Be You, You Are Enough: Our Salt Flats Videos

As many pretty things as we dream up around here, I sometimes forget what it’s like to create just for the sake of creating. It’s not that I don’t love getting to share content with you here, that’s by far my favorite part of running Sugar & Cloth, it’s just that it feels very different when the pressure is on to have to create something. I guess that’s the funny thing about making a hobby into a consistent career, isn’t it?

All of the sudden what was fun can become slightly intimidating and overwhelming. When your livelihood and those of the people working for you are depending on steady growth, and bigger and better things, it’s easy for creating and being creative to become a burden and not a blessing. Or even worse, everything has to have reason.

To break the mold, we created something just for fun, for no real reason at all, and because having the reminder to just be you is enough. It was all about letting your inner color and character radiate even in a place that seems desolate.

After some late nights waking up and jotting down ideas mixed with some spur of the moment winging it, we dreamt up this Be You, You Are Enough: Our Salt Flats videos and photo shoot.

Of course this doesn’t just apply to creatives. Needless to say, with the world the way it is, we could all use a some encouragement to not be afraid to live colorfully, whatever that may look like.

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The loose idea was that it’s easy for us to all wander in black and white, but we really shine when we live in full color. Maybe that comes across to you through the video, and maybe it doesn’t, but I have to say it was a once in lifetime experience getting to create this with Jared and Kim & Jesse Moore from Modern-Atelier to share with you from the beauty that is the Salt Flats in Utah!

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Creating all of the different ideas on spot was definitely no small fete and was a TON of trial and error. I have to say… don’t try this at home with the smoke grenades! They definitely put off heat and ashes that aren’t the most pleasant feeling to say the least.

We also used a lot of colored cornstarch (or holi powder) for the additional images, so don’t fret about the safety or integrity of the Salt Flats afterward! All was A-okay, and easy to wash away.

Though it looked warm because of the blue skies, it was actually freezing once you accounted for the wind-chill. This was the parka I borrowed from Kim in between shots, and I even had hand-warmers stuffed in my shoes!

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We were lucky enough to be introduced to Sarah Knight who helped us out for the day. If you’re ever looking for a photographer or extra set of creative hands in Salt Lake City, she’s your girl! This is her committing 150% to laying on the freezing cold ground with smoke grenades in hand to make the shot happen. This woman is a total champion! be you, you are enough: our salt flats video and photo shoot - sugar and cloth - houston blogger - youtube be you, you are enough: our salt flats video and photo shoot - sugar and cloth - houston blogger - youtube be you, you are enough: our salt flats video and photo shoot - sugar and cloth - houston blogger - youtube be you, you are enough: our salt flats video and photo shoot - sugar and cloth - houston blogger - youtube

To get the drone footage where I’m running with a trail of yellow smoke on my feet, we gaff taped a smoke grenade to my shoe. Needless to stay you shouldn’t try this at home, it definitely puts out extreme heat!

It’s always fun getting to work with Kim & Jesse, who also filmed our Cool Photo School. They’re so go with the flow, but also really innovative and fun to be around. We’re basically looking for a reason to hire them at any given moment, ha!

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To squeeze as much out of the trip as we could, we also brought along Jesse’s new scooter… and tied balloons and smoke grenades too. I mean, why not?! Jared still thinks he’s Tom Cruise after getting to drive this bad boy around, and K&J got some fun snaps on it too.

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This was definitely a day I’ll never forget, and I’m so thankful to The Moore’s for being down for our crazy ideas. Hopefully it brought you some color and inspiration!

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49 thoughts on “Be You, You Are Enough: Our Salt Flats Videos”

  1. I love these so much! We are trying to decide where to do our family pictures this year and I love the idea of the salt flats. I’m just wondering where exactly you went for these–how far from Salt Lake was this? Thanks !

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  2. I really loved reading your blog. I also found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading, I had to go show it to my friend and he ejoyed it as well!

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  3. Spectacular effects giving color and life to the salar so white. The video was excellent, I loved the results of the photos, it looks magical. Congratulations on the wonderful work. Grade 10.

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  4. This looks like such a fun shoot! The images are beautiful. Thanks for the reminder to create just for fun every once and awhile. It’s easy to forget that with the pressure to create Something new and different for work all the time! :)

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  5. What a blast! I love that you just went out to create to create! I feel that pressure too and it is always a good reminder to just create on your own! LOVE this!!

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  6. hello, these pics are simply stunning! i have just come across your blog, so awesome!
    i love the fact that you are a christian and are a young married couple,
    Also wondering when did you and jared get married and have you ever shared any wedding pics?
    thanks maree

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  7. These photos are breathtaking! This looks like a movie set. lol. Great job! I’ve been wanting to start painting to use my creativity just for fun and this post definitely inspired me to get my paint supplies out to start doing that. :-)

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  8. allowing yourself to be creative just for the mere joy of doing so, is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences. This photoshoot and video you guys made is beyond memorable!!! Epic! Absolutely loved it!!!

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  9. This shoot is so crazy beautiful, INSPIRING and creative! Thank you so much for pushing forward and for makign BEAUTIFUL art like this!

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  10. This is just so epic. Mari and I have been dreaming of a smoke bomb shoot for a while. This makes me want to do something over the top crazy like that even more so! Well done, friends.

    Carrie
    www.wearwherewell.com

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  11. Well, I always think everything you create is amazing but this is jaw on the floor. Every picture should be framed. And the videos were so moving!

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  12. LOVE this shoot. So well done. :) Always wanted to play around with smoke bombs for photos like this. where do you get your crop tops from? Love them.

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  13. This is too fun! We absolutely love how this turned out and love that you did it just for the sake of having fun! Keep killing it you two. <3

    xo,
    Christina & Robert

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