Back in February I had the opportunity of capturing my friend Charmain of Emblem Flowers, hard at work at her Valentine's Day flower stand hosted by one of my favorite local coffee shops in Pasadena, Lavendar & Honey Espresso Bar. It's obvious Charmain's art is about connecting with community and making flowers and arrangements available to all people. I was inspired by her fresh take on the flower stand which featured a curated selection of atypical fresh spring blooms and greens made available to anyone and everyone wanting to make their own bouquet for a loved one. I found myself realizing that what drew me in was the fact that each bouquet was made with a whole lot of thought and care by the person gifting it. When I asked her why she was doing the stand a few days earlier she said, "Letting people flex their design muscles by choosing their own blooms, is important. All I do is wrap it. It's more personalized and customized that way." I love it.