I can't believe it's been a year as I remember when you told us you were enrolling in photography school. You have done well and I agree, your photos are MAGAZINE WORTHY....where to from here...would be great if you can get a little bit of pocket money for your photos. There are websites where you can load your photos and get a royalty when people use your "stock photo". Regardless if you just do it because you love it, I think it's wonderful.

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  26. Lissa...these are STUNNING...stunning!
    you have a beautiful God given gift and my heart
    swells to see you using it
    to go through what you have and looking back at
    how God made a way....just the beginning of a beautiful
    story!
    glad I can be an itty bitty part of it:)
    xoxo

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  27. Thank you for your Golden words sweet girl. You are doing such a beautiful dance with the work of your eyes............a gift from above. And your words to us!
    Thank you! XO

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  28. Oh Lissa! These photos and your accompanying words are just so amazing! You are so talented, just like your friend, Kimberly! So happy that your passion has come full circle!!!

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  29. So beautiful. You have truly captured Kimberley and her farm in your photos and words. How lovely for you to find your creative joy!

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  30. Lissa, I just came over from Kim's blog -- you captured her life and farm so perfectly! These photos -- and your words -- were an absolute treat!

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  31. I just love it. Love your photos, her farm, your friendship....! love YOU! xoxo

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  32. Beautiful photography Lissa~ Her home looks so cozy and loved~ thanks for sharing! :) Rachel

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  33. Love these pics...and Kimberly's blog and farm. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Miss Lisa....I have touched upon your blog several times over the last few years and have always enjoyed it, and even as a stranger has been impressed by your perseverance. What photography school did you attend? I too feel the need to further pursue my photography along with what I love to do, which is refinish furniture and dabbling in design. My kids are both grown and it feels right to delve into a new adventure? Thanks for any input. I live in Illinois, but wondered what school you attended...Thanks...Suzi

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  35. Miss Lisa....I have touched upon your blog several times over the last few years and have always enjoyed it, and even as a stranger has been impressed by your perseverance. What photography school did you attend? I too feel the need to further pursue my photography along with what I love to do, which is refinish furniture and dabbling in design. My kids are both grown and it feels right to delve into a new adventure? Thanks for any input. I live in Illinois, but wondered what school you attended...Thanks...Suzi

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    1. I just went to our local community college that provided a good photography program. Good luck with your new adventure! Thank you for your kind words!

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  36. I came upon your blog via Anne over at Fiona and Twig. Not only did I enjoy reading about your beautiful stay at the Taylor's farm, but I am also excited to know that I found you because I am at a loss for GF recipes. My son was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and my MD told me that I have symptoms of it, too. I just signed up for your feeds so I will be back to visit.

    Thank you for sharing such beauty and simplicity on your blog.

    Becky
    California

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