“I must have flowers, always, and always.” Monet

Floral Prints | Crystal Lynn Collins | The Pollen Mill I am working on a new series of prints with floral designs by the lovely, Kim Mills of  The Pollen Mill. I am currently taking custom orders while the print shop is being stocked! Please contact me or Kim if you’d like to place a print or canvas order. Can’t wait to share more with you all very soon. xx

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Finding Peace | Crystal Lynn Collins

finding peace. It was a warm summer afternoon in September. Chris and I should have been getting ready to celebrateView full post »

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lavender harvest | soul food farm “like a wildflower; she spent her days allowing herself to grow, not many knewView full post »

Cancun Sunrise | Cancun, Mexico

Sunrise. Cancun, Mexico “Someone once told me to always live for the little things in life. Live for 5am sunrises andView full post »

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finding peace | Crystal Lynn Collins

It was a warm summer afternoon in September. Chris and I should have been getting ready to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary but instead we were in the midst of preparing for my surgery and subsequent treatment. It had been about 3 or 4 days since my diagnosis and I had spent the better part of those days in doctor appointments or curled up on the couch.  I was numb with pain and my heart ached with fear. I don’t know how he did it, but my sweet husband finally convinced me to get up and go on a hike.

Out on one of our favorite trails, we wandered slowly through the hills, soaking in the sunshine. As we quietly walked along, a feather floated softly down from the blue sky above and landed gently at my feet. I stopped, picked it up and at that moment my mind began to wander. I wondered what kind of bird it came from, where it was going and how long it had been floating in the breeze before it landed in my path. For the first time in weeks, I remembered what it was like to be free. Free of worry. Free of fear. I felt the fear and anger dissipate and I began to  feel more like myself again. Suddenly, a sense of peace washed over me. I knew everything was going be ok. I found peace in nature and it was exactly the strength and motivation I needed to endure the long days that awaited.

As time presses on I continue to find feathers when I need them the most. They always seem to find me and remind me that everything will be alright.

finding peace | Crystal Lynn Collins

finding peace | Crystal Lynn Collins

finding peace | Crystal Lynn Collins

finding peace | Crystal Lynn Collins

«photos  by my  dear friend, Katie Zaboy»

«tattoo by the incredible, Jessica Zed»

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi

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Along the way in life, I met a boy named Chris. It was April of 2001 and I was seventeen years old. It didn’t take longView full post »

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lavender harvest | soul food farm

lavender harvest | soul food farm | © crystal lynn collins

“like a wildflower; she spent her days allowing herself to grow, not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all knew her light.” Niki Rowe

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Energy | Weekly Inspiration

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Sunrise. Cancun, Mexico

“Someone once told me to always live for the little things in life. Live for 5am sunrises and 5pm sunsets where you’ll see colors in the sky that don’t usually belong. Live for road trips and bike rides with music in your ears and the wind in your hair. Live for days when you’re surrounded by your favorite people who make you realize that the world is not a cold, harsh place. Live for the little things because they will make you realize that this is what life is about, this is what it means to be alive.” ~ A.Y.

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Waking up at sunrise while on vacation is a tradition Chris and I started many years ago. Being in nature before the rest of the world is so refreshing and inspirational, and watching the sky explode with color as the sun begins to rise is by far one of my most favorite things.

 

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The Ritz Carlton | Half Moon Bay, California

The Ritz Carlton | Half Moon Bay, California Chris and I were looking for a little escape this weekend so we hopped inView full post »

Ghibli Museum | Mitaka, Japan

On our  recent trip to Japan, we were lucky enough to get invited on a tour of the Ghibli Museum. After taking a fewView full post »

Post Ranch Inn | Big Sur, California

This past summer, Chris and I were really feeling the need to skip away for a few days. With little time to plan and aView full post »

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  • June 29, 2016 - 7:47 am

    barbara testa - Your pictures are AMAZING! Love the beautiful sunsets! XxReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2016 - 10:01 am

    Alice - These photos are absolutely wonderful, Cancun Mexico looks so amazing and serene! I need to try seeing a sunrise next time I go on vacation!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N UReplyCancel

Soul Food Farm Wedding

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a styled wedding with a group of incredibly talented vendors at Soul Food Farm. Amber Johnson, Coordinator and stylist, set the tone of timeless romance incorporating all the elements of the farm. Using all local vendors, she included antiques, fresh eggs and lavender, bespoke floral, and beautiful treats all tucked away in the stunning olive orchards. I had such a wonderful time working with this group of local wedding professionals. I hope you enjoy what we created out on the farm.

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venue// Soul Food Farm ~ floral// The Pollen Mill ~ planning/coordination// Amber Johnston

cake & treats//Studio Sweets~ hair & makeup// Kristine Sagan ~ rings// DeBartolo ~ invitations//Ramble & Root

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