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They’re the longest days of the year…so why do they slip away so fast? We hold onto them like grains of sand that slide through our fingers – their presence is fleeting, almost intangible. Each day brings with it a prism of colors; the purple haze of dawn’s first light, the golden rays of magic hour, the rose glow as the sun takes its final bow.   Indigo, chartreuse, tangerine.  I want to bottle up each of these colors and keep them on a shelf so I can look at them all winter long.  Pull out their corks and let little bits of their light out to brighten those dark days.  Yes, this time of year I see the world in technicolor dreams.

“Tangerine, Tangerine, Living reflection from a dream;
I was her love, she was my queen, And now a thousand years between.”

– Led Zeppelin

Above – She’s A Lady Printed Dress

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 Stargazer Mini Dress, Suede Treasure Lariat.

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First Kiss Slip, Salt Spray Kimono

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Salt Spray Kimono

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Tulle Maxi Slip

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 Stargazer Mini Dress, Suede Treasure Lariat.

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Embroidered Knot Tie Dye Robe

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Embroidered Knot Tie Dye Robe

Photography: Shae Detar

Model: Amanda Smith

Styling: Cory Madley

Hair/Makeup: Emily Nickrent

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deltron3030 -June 24, 2014, 7:14AM

love this post! beautiful !!

Emma -June 24, 2014, 7:21AM

Wow these images are positively gorgeous! I’m in love!. The editing is so quirky and different – check out my site full of quotes, yoga, health and photography posts!

Anna -June 24, 2014, 8:09AM

Crazy colours in this, awesome. :) Really nice job.

Krystal -June 24, 2014, 10:40AM

She’s gorgeous!

Sarah -June 24, 2014, 10:52AM

Copying Alexandra Valenti much?! Not cool.

amanda -June 24, 2014, 11:19AM

some of these look identical to the work of alexandra valenti…imitation is flattery but without recognition its stealing : (

Lauren -June 24, 2014, 11:45AM

Such fun, colorful pictures! I especially love the last one, the angle is perfect!

Lauren |

meg -June 24, 2014, 11:50AM

@sarah and @amanda — shae detar has been doing work like this for quite some time now. you should check her website out. she’s an artist of her own right.

Alexa -June 24, 2014, 12:31PM

..or we could say that Valenti copies Shae Detar. Valenti´s work has a bit different vibe, but I think there could be Shae Detar´s and Sally Mann´s influence in her work. Anyway, I admire Shae Detar and her work!! Love to see her pictures here!

Brooke -June 24, 2014, 12:42PM

amazing photos!

Ava -June 24, 2014, 1:06PM

Love this shoot, the photos are gorgeous!!!!

ansley -June 24, 2014, 1:11PM

Anyone that knows Shae, knows that she has been creating these images and using this technique long before Veneti. People shouldn’t make negative comments without knowing Shae and seeing her work from years ago. I admire Shae’s work and her dedication to her art. Great job on these photos…they are beautiful!

Shae DeTar -June 24, 2014, 1:14PM

Thanks @alexa and @meg for defending me, I greatly appreciate that, it’s a bummer that people feel the need to comment without researching first. Oh well. ;)

@sarah and @amanda I began painting on photos as a teenager in the 1990’s…I hadn’t even heard of Alexandra until the last 2 years and I obviously had been painting on photos long before that. I respect her as an artist, but my inspiration for painting on photos and came long before I ever saw her work…people like Peter Beard come to mind, and old victorian painted photos were huge inspirations. My portfolio of work on my website is pretty clear proof anyhow, that we are quite different artists.

Sara -June 24, 2014, 1:48PM

Yes, I’ve been following Shae Detar’s work for many years and she developed this style in her own right. If anything, she has helped inspire a lot of Valenti’s work. Both are talented photographers, but it is unfair to accuse Detar of copying when that simply isn’t true, especially if you are familiar with her entire catalog of work. Beautiful photos.

Natalia -June 24, 2014, 3:11PM

Just because one artist chooses to use a particular medium does not exclude all other artists from using it as well. Bravo Shae!

Susan -June 24, 2014, 6:03PM

such wonderful photos, the tangerine tint gives them a magical, fairy tale quality!
Susan I

Meg -June 25, 2014, 12:04AM

This is lovely!

Taylor -June 25, 2014, 10:37AM

Wow, these are so cool!! Totally in love with Shae’s work! :)


Hypnotica Vintage -June 25, 2014, 5:42PM
ivette -June 26, 2014, 5:30AM

man! you nailed it!
this is amazing!♥♥♥
btw… I love that song too, I’m obsessed with led zeppelin..

Britt -June 30, 2014, 5:46AM

These photos are amazing! As a natural red head, I love seeing natural ginger models. Obsessed with Shae Detar’s work!

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