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When photographer and visual artist Jamie Beck moved from Manhattan to France for her sabbatical, she had intended to do so for only a year. Fast-forward four years and a baby daughter later, Jamie and her husband, Kevin Burg, are just as in love with the French countryside as ever.
Her fondness for Provence and its culture has also influenced her body of work. Her photographic art draws inspiration from the Baroque period with its ornate detail and rich color palette. Most recently, as a response to the stay-at-home orders, Jamie has committed to creating one original piece of art a day for a series called #IsolationCreation. Through this process, she has been able to produce affordable fine art and inspire a global community of creatives.
Keep reading to see her typical morning as an American living and working in France.
Sun is up and so is the baby. Our 16-month-old daughter, Eloise, is our daily alarm clock. But before we do anything, we have a good amount of morning cuddles in bed together, have some water, and share a small yogurt before approaching the day. Eloise and I have matching pj’s from LoveShackFancy.
I do two applications of skincare using only La Bella Figura twice a morning—once when I first wake up and then again before I apply my makeup late in the morning. I fell in love with La Bella Figura skincare because of its raw, organic ingredients approach and sustainable-focused small-farm sourcing.
Get the baby dressed. Today, she’s wearing one of my favorite baby brands, La Coqueta Kids, with a handmade French bow by Five /Eleven. Eloise usually has scrambled eggs, wheat bread, and fruit for breakfast. Though, on Saturdays, we all have croissants, which I made the subject matter of my Day 50 #IsolationCreation!
While Daddy drops Eloise off to crèche (daycare), I begin getting ready. I finish my morning coffee, take a shower, and do my second application of skincare. If I’m going to wear makeup that day, I’ll apply it now, and I'll usually toss my hair into a low French chignon using Kristin Ess French hairpins.
I then get dressed and head downstairs to my photography studio. Typically, I wear very long and flowing fashions, not only because I like it for my personal style but because it really protects you from the heat in France. Keeping the sun off your skin and wearing loose, light-colored, breathable fabrics is the only way I survive.
Once dressed, I always begin in the studio by turning on my "Provence Work Music" playlist and lighting a candle. This ritual is so important to get me in the right headspace for creativity. It is, in a way, my creative meditation music and ambiance.
I always burn candles, such as my current Diptyque Fig scent, that is a local scent to Provence. To create work that lives and breathes a specific place on Earth, I'll try to surround myself in only that world. The fig candle is just an extension of the fig tree outside my studio window.
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