I got to photograph my sweet friend Velour, a published artist! Cross that off the list of incredible things I’ve done in this lifetime! 🙌
Velour and I met at a Latin dance social my first year in Florida and became fast friends. Really, within just a few minutes we were chatting and laughing like two girlfriends who hadn’t seen each other for years. It was pretty amazing! Since then, she’s been one of my closest friends.
Velour is one of those people you can talk to and instantly feel like you’ve known her for years. Her laugh is infectious, her smile is contagious, her work ethic is inspiring. She’s a published artist, a singer, a musician, a dancer, a teacher, and currently studying to become a neurosurgeon! And she built a piano table for her keyboard!
There are so many things Velour does that I think is just so cool (I could sit here and compliment her for days!) and one of the things that I think is so special about her art is that she’s turned it into pendants for necklaces!
So even though you mostly see me photograph weddings and portraits, when Velour asked me for high quality photos of her art to use for her website, it was such an honor to be a part of something special for her. And since we’re both so busy, it was nice to have a reason to get together and catch up!
You know what I was surprised to hear (and now that I know, I suppose I’m not so surprised) was how long it takes to complete a piece of art. In my head I thought it would take like a week, or maybe a month (and maybe you thought that too). With her last piece, the most recent one that she painted after her grandmother passed away, she said it was actually the fastest piece she’s done and it took her a few months. The other ones took her a few years! When I heard that, my eyes got wide as saucers and my jaw dropped open! I love the depth of her art, and hearing how long it takes to create it made me appreciate her art so much more. She’s a talented woman!
Velour is always smiling, cheerful, and encouraging, and I can’t wait to see how her art impacts the world.
If you’d like to follow along Velour’s journey, you can find her here: