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April 2, 2013Vizcaya Florida | Our VacationPosted in Uncategorized

Happy Tuesday,

I’m not sure whether the timing of this post is perfect or cruel, to be honest I’m torn? It’s April second, and in my neck of the woods, we woke up to freshly fallen snow…non-plused. And on this unseasonably inclement day we had planned to share our Florida vacation photos. Can you get vitamin D through a computer screen, or is that just as ridiculous as Google Nose – Googles April Fools Day joke, a scented search engine? If you are prone to wishful thinking – a glass half full kind of person – this is just what the doctor ordered.

Why Florida you may ask, after all isn’t NYC Winding Violets recurrent get away destination? Melissa has a very strong emotional connection to Florida. A lot of her best childhood memories were formed in the Florida sun, a perennial vacation spot for her family. The imagination, innovation, and magic of  Walt Disney’s legacy is forever etched on that girls heart and mind. I think Belle is held in equal esteem to Batman in our household, and is where her nickname Lissabelle comes from – does that make me the Beast?

Having said that, we didn’t visit Disney this time around, but spent most of our time in South of Florida. But I am told just seeing and smelling the Atlantic Ocean in Florida is enough to lift her spirits for weeks. Being such a Gotham hound, I am natural suspicious of tropical places and Florida is no exception. Melissa has always longed for me to share this part of her heart – her love for Florida. That’s when she found Vizcaya.

Vizcaya (prononuced viz-kye-a) is an estate that was built in the 1910s by James Deering. It’s Architecture is Italian Renaissance, and is America’s answer to Versailles – at least in my mind. This is the kind of place you can’t imagine actually having been someone’s home. I found it so inspirational I insisted we take the 3 hour drive twice to spend more time on the grounds. And I’m happy to say that there is now a home for my heart in Florida too – Vizcaya.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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* You may have a keen enough eye to notice that these images look a little different that our usually brood. That’s because they were photographed on a very special camera and on film, if you can remember what that is. For Christmas this year Melissa bought me a camera I have been wanting for years, a Contax 645 medium format film camera. Because we take photographs for a living – which I absolutely love, so don’t get me wrong – it can be difficult to pick up our work gear and capture meaningful imagery of ourselves and our big life moments.

My answer to that was switching the tool. Instead of having that immediate gratification of a digital camera, we went the film route. We had to wait weeks to get our film back from the lab. That anticipation makes the images all the more dear and magical  to us. It was a pleasure to photograph Vizcaya Florida on film. A family treasure to keep for years to come.

Amanda I am now officially disappointed with all of my previous vacation photos;). The fact that you used film just shows how talented you both are; no relying on the digital image to tweak the shot. {April 02, 2013, 09:56am}
TheViolets lol! Thank you for the kind words Amanda, they mean a lot. I would shoot film all the time, but it's crazy expensive. So beautiful though...sadness. A great family treasure though! {April 02, 2013, 10:11am}
Gert Huygaerts This is awesome!!! What a great report on this lovely place... love the details, love the colors... just great! FAN!!!! {April 02, 2013, 02:16pm}
Kathleen Kuschmierz Wow breathtaking work ... They give off this amazing aura of calmness, tranquility & beauty. I want to go there now too! That would be a gorgeous wedding venue! {April 02, 2013, 07:56pm}
Erinn Simply beautiful. I think my favorite is the first shot of the Avalon! {April 02, 2013, 08:01pm}
Ashley Beautiful photos .. look like you guys had a great vacation. I've been to Versailles and I agree on what you wrote in comparison! Love the starfish photo .. beautiful! <3 {April 02, 2013, 08:16pm}
TheViolets Everyone loves that starfish photo! That's Melissa's favorite as well. Thanks for the lovely words Ashley : ) {April 02, 2013, 08:50pm}
TheViolets South Beach Miami is pretty excellent. We loved all the Art Deco architecture. The Park Central Hotel, is where Clark Gable used to hang. I had the most amazing ceviche. Thank you for commenting, and for leaving such lovely words Erin. {April 02, 2013, 08:53pm}
TheViolets Film is the best! It really captures the light in a unique way. It almost wraps the objects it touches in a warm hug. I think this might have something to do with the tranquility of the images. And agreed...let's have your wedding there. Why not right?! Thanks for the pretty words Kathleen. {April 02, 2013, 08:56pm}
TheViolets Wow, what a great comment! We love your enthusiasm. Thank you for the kind words Gert. {April 02, 2013, 08:57pm}
Justine I love the style of these pictures! They're amazing. I do feel like I got a little vitamin D from admiring their light, airiness... the colours are great! Thanks for sharing. {April 09, 2013, 09:41pm}
TheViolets Thanks Justine! Don't worry summer is on its way. As for the colors, these were all taken on film. A film capture really renders the colors and light so much differently then a digital image. I love it! Glad to hear you do to. - Lucas {April 09, 2013, 10:36pm}
Kirstie Frydenlund These scans are amazing!! What a beautiful post! Love love love the colors! {April 10, 2013, 11:01pm}
TheViolets Thank you Kirstie! We live in dismal Canada, so shooting in the beautiful Florida sunshine in January was a lovely reprieve. Great light, beautiful colours, and an amazing location, all made for an excellent trip and some great photographic momentos. {April 11, 2013, 02:01pm}

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