Capturing the spirit of the Northern California lifestyle is who we are. Ashbury Skies is inspired by the summer of love, which called on an entire generation to question the status quo. Well, we found “bohemia” recently in the little town of Pacifica, California, a funky, little beach town 10 miles south of San Francisco. This is our creative director, Yvette’s home turf and she has lots to say about “P” town, as it is known to the locals. Yvette chose Shelldance Orchid Garden for the Ashbury Skies Spring Photo shoot, and it is very us.
We gave a call to Nancy at Shelldance, to set all this up and she welcomed us to visit with her family of orchids and flora with an open and trusting heart. She told us the photography would be great for the orchids, and she would leave the key under the mat for us. The flowers would really enjoy the attention, she promised.
When we arrived we found this quirky little garden spot on top of a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After sliding open the wooden door, we were welcomed to another world; partly prehistoric, somewhat fantasy, and very peaceful. The green house looked like it has been lovingly cared for since it opened in the 60’s and really, not too much has changed since then. We found whimsical, moss covered garden accessories, huge bags of organic plant food, crackled garden mirrors, and a wild assortment of overgrown ferns, orchids, succulents and cactus.
Karma is important to San Franciscans and this charming orchid farm was oozing with it that sunny spring morning. The natural lighting in the green house was spectacular. We felt we were guests of the stunning flora so lovingly nurtured each day. And Nancy was right, they welcomed us with open arms.
Here are some of my favorite shots: