This was a personal creative project showcasing natural creativity and feminist images. We invited a local amateur model, artist, and student to participate in the photo shoot to share her beauty and confidence among the flower structure and style created by Pilar in her home. The overarching look is natural with a touch of rich gold, very little makeup, and focal jewelry pieces. Bold colors, strong lines, fierce eyes, and bodily ease suggest a woman warrior, finding peace and clarity in this garden bath. The creators of this piece are all women (the designer, the photographer, and the model)—most of them brown women. We are creative women and beautiful souls, and we deserve to be boldly represented.
Photos by Nautilus Lens Photography
Photography | Nautilus Lens Photography
Floral Design + Styling | Gorgeous and Green
Location | Pilar Zuniga's house in North Oakland
Model | Kayla Myers
Flowers: Locally Grown in California, many in Northern CA/Bay area
Bathing Suit | Zoë Bikini, San Francisco
Dressing Robe | James Coviello, Anthropology
Meet Gorgeous and Green: The florals and design in this photo story were a product of Pilar Zuniga's imagination. She is the owner of Gorgeous and Green, an eco friendly and sustainably minded floral design company and online boutique based out of Oakland. G&G has taken many forms and was a brick and mortar in Berkeley for many years.
Currently, she is focusing on her floral design practice and felt the need to showcase not just bright and bountiful florals, but people with brown skin and natural hair to revel in their beauty. Her North Oakland home is the backdrop, and her vintage clawfoot bathtub provided the key feature.